NOT an ATI fanboy - or really, even an ATI fan (their drivers freakin' suck!).
So, nope, no crossfire. I'm not a fan of either SLI or Crossfire. I'd rather have on fast card than two cards. SLI is, however, vastly superiour to Crossfire, for sure.
Why did I get it?
1) It has e-SATA. Yeah, easy to add. Nice to have onboard, though.
2) Board layout. Very, very nice layout. Better than most.
3) Power draw - draws ALOT less power than nF4, and runs cooler.
4) OC ability. Hell, the chipset was DESIGNED to run a 50% overclock
5) Got a really good deal on it ($129, not $160). So, only about $25 more than the Asus SLI board (which was the only other mobo I was looking at).
The fact I'm selling my mobo+cpu for around $200 means this is a fairly cheap upgrade.
Besides, I have an X1800XT, so I figured an ATI chipset would go better with it than an nVidia one
(although I've had zero issues with my current nF4 rig).
review was a big factor...
Yeah, I wanted C2D - badly. It's a hell of alot better CPU. But, this way I can keep my memory, and save quite a bit of money there. I'll jump on Intel's Core 2 Quadro or whatever they end up calling their quad-core towards the middle/end of next year.
BenQ 1655, BenQ 1620, LG 4167, Plex PX-716SA, Samsung SH-S162L, SH-S182M, Pioneer 111D, Lite-On SHM-165H6S and 1.9TB of HDDs to feed 'em and an X2/4800 to crunch for 'em.