lol........sucked in joel, i must agree with you. Asus are going down hill. And many tech's from my town belive that too. Also MSI is reviewed as one of the fastest mobo for that price range. Also in $$Aus it is $220 but thats very good arounf here
Most of the reviews put it around the middle of the KT333 boards in performance which was a bit of a let down compared to the previous 266A chipset model. Bought the A7V333R because of all the features better performance and it's only a few dollars more over the equivalent MSI raid model.
If you wan't a good cheap KT333 board with excellent benchmark reviews then also take a serious look at the Shuttle AK35GT2.
If your interested in onboard raid then consider the raid version of the Shuttle board also as it has the preferred Highpoint controller instead of the promise that the Asus and MSI board has.
Excuse me but please bother to have some respect for others opinions without giving the superiority attitude. As it so happens I did bother to look around, i actually spent many weeks reading all i could find on ALL the KT333 boards and obviously we are reading conflicting reviews or IMO you're referring to reviews that do not have enough representation of most of the KT333 boards to form an adequate basis on.
Any board can be made to look good when the review leaves out better boards.
I do disagree with what you've said but then I can allow you your opinion without being insulting about it.
AS for CNR apart from OEM system builders 99.9% of the public would neither know what it's for, have any access to hardware to use in it or even if they did would still use PCI in preference to it because of more options available. IMO of course
Rather than get into a you post yours and I will post mine psssing contest let's agree to disagree.
I respect your opinion and you made a good choice based on what you found as I did and I doubt in the real world the performance difference between any of the current KT333 boards is that noticeable in the real world. I found myself that the selection process was that frustrating over time based on conflicting reviews that I decided the matter on the features list and for me the Asus had everything I wanted.... though I would of preferred the Highpoint controller but no boards perfect.
At the end of the day it matters not what any of us think or write as the original poster will make up his/her own mind on what they read (from so called professional reviewers) and what they need and can afford as it should be.
Anyway enough, as long as we're all happy with our decisions it matters not.