Hey, negritude... all that info that you've provided about these drives has been really helpful.
Do you by chance know if LiteOn is going to stop using Mediatek chipsets altogether, or is this new series of their drives that are rebadged Optiarcs just a temporary thing, or are they going to have different drives, each containing different chipsets so that the end user has a choice of chipset? I'm new to the inner components of CD/DVD drives so still a bit confused about it all.
I've also recently begun to see the LiteOn iHAS324-09 drive advertised in a few places, so I'm guessing that one contains the Mediatek chipset like the -08 model, but this one is just a 2009 version?
I've looked on the LiteOn website, but haven't been able to find the answers there, so thanks for any other info that you might be able to pass this way.