I know there are issues with the p4m800pro-M, but what about the -m478? I searched on these forums for my model to no avail. the only negative reviews i found via google for this board on newegg and tigerdirect (.ca and .com) are that the boards arrived from them Dead On Arrival.
Here's a more specific question, does the -m478 have the same problems of the -M?
I didn't have much of a choice about this board, it was get this ordered in or not have a computer anytime sooner than a month or more (save $$$ to upgrade to dual core and PCIe stuff way sooner than desired), my old motherboard (Jetway 875PMAX) shorted out when it was transfered to a new case with the rest of the components.
I thought I had a DOA untill I swapped CPU's - this board does not support older pentium 4's (1.6 GHz for example), works flawlessly with a 3 GHz pentium 4 though, and is a reasonable way of upgrading a socket 478 motherboard to ddr2 memory.
These boards are excellent. Ourselves at Kitamura are authorized resellers of Elitegroup products, including their Ei-Systems machines, and motherboards. We used the P4M800PRO-M478 in about 13 machines we built, using DDR2 RAM, and Maxtor SATA hard drives in Raid-0 Mirroring mode, so the customer never lost data, and i have to say, not one of them has been involved in a warranty claim, and as far as i'm aware, the systems are still in heavy use. We did have a few baords from the supplier that were DOA and would not POST, but it was found to have been impact damage, the courier was careless.
I still use one in our server to this day....and heartily reccommend them...if you get the chance, grab one, they make great gaming machines coupled with a Radeon 9800XT 256MB 8x AGP card. They're perfect for server use too, with the SATA RAID.