Originally Posted by FearMeansControl
As a former Micro Center Employee (I left in the beginning of February) I can tell you that there is no policy that i'd ever been informed of regarding motherboard excahnges. The only item that had to be exchanged due to defect are the processors... Back when the Asus P5K's came out, i'd say 85% of them came back, there were a ton of exchanges, and our clearance table was always chock full of motherboards... Which Micro Center are you going to? I've never heard of this policy... It sounds like you returned it within 30 days?
P.S: Congrats with the new Abit!
Thanks! I went to the MN Microcenter. I know about the processor exchange policy since most every retailer out there has more stringent terms when it comes to those but MC is the only place I've heard of to have that carry over to motherboards as well. I was talking to a manager this particular day but I've been told the same thing by one of the sales floor employees as well. Go figure.
As far as the new Abit board goes:
I occasionally do some freelance photography and this system is by far the most powerful one I own so it's that natural choice for my Creative Suite software. When I'm on a deadline, such as right now, a dead mobo can REALLY increase stress/blood pressure levels.
When I had my Q6600 on the 780i, I was using a Thermochill PA120.3 with all the bells and whistles to cool the processor. Even with high voltages, forum post after forum post, and tweaking this and tweaking that I could NOT get that 780 to take me to even 3.2. There were times it seemed like it would work but Prime would fail or some application would lock up.
In a fit of frustration (read: months of built up frustration needing the proper outlet) I decided since the motherboard was changing, I was ditching SLi and H20 while I was at it.
The Abit board takes my quad to an overnight Prime stable 3.2 with A LOT less voltage and the Tuniq on medium is more than enough to get rid of heat. Highest load temp I saw during the small FFT was 51*C.