I have seen some of the reviews you mention but the good thing is that this board is made for the FUTURE not for now. It is quad core ready now. when quad core processors become normal you will be ready and not have to switch motherboards/RAM. It is a board that allows you to grow into it and will last far longer than most of the other boards in this class. Also, it allows for full PCI Express 16 on BOTH of your dual 8800s or whatever card you use in SLI mode, whereas with many other boards you only get PCI Express x8 when you run 2 cards at one time. That is something to think about as well.