What Plextor doesn't tell you is that most, of not all, SATA controllers are untested with optical drives. Most problems will be with software and utilities, firmware flashing and similar tasks. Plain reading and burning should work fine on most controllers.
At present, there is only ONE advantage to a SATA burner, and that's the lack of any limitations imposed by sharing an IDE channel with another drive.
Current drives running here: ND-2500A, ND-3500A, ND-3520A,
LTR-52327S, SOHW-1633S, SOHR-52A8S