I hate those PATA ribbon cables so I just got a Liteon 16a7. I had to buy a PCI to SATA board cuz I ran out of SATA ports. I got the Rosewill RC-209 (SiI 3114) and everything works like a charm.
I haven't done enough burns to compare it with my other drives, but so far it seems okay, and I love those SATA cables.
I may be the only guy on my block with a DMA mode 5 burner. Now if I can crank this thing up to 32x I'll really have someting