Summary: No particular reason anyone should buy this, I needed it to duplicate my rig for troubleshooting. This board is good, but its yesterdays papers and if I didn't have a special need I would not pay so much for a has-been board.
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.
Excerpt: Awesome mother board, functions properly out of the box. I bought this with an i7 950 and 8 gigs of ram. Was in a position to put anything in and turn the computer on and have it perform off the first attempt. Easy to set up and use. Like quite a few other people who have written reviews of this board at initial my motherboard would only detect half of my ram and immediately after spending an hour testing each and every dim and then playing musical ram I figured the...
Excerpt: Did anything I necessary and additional to have a killer computational setup. Had running at four.2GHz with 1440MHz RAM with an i7 950. The RAID controller was uncomplicated to setup. OC'ing was easy inside the BIOS. LAN went out immediately after 2 weeks. Got a replacement even though. Lots of reviewers of MEMORY have concerns with putting super quickly memory into their P6X58... But it is NOT the board. i7 chipsets only use RAM rated with a voltage of 1.6V or less.
Excerpt: Incredibly fantastic overclocker, got my 950 to four. no dilemma will nonetheless attempt to go largerthree way SLI not genuinely the fault of the board but I hope they can fix it subsequent time, the memory controller is built in the cpu so if the aftermarket cooler is placed a bit off it will not detect all three or 6 rams