So where can I get one of these mobos? Newegg still doesn't list them. I'm building a mining rig today (for scrypt-based e-currencies, not Bitcoin specifically.)
To any cryptocurrency naysayers, do your homework. Understand that a mathematically nonrepudiateable peer-to-peer ledger of transactions has value in itself. A viable currency in a state of engineered permanent deflation has value in itself. A currency which is not subject to the manipulation of any sovereign nation is superior to conventional fiat money in that respect.
But for those who can only think in dollars, be informed that I've personally earned the equivalent of 800 USD over the past month mining mostly Litecoin on three GPU's and some Bitcoin on a small handful of USB ASICs. Transferring between regular US-based bank accounts and online e-currency exchanges is slightly awkward at present, this is true - thanks to some selective and opportunistic USG law enforcement actions. But this impairment is surely temporary, and the mobility of e-currency in & out of the legacy banking system will continue to improve. For now, international bank wires are sufficient for that purpose. European bank account holders have many more options for transferring with e-currency exchanges than do US bank account holders at the present time.
For several years now, the United Nations has been calling for a deflationary and independent e-currency. Now it is really happening! It is a very positive thing.
As for the wasteful use of resources criticism, again do your homework. The present computationally expensive "proof of work" validation scheme will eventually be supplanted by some other scheme such as "proof of ownership." And by the way, the ability to trade with other human beings has value in itself. Surely, it is a worthy expenditure of at least some resources. The question becomes, "How much is that actually worth?" There is really no option other than to let the markets decide. But if the underlying problem is that electricity prices have been artificially depressed due to government subsidies, then solve that problem for what its true nature is. Or be lazy and don't solve it, but send your complaint where it belongs.