I'm also a loyal AMD customer. as I said earlier today:
[6:12:59 PM] Tarnix: They may say what they want, AMD may not make the most powerful chips on the planet, but they're ******* brilliant.
[6:13:06 PM] Tarnix: they just need MOAR FUNDZ.
Also, Piledriver 2.0 is rumored/due to June 2013. Steamroller is due to late 2013 and Excavator is due to late 2014.
The Crosshair V Formula-Z (CH5) is a good board as long as you learn it's quirks; Horribad "Auto" settings (that just gets worse at every "Improved stability" changelog entry), occasional boot order derpery, broken hybrid shutdown, some RAM and FSB multipliers refuses to play nice, and a VRM that heats like an oven. The board is very solid, and it's an overclocking-centered board. ASUS assumed that not a lot of people paying 250$ for a ROG board will use auto settings and when the VRM gets above 60C, you should be running water anyway. FWIW, my VRM runs between 50 and 70C at 4.6GHz on the CPU, no WC aside a corsair H80. That's not exactly stellar, but it's far from "zomg exploding".
How could it blow? Day-long IBT at 4.9Ghz on air with no ventilation on the VRM part in a hot room in Texas on a steamy day. And even then... I vote for defect.Edited by Tarnix - 3/11/13 at 7:13pm