Since motherboard performance is a bit finer science than with processors or video cards, there were few surprises in our benchmark performance section. Certainly the ASUS A8V Deluxe is a top performer, but we're not talking about a huge difference between a comparable, high-end K8T800 Pro platform. Where we did see some noticeable discrepancies was in the Socket 939 versus Socket 754 testing. Although the Athlon 64 3400+ is a bit slower at 2.2 GHz, it does have double the L2 cache, and for the most part, the benchmark results show the difference between single and dual-channel DDR memory architectures.
Socket 939 motherboards are still not out in full force, and may not be until Athlon 64 prices drop a bit. Currently there are only a few models available in the mass market, and the ASUS A8V Deluxe is definitely leading the charge. It checks in at approximately $145-$150 for the fully-loaded Wireless Edition, and the only real competition in Socket 939 motherboards comes from the ABIT AV8, which is in the $130-$135 range. ASUS does have greater market penetration, and you won't have too much trouble locating the A8V Deluxe.
* Please note that these prices were taken at the time of review and are not meant to reflect long-term trends.
ASUS has another definite winner with the A8V Deluxe motherboard, and it covers virtually all the bases with high-end performance, superb layout and design, and an excellent feature set. Market coverage certainly isn't an issue, and the A8V Deluxe is one of the few K8T800 Pro motherboards that have reached mass market distribution. Overall this is a top choice for enthusiast buyers looking for a Socket 939 platform, as well as for home or SOHO users wanting to get on the WiFi-G train.