ATI/nVIDIA's GPU Physics are not
as good as the AGEIA's. The nVIDIA G80
is taped out and ready to go. Microsoft will not
shut down yoru system in the Autum if you do not install its WGA software. The
Inquirer has posted a valid rant about the lack
of Serial ATA optical drives.
So, optical drive makers, all barring Plextor, have a terminal case of recto-cranial
inversion. It can't just be me, I hear people bitching about this all the time.
It can't be price. Most SATA HDs have a $5 price premium, and I would bet good
money that it is just the manufacturers milking margins. How long will it be
before IDE is more expensive? Still, the optical folk are doing the whole ostrich
thing, and trying to, well, I don't know what they are trying to accomplish,
but more sales are not part of it.