I recieved this email from a distributer of Abit boards when I inquired as to when they would get the ABIT AT8 in stock...since I was considering it at the time...
We experienced high failure rate on Abit AT8 motherboards with our previous batch. We decided not to carry this product at this moment. We will re-evaluate the motherboard when the current batch from our distributors' warehouse run out.
Thank you very much.
So after that, I decided on the Asus A8R-MVP instead...
plus, AnandTech gave it a stunning review.