It's not as bad as this thread makes it look. First of all the Board is new. You can't even buy a 1st generation production model that is perfect in any showroom. It's never going to happen no matter the product.
So here is the thing that is the biggest issue.
NB overheating. This is fixable even if you don't have the problem. You separate the heatsinks (not a voidable offense of the warranty), inspect the TIM for coverage. Good coverage means you cut the impression out of the old TIM and applya GOOD fresh TIM in the exposed mold. Don't use too much. anything more than a quarter grain of rice is too much. You want something smaller than a wasabi pea. Mate it back up and your temps should be fine with no issues.
Now if there is NO coverage on the NB(or SB) then you just need to take a bit of the standoffs down using a decent grit of sand paper using one of the SB standoffs to compare it to. Then you keep the old TIM onboard to find that sweet spot. Once you've gotten there do as above and use fresh TIM to seat the sinks.
Viola problem is basically solved. There have been other issues too, but this is pretty much all BIOS related at this point.
I RMA'd my Board because I had my 3rd RAM slot drop out. This could easily be a BIOS issue in that I was running the 1st 2 slots in succession with on other RAM onboard. Logically you're not supposed to be able to do this. I may have prematurely RMA'd the board. It cost me $11 to ship it back to Whittier, CA. and then 2 weeks wait time. They may just return it to me saying nothing was wrong with it. But I didn't want to take that chance since 30 days is a slim margin for error to get a NEW Board. I paid for a new board I want a new board. I accept that I may just get mine back. Which is fine with me since I know that the NB issue is not on that Board.
Don't sweat the small stuff after the NB issue. It's pretty simple to DL the BIOS update that you may require. And just as simple to DL the old one off the disc if the latest doesn't address any issue you may have.
Originally Posted by supra_rz
oh my god i think i would better have bought a ud5 board instead of this one , my crosshair iv is coming next week and reading continuously this topic i regret buying it