Conclusion: With a single Opteron 2.0GHz already very competitive in most areas with this Dual-Xeon setup, we would expect Dual Opteron to dramatically out-perform this Dual-Xeon setup as we move ahead. In the things it does very well — Media Encoding and Multimedia Content Creation — the Asus PC-DL is easy to recommend. Also, as a fast workstation or a cost-effective SOHO server, the PC-DL would be a very good choice.
Conclusion: The ASUS PC-DL Deluxe is really a one-of-a-kind product for the enthusiast who wants an affordable dual Xeon solution. Based on the desktop chipset which is Intel's popular 875P 'Canterwood' for the Pentium 4, the PC-DL Deluxe comes with an attractive price tag that's more than a typical desktop motherboard but a lot less than a full-fledge server product. ASUS' ingenious design that transformed a desktop part for use in a server/workstation product is commendable here.