Most DVD burner makers are concentrating on 16x drives intead of doing it one time more with 12x speed since it will cost them more time and money. 16x DVD burners were going to be released around this summer regardless of 12x coming or not.
16x DVD+R burning speed itself does not impress me much since the average writing time for 4.7GB DVD disks will be about five minutes per disc, just less than 50% shortened instead of 100%. 8x DVD+RW, however, sounds great to me. That's about three times as fast as 5x DVD-RAM which only LG-Hitachi's latest model GSA-4120B can provide on the retail market! Maybe in 2005 or 2006, we'll see drives offering 16x DVD+R, 8x DVD+RW, and 16x DVD-RAM priced at US$30.