Summary: I looked at different mother boards for over two months and finally concluded that this was the most bang for the buck (full machine configuration below). You can get higher end gaming boards but if what you want is a good solid board that will serve your computing needs well into the future I do not think you can do better. I wanted to build a machine that would serve my needs for several years.
Summary: I just built a i7-950 based system using this board and it has been very good so far. I originally planned on another ASUS board but chose this one instead for the features and I liked the blue color. I haven't tried any of the overclocking features yet and probably won't. This board was very easy to set up. I don't use the Express Gate feature so I can't say anything about it. I installed the CPU, RAM, video and it fired up the first time.
Summary: I happen to use eSata external drives quite a bit. Amazon's comparison chart indicates that this board has an eSata port in the back. IT DOES NOT. This is not the end of the world but for a board of this caliber, I didn't even think for a minute it wouldn't have eSata. Even the older P6T had it. But thank goodness it still has a PS2 connection for my 12-year-old Dell keyboard from back when I was in college! Just kidding..
Summary: I ordered this board to build my first system. After hours of trying to figure out why the system would not start, I finally called ASUS for help. After a short call, it was determined that the error checks could not get past the CPU (Intel Core i7 930). I went on line to Amazon, and easily submitted my request for a replacement. To my surprise, the new board arrived the next day via Fed Ex and I was able to continue my system.