I just lost my THIRD board with Asus. I don't even know how this keeps happening at this point. I got my new Glacer 240l, saw some great temps, but I also lost a ram slot becasue the socket room is so narrow. I tried turning it but the mounting doesn't really allow for that with AMD sockets. I did a couple remounts, tried some ideas, then noticed my ethernet wasn't working. Thought maybe the mounts was too tight, loosened it up. Still no luck. Figured I'd reset the cmos, started up and nothing. No post and my q. code error shows CS. At this point I believe the problem is Asus boards are too fragile. It worked great as along as I didn't have to mess with it too much. But I've gone from four different coolers, two different graphic card setups, two cases, and it seems that the board can only take so many plugins before something gives. Why would a high end board be so susceptible to this when I would think many enthusiast would be testing components, upgrading frequently or being nit-picky like I am?
I did some shopping and I'm pretty sure the next best thing, or possibly better, to a Crosshair V Fromula-Z would be the Asrock Extreme9. Let me know if you guys think that's a good Asus alternative. I had a 4.5 ghz OC but the glacer gave me so much headroom that I know I can go much higher. On the other hand, I never plan to do extreme nitrogen ocing and wonder if the Fatal1ty Killer would be just as good for my overclocking needs and save me a few bucks. The 12+2 power phase of the extreme9 soiunds great though.