Just an update. I received my SH-S203N a few hours ago, installed it, and did a few burns. It’s awesome so far. No problems with installation or mobo compatibility(I was expecting problems there).
I’m burning to the same media I was having problems with in my old Lite-on with great results. It is burning the RICOHJPN-R03-04 DVD+R at 18x instead of the rated 16x. My old Lite-on couldn’t even handle them at 8x.
It came loaded with the newest firmware. I don’t see a reason to flash it with patched firmware yet but I haven’t tried reading a DL pressed dvd.