Conclusion: ASUS has loaded their familiar retail box with all the relevant motherboard information. Clearly showing the P5E64 WS Pro's features and supported technologies. The box is not overly large or awkward, none-the-less there is a sturdy plastic handle built right into the top of it for easy briefcase style transportation. Regarding layout, the P5E64 WS PRO has a clean well laid design.
Pros: Rock Solid Stability, Out of box Performance, Maintenance Free Stock Cooling, Rich Onboard feature set, Respectable Overclocking Capability, Support for Intel 45nm CPU's, Built in Overclocking Support Features, Onboard EPU Energy Saver
Cons: Poor Placement of PCI-Express slots, PCI-Express 4th slot limited to x1 speeds, Complicated BIOS Overclocking, Limited Aftermarket Chipset Cooling Options, Heatpipe complicates CPU cooler installation
Summary: To start with, MSI P45D3 Platinum costs about 200$, and ASUS P5E64 WS Evolution ~360$. The price difference is a good demonstration of the class distinctions of the boards. In particular, the MSI board is aimed at an average system whose owner uses the second video card or plans to do that. On the other hand, the ASUS board is aimed at those users who are after the CrossFire technology with 3 or 4 video cores.
Pros: High stability and good performance level;, Four PCI Express x16 slots;, Support for SerialATA II /RAID (10 links; ICH9R + 88SE6145);, Support for one P-ATA link (Marvell 88SE6145);, Integrated 8-channel audio and two LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) controllers;, Support of USB2.0 (12 ports) and IEEE-1394 (Firewire, 2 ports);, Passive system for cooling the chipset and the power supply module;, A wide selection of ASUS' proprietary technologies (PC Probe II, EZ Flash 2, CrashF...