Before I begin, I'd like to point out that my post that seemed to start this whole crapstorm wasn't directed at anyone in particular. I was just stating my distaste for the Sabertooth, paying for features that aren't there that should be there.
And onwards... I hate to sound like I'm picking on someone else, but I do have to butt in here because... well, people seem to hate on the industry these days.
It seems most new motherboard are either for hardcore gamers or just occasional "office" users.
Well the desktop variety. Because anyone who's really interested in a HPC would go with a server-grade motherboard. Usually.
No Firewire, just 8 SATA ports (RAID is only supported on Intel chipset), 4 RAM slots (how did I miss that part? I had 6 slots on old mobo, so now I'm down to 8 GB from 12 previously)...
Firewire is pretty much a dead interface, and considering the most used flavor is FireWire-400, it doesn't perform any better than USB2.0 on transfers (400Mb/s vs 480Mb/s) anyway. There's always add-in cards...
I've found on average, people rarely have a use beyond 3 SATA ports. Even on MPC's 2012 Dream Machine, used 5. At most it would've needed was 6
Most people don't have a need beyond 8GB of RAM. You can still stuff 16GB tops on most motherboards though if you need it. Or why not the X78? 8 mother freakin' DIMM slots.
And why the heck do I need DVI/VGA onboard when I have dedicated videocard. I wonder how much I overpaid that that useless feature...
Because all Intel chips now come with an integrated GPU. Intel used to have a lineup that didn't include these (the P-series), but they dropped it. I'm guessing because it's a logistics/marketing thing, and they don't take up much room anyway on the I/O panel.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you recommended me bad hardware, just the opposite, this is probably one of the best out there for my needs. There seems to be nothing (affordable) for "advanced user" like me who likes to play occasional game (and doesn't need dual or triple Graphic card setup), and create stuff (Premier, Photoshop, Ableton)...
I'm glad I found old PCI Turtle Beach capture card (in my junk bin) that no longer works in Windows 7 but has Firewire TI chipset that doesn't need a driver so I can connect my M-Audio Profire 610 audio to it
I almost threw it out before...
I'll probably get SAS RAID card (crap they are expensive!) and be on my way to recovery
You can still build cheaper systems these days. Figure out what I/O you need exactly. I'm happy with my $130 board, because I didn't need all the bells and whistles on boards $150 or more. In fact, my case
cost more than my motherboard and processor (not combined, that would've been silly).
SAS is also a professional-grade port. Of course you're going to pay out the ass.