Bit Tech had an interview with ASUS and learned ASUS has strong confidence that their X58 motherboard will be the first motherboard on the market for Intel's Nehalem processors. The motherboard maker also notes that Nehalem is more mature than they expected - they didn't encounter any problems during the development of their motherboards.
bit-tech: How are the X58 an X58+NF200 motherboards progressing?
RL: Both are going quite well inside ASUS. And we have strong confidence that our X58 motherboard will be the 1st motherboard on time for Intel's launch. Regarding the X58+NF200 board will be a little bit late than X58 board, but we're quite sure ASUS will still be the first in the market.
bit-tech: What challenges (if any) has the new Intel Nehalem architecture presented for motherboard design and development?
RL: Basically none. The Nehalem architecture seems more mature than we expected.
bit-tech: When can we expect the X58 and X58+NF200 boards to reach consumers. We've heard rumours of the Nehalem launch being significantly moved up.
RL: Since X58 is still under NDA protection. We are not allowed to reveal its launch schedule. But we're sure it will hit the stores sometime in Q4. Asus Motherboard Interview Asus Interview - Richard Liu