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 .