I really think the pace at which things are coming to market have severely hurt such former stalwarts like Asus and even Intel. I had major problems with Intel's matrix RAID controller built into the SB of X38 based boards (on up). I just use the standard IDE controller now and haven't noticed much of a drop off in actual speed except on larger file transfers.
I did buy a outboard Acomdata eSATA 1TB drive (with a Hitachi HDD) and have done back ups of everything ...
I have no idea if pink noise equals 50% more time than music. I don't think it makes any difference in all honesty. If I had to guess I'd still say no matter what you use to burn in the gear you need to put in the time. I could be wrong about that. I did use various methods last year but found they made little difference but I didn't stick with them long enough to really say one way or the other.
I do have 14 HDAM modules all of which have been burned in over the last 3-14 months and they all displayed the exact same pattern which is the damndest thing I've ever come across. I don't question the process anymore since 14 times is enough to make a believer out of me.....