I’m glad that I came across this post, I feel better about my new parts that I’m waiting on - a 7200-S and Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R (very similar to Liggy’s P45 Giga board) .
Just so I use the latest Intel AHCI driver the Optiarc and Giga board should work nicely together. I waited a while before upgrading to this new board because I was hoping that finally most of the SATA / optical drive issues would be worked out by now (later Intel chipset, drives). I have been lucky that my current 680i NForce board and LG h62n SATA burner work well together - but the HD activity light constantly flashes ever since the h62n has been installed (if it’s disabled in Device Manager the HD act light stops flashing, so that’s been an annoying SATA burner “quirk” that I have been putting up with - much better than so many of the much worse SATA burner issues but still annoying, won’t miss the HD light constantly flashing)…
it seems that i made good choice (from reading all of the various cdfreaks forums) going with the 7200-S . I’ll still have my Ben-q 1640 but I’d like to soon replace it with a SATA drive as well - so I can finally get away from IDE all together (turn off the IDE controller, less over head / drive usage overall) - but the Ben-q I won’t replace until it dies (or if the 7200s dies 1st, ha).
Can’t wait to setup the new board / cpu / 7200s (my N-lite prepared XP sp2 install disc is ready to go <the mid October Intel AHCI driver slipstreamed>).