Nice board, but I don't think a Linux user could use the advanced features. These would be only crossfire with 2 x 16 pci-e 2.0 lanes instead of 2 x 8 pci-e 1.1. The benchmarks used are more or less only depending on some bios settings - slightly different ram or fsb setting and you get those differences. Only crossfire on win would be a more interesting test - but as ati drivers have got no support for that and Linux you can stay with P35 until P45 is out. FSB 400 quadpumped is no problem for current boards in oc mode, so why should new cpus require more than just a bios update? When you think that some cheap boards even with chipsets like 945 are used for current core 2 cpus then X48 is really overkill just for that purpose.