I'll agree with agex on the fact that nforce sucks...but agex you are crazy about MSI boards. I have an MSI and it works wonderfully, have never had an issue with it whatsoever. That ABIT board is a nice board I will agree with him on that. But man you are extremely wrong about MSI boards, they are awesome. And I'm sorry but just because the northbridge comes with a fan doesn't push my decision one way or another.
MSI are good board makers. I don't know why he says otherwise. I've never heard a complaint about them. ASUS boards suck balls and there are two threads in here to prove that cause these people have had troubles with their asus boards and geforceFX graphics cards but the MSI handles it like a champ. I have the same options as far as overclocking and voltages and all that good stuff.
I REPEAT: MSI is a good brand motherboard......agex and I just seem to have it out for each other on these forums it seems like =P
The dual channel on the ABIT is nice and the amount of ram slots is nice too. BUT it only has a KT400 VIA chipset!?! My MSI KT6V has the KT600 on it, but does not support dual channel. But thats cause I got the lower end series. If you get the KT880 Delta-FSR not only will you have dual channel capabilities but you'll also have an even MORE up to date via chipset KT880 and supports everything that ABIT does, except I think the ABIT has a 4gb memory capacity and the MSI has 3gb, but yeah like you're even gonna fill up 2gb.
Link above: That board will own that ABIT one. Sorry no, NB Fan though since thats a big concern and all