Why not just return it if you're not happy with it? Do you really believe the reviews at NewEgg were written by people who are competent at building computers? One guy actually cut himself while inserting his ram and gave a 1 star rating. One person on OCN actually didn't use spacers on his motherboard. So I take the NewEgg reviews with a grain of salt. A majority of people jumped on the Sandy Bridge bandwagon expecting zero problems with UEFI. But I think most of these people never built a computer when parts are brand new and just came out. Almost every single board I had bought in the past needed a bios update. It didn't matter what brand I had bought, they needed an updated bios. Whether it was to fix menu bugs, overclock issues, add new features, support new CPU's, or whatever they needed a bios update. So don't ever expect to buy a perfect board on release especially when UEFI is brand new tech.
I'm sure there are some people that DID
actually get a malfunctioning board but that is very few; it happens even to the best companies you can't make anything 100% failure proof. Most of these other people were just complaining about ram compatibility and things like heatsinks breaking off which is not Asus' fault. Sandy Bridge is suppose to use 1.5V ram. I used 1.65V ram, my PC didn't blow up and I even turned it up to 1.7V just to overclock the ram a bit just to see if my PC would stop functioning at 1.7V. But it did not stop functioning. But most of these complaint issues was about ram and bios. I bet some did not even bother to update their bios. The very first thing I did when I got my board was update the bios.
I don't know maybe I was lucky or not... but I doubt it had to do anything with luck. I experienced no problems with UEFI. I did almost everything ass backwards from what these PRO reviewers would've done and still managed to get my PC running.
I didn't buy 1.5V P67 certified ram that was practically sold out on NewEgg, I bought ram that runs at 1.65V and ran it at 1.7V, I ran 4x2GB and filled all 4 dim slots and overclocked to 4.8Ghz. Theoretically, I should have failed and my system should have failed and my overclock too. 1.5V is the recommended ram voltage for P67 and dual channel memory is recommended for overclocking.
But I think it's more of a PEBKAC problem. Some people installed their memory in the wrong slots and not the recommended slots. Some people didn't even know that there was a MemoryOk button. Some didn't even fully insert and secure their ram in place. Some had to ask what the EPU and TPU switches were for; they didn't bother to RTFM. One guy didn't put thermal paste on his CPU waterblock and got 100C temps. One person had to re-seat their CPU and heatsink. Everything I'm seeing is pointing to PEBKAC.
But if you're that worried, return it and who knows you might have returned a good board for a bad board. Edited by anoob - 1/31/11 at 12:17am