ASUS is still number one in both the retail channel and in the eyes of the enthusiast as seen in their volume sales numbers and the attention they get worldwide. From the start, this has been the company to keep your eye on as they have stayed number one since their onset in the early eighties always managing to garner the attention of the masses. I personally use the P4C-800 Deluxe with my 3.2GHz EE so I can't really say anything too bad about them. The NVIDIA solution as well as the VIA boards have so far had unappealing on-board audio solutions until now. NVIDIA's new NF3 chipset boards will offer better options than previous versions, but still not the quality level of ASUS boards using ADI's SoundMax solution. VIA's Eden audio solution seems to be nothing more than a pipe dream and has yet to make an appearance on any board I have seen to date.
AMD is radically metamorphosing their platform and chips and Intel plans on turning the world on its collective head in the next few months so the prices of the Socket 754 CPU's will begin to drop into a more affordable realm as will Intel's current Socket 478 chips. This review is a bit late in the life span of this platform but all he bugs have been worked out allowing for easy driver downloads and for the boards BIOS to mature to its present state. I only have the ABIT KV8-MAX board left to review in what I feel is this series and generation of boards, the next boards for the AMD 754 will be NF3 chipset and then it's on to the Socket 939 platform, which my sources at AMD say is just a short while out. I eagerly wait to have new blood infused into any platform and will embrace the changes with enthusiasts glee. The VIA K8T800 has proven itself to be a solid and performance savvy player in the 754 platform wars. Let's take a further look at ASUS's K8V Deluxe and see if it's all that jazz or just another pop song.