OK, so I've decided that this is my next motherboard:
I had this board briefly, and was turned off initially by it's lack of core unlocking abilities (which I shouldn't really care about, since I'm putting an FX-8350 into it, not my old PII X2 550BE anyhow), and by the fact that my bios-flashed (1000MHz core/1375MHz memory) 7950 wouldn't boot with it (it worked fine with the factory 900MHz core/1250MHz memory bios). However, on further reflection after much research, I care more about the slot layout, VRM stability, northbridge cooling and overclocking stability than whether I have to use software or bios overclocking with my graphics card. It was just hard to go back to software after having the bios flashed overclock on my 7950, but screw it, I'll just do it in software.
This board has the Asus Digi+ digital VRMs and power regulation, which I really like. The power phases are 6+2+2, which seems more than adequate. Except for the 8+2+2 power phases and the ability to run more than 2 graphics cards, it's like an Asus Sabretooth 2.0 for $35 less. I can buy it locally for $155 and avoid shipping charges and any hassles if it's DOA, as the store will simply hand me another new one the same day if I need it. Since I don't like the Sabretooth's PCI-E slot layout anyhow, and I never plan to use more than 2 graphics cards in this build, I'm feeling pretty good about this board.
I'm thinking of picking it up today after work. Now, the memory! I'm thinking of getting 2x4GB of DDR3-1600 CL9 ram (whatever Corsair/Patriot/Kingston version is cheapest). Is there a benefit to getting DDR3-1866 or even DDR3-2166 ram? I'm going to initially use my Antec Kuhler 620, and move eventually to a better water cooler, so I'm not worried about ram clearance issues.
Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks in advance!