There have been many problems with Abit. They just got bought by another company who is trying to make them better. But they are famous for mobo problems.
I like Epox much better than the Asus, but the Asus is a good board. I also like DFI but it generally requires a higher understanding of adjusting the bios.
EDIT: i had a chance to read some of the reviews on the ABIT and you were right. The reviewers like it. It dosent have as many features as the Asus or others but it seems to work well.