Summary: The price increase additional $10 more while contemplating whether need it. This board doesn't have all the features of the Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe board offer. The M2N-sli board no longer boot so it is seem like a good compromise for newer technology versus features. Beside this will be a spare system so it will do.
Pros: Good enough for everyday tasks, Legacy com port
Summary: motherboard has win8pro issues , and it seems to be with Microsoft drivers ,I think???asus drivers (forced-manually)installed through xp3 compatibility procedure .asus boards are touchy anyway so we'll see how this one runs in a few days .some package damage was apparent yet seems stable for now , and no serious issues are pending with win8pro .
Summary: I can't recommend this board. I got it, installed everything and then... NO VIDEO! None whatsoever. I wish I had done some more searching elsewhere before buying this. If it works for you, great, but there are several posts about my same problem. Returning this kind of stuff is a hassle, I had such a high opinion of ASUS before... not any more.
Summary: Bought this board to update the machine that I use as my home media server. I coupled this with an AMD A8-3850 chip and it does all that I ask. The most work it gets besides sharing files is running Plex media server. While running Plex, it has transcoded all of my videos with ease and I have had no hiccups while playing the videos on various devices.
Summary: I bought this motherboard for a computer build I was doing for a friend. I wanted to get him as much computer as possible for as little money as possible. This motherboard was definitely a huge help. Now only is it a well-assembled sturdy motherboard with all of the components sensibly arranged, but it has a ton of features for such little cost!