As always, the Mad comes from the Shrimps.Don't get me wrong, these boards are build to last. As usual, each board has got its strengths and weaknesses. The most important question is : do you really need one of these more expensive boards for your setup ? In case you are totally into the roller-coaster ride of benching and are looking for a challenge : go for it ! If you want to use these in a new gaming/offce and 24/7 setup , there might be cheaper versions that perform on par (or very close). In the end , it's all a matter of taste, desired specifications, bundled gear and what you're looking for when shopping for a new motherboard. We applaud all three manufacturers for pursuing the performance pinnacle for the X58 platform, keeping hardware enthusiasts and benchers occupied and happy.