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 installed this myself as part of an upgrade of an old PC - needed something more powerful but still running WinXP so my kids could play some old games that were not compatible with Win7. Installed easily and booted up just fine. I used 4GB of Corsair RAM, a Samsung 128GB SSD (which I think is fabulous for speed and reliability) and an AMD A8-3870K CPU. No issues to report - this is my third ASUS motherboard and all 3 have been great.
Summary: Installation was fairly easy... not all the screws to elevate the mother board were the same which was odd. Some were slightly taller but it worked out because they had a skinny tip. There is a Gigabyte board, which is the same as this one, that is currently $30 less, but these Asus boards are very trustworthy.