AND the problem is there are no new useable boards yet and the underlying problem is NEW drivers. If we could somehow get the supplement driver disc from Hardy or even the updated Gutsy which I have read about to use with the install then we may be able to use the new P45 boards from intel and the 8200/8300 boards from AMD/Nivida.
I have tried the intel P45 on an Asus P5Q Deluxe and it was a sata driver issue from the get go - no installation, Then most likely the nic would not work at that point either as they use the newest Realtek chipset and which Realtek does not even have listed in the driver section at their web-site yet even for Win32.
I do have an M3N78-VM running as a MD and with certain changes like forcing the sata controller to IDE Generic at the boot up it may function BUT then I had to add and Nic, Sound and Video Card to it to make it work as this MD and it is solid that way, but really it negates the purpose of buying a VM style motherboard in the first place.
I have also had a P5K3 board up and running and have not retried it since before my netork issues, in amongst all those problem I built the M2N-SLI deluxe system and have not looked back since as it has been rock solid, touch wood. "rapping on my forehead right now" LOL.
I would like to re-try the P5K3 as when it was up it was solid for the short lived experience. but again it is now a chipset old as it is a p35.
I have not tried the P5Q but it is a p45 and I think ASUS has removed some Sata controller settings from the bios which makes us use some command line switches at install (f6) to force the system to recognize the drives we are using.
This is going to be an issue all along unless we can adopt an upgrade path to get the new drivers in at install or at least from recovery mode but in all it will require an install from CD method for sure to allow for a complete check of what is working and what's not from Live CD. Most of the new boards I check have a hard time booting the Hardy Live CD version iso. I know if I cannot boot that then I am not even going to try the 710Rc2 disc.