It's those affordable mid-range models that really ruin things for not only the X48 Express, but also the X48T-DQ6. Gigabyte's suggested retail price for the board is $300, and Tech Report would expect most X48 boards to ring up in the same range. That's double the cost of P35 offerings that boast comparable performance, and based on our own experiences, have no problems overclocking to 1600MHz front-side bus speeds and beyond.
For enthusiasts in search of the sweet spot, the X48 Express misses the mark. However, it's a fine chipset and a fitting flagship for upcoming processors that require a 1600MHz front-side bus.