Summary: This was not like some of the flimsier boards I've seen. The quality is good. It has a backup BIOS image which is useful. Built in LAN ports and audio are nice. The built in audio is alright. You can upgrade to a better soundcard after you test it for yourself. One thing I could not test was the SATA AHCI because I did not have the drivers slipstreamed for XP when installing it. 1.5 yrs now and it's still working well.
Summary: This motherboard is a beast. Everything is working perfectly now. I say "now" because originally I had 2 2gb sticks of RAM that I put into the duel slots (same color). It gave me problems when trying to load my OS but when I installeda different (3rd)stick of RAM and booted and installed my OS, everything worked fine. I then installed the original 2 sticks with the single and all is well. So now I have 6 gigs of RAM with no trouble.