Actually the P4S8X is (was) a performance board, one of the first with 8x AGP and also with firewire, USB2, SATA RAID. And SiS's current P4 offerings are top of the barrel, I've never been more satisfied with a computer I've built than my current SiS 655 based solution. And boards released at the same time as the P4S8X and based on the same chipset, for instance the Gigabyte SiS648 board - worked without problems and actually saw many people trading in their P4S8X's for a similiar board. It was once true that SiS was a budget solution, but it's not true any longer. Besides, before the Intel 865/875 chipset which only came out recently, SiS was the only real option. Intel's latest chipset was the 845....not the top performance choice, Via hadn't gotten their license to manufacture P4 chipsets yet, and the SiS 648 had everything you could want. Asus showed their true colors by releasing a BIOS that lowered RAM speed from 333 to 266, offering 12 beta BIOSes in a row and then abandoning users. I paid for another board out of pocket when my P4S8X should have done me for a year or more, I will never ever buy Asus again. Their support is simply terrible and I think it's high time they stopped being everyone's top choice. My Asus DVD-ROM E616 sucks too:Z
From now on my vote goes to Gigabyte or MSI or Abit.