Summary: I used this board to replace my stock cg 5275 asus system board. That board was an equivilant of a p7h55m. This board was so much better in comparison. I have never overclocked anything till I received this board and this thing makes it automatic. It is really nice. Also supports sata 6 gb/s and has usb 3.0. I have only had this in for a week but absolutely no regrets. I run with a intel i5 650 clarksdale with 12 gb gskill ripjaw at 1333.
Summary: Great board overclocks really easy. Looks great and is rock solid so far. has plenty of space for a second video card and it took my 8gb gskill ram just fine. has plenty of fan connectors as well as plenty of sata hook ups.
Summary: The Intel P55 platform has been with us for a good while now, and it is a real sleeper, having the memory controller integrated with the CPU gives it a nice performance advantage over competing products, even higher priced ones. If it has any serious shortcomings, it's the number of PCI-e lanes that it supports. With a maximum of 16 lanes of PCI-e 2.0 available for graphics cards, there is no room for expansion, if additional devices require PCI-e 2.0 connectivity.
Summary: After careful study of the technical reviews on the internet and comparison with the features that other motherboards have that are in a similar price range, I concluded that this motherboard was the one had the best price/performance ratio.
Summary: When USB 3 devices hit the market, the board will be ready and only cost a bit more than the comparable non-USB 3 ready board. This was my first build and it went without any problems. RAID 1 setup in the BIOS was simple (once I read the instructions). My build: Core i7 860, 4GB Gskill DDR3, Intel 80GB SSD,(2)Seagate Barracuda 1TB for RAID 1, Coolermaster Gladiator case, Thermaltake 750w PSU.