Well...after two RMA's from MSI, I was 'hoping' to get an 890FXA-GD70 that actually would work and not greet me with that rude 'FF' BIOS code, but no luck.
I did notice the German/Dutch MSI forum has a lot more activity on it in regards to beta BIOS and fixes, so I download the latest version they had listed for the GD70.
It appears (from what is posted) that it fixes several issues relating to memory issues, CPU multiplier issues (like before), S3 issues and the dreaded M-Flash 'kill your board' problem.
I am going to update now and pray. If not, it's a loss on my end and shall bite the bullet and purchase one of the following:
Asus Sabertooth 990FX - In stock @ NCIXUS for $211
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 - In stock @ NCIXUS for $200
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 - In stock @ NCIXUS for $260
MSI 990FXA-GD80 - In stock @ Newegg for $195
Hmm....which one to buy. MSI screwed me out this time around and a few years back ASUS screwed us AMD FX-7x owners out by not living up to their promise to support that expensive, yet nice, dual FX-7x CPU motherboard...the L1N64-SLI WS/B .
I guess it's Gigabyte time eh