Conclusion: The short answer is that this is one of the best boards you can buy in terms of style and features for real enthusiasts ( opposed to fake ones ). There are other companies who try to come close but the complete package from Asus makes it all worthwhile.
Summary: Initially I had my doubts about the performance of the Asus Maximus II Formula. I thought that Asus's ROG - "Republic of Gamers" was nothing but a marketing ploy, a gimmick to entice gaming enthusiasts to buy their boards ... but how wrong was I.
Pros: - Uses Intel's aslready proven P45 chipset, - Supports DDR2 ram, - Excellent performance, - Good overclocking ability (with some tweaking), - Separate Creative X-Fi HD audio card, - LCD poster for diagnostic purposes, - Internal Power-on and Reset switches, - Lots of innovative features from Asus...
Cons: - Pricey for a P45 motherboard, - May not suit everyone. It's very enthusiast.