The x number is a maximum and is not always properly (never) represented by the manufacture. You need to find reviews that actually test the drives head to head. I am on an anti Sony kick so I say screw Sony. Folks around here seem to like Plextor and Yamaha. I just bought a tdk that some folks on another site reviewed as very good. Tiger Direct has 32x tdk for around $100.00 what prices are you seeing on the LG and Sony?
Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire.
$146 CAD is very high. By any chance, do you live in the Greater Toronto Area? If so, you can get an even faster LiteOn 40X/12X/48X from <A HREF="http://www.canadacomputers.com" target="_new">Canada Computers</A> for just a few dollars more.
AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor