We realise this board is for the enthusiast who has oodles of money to spare but we still think this motherboard is just too expensive. It doesn't offer compulsive features that has made me go "Wow, maybe I should seriously look into selling a kidney". It's about the same price as the original Asus Striker Extreme, however that was at the right place at the right time with a chipset that was "revolutionary" and, at that point, an investment.
However, when we look deeper it's not exactly Nvidia and XFX's fault – they needed a DDR3 chipset to compete against Intel’s flagship X48 chipset, and they have no other time to push it: DDR2 is old hat, DDR3 is still too expensive and if they wait any longer there will be no life left in Core 2 socket LGA775 products. But then again,DDR3-based X48 boards are £160 around and nForce 790i Ultra SLI boards start at £225 – it still feels like they have hidden behind the "It's Enthusiast!!111oneoene" argument because they've blown "value" out of a cannon and it's landed so far away they can't find it again. Why should Nvidia bother to find it? It can get away with it though because it has the aces in hand with SLI.