I've just purchased a new board after finally reaching the end of my tether with Asus' declining product quality and Tech Support lunacy (more about that later)
Here is my new baby, it should arrive next week
Foxconn Blackops specs (click me)
I can't wait for it to arrive
They are $A450 new, I managed to pick this three month old one up for $A350, bargain
I'm going to run my E8600 and 4*1GB Kingston DDR3 1375MHz in it, apparently the wealth of overclocking options in the bios can be a tad overwhelming so I have a steep learning curve ahead.
The NB comes with four options for cooling, passive, active air (fan), water (pictured) and a special LN2/DICE pot. I'll be using active air as I've never tried water or LN2/DICE.
My particular board has been proven to run stable at 580-590MHz FSB with the right chip so hopefully my E8600 will "step up to the plate".
In case you haven't realised it yet, I'm really stoked to have one of these boards, stay tuned for further updates
As promised here is more on the Asus Tech Support Lunacy.
For a few weeks now I've been trying to get answers out of Asus as to why my P5E3 will not run my 4*1GB Kingston DDR3 1375MHz (7-7-7-20) memory at 1333MHz 7-7-7-20. It will run either of the 2GB kits at those settings just fine but as soon as you try to fill all four DIMM slots it gets all tempermental and at ~$A250 per kit I was a little pissed off at not being able to use them to their capacity.
Yesterday I received an email from Asus Tech Support asking me if I would send my memory modules to Taiwan (at my expense) so they could test a P5E3 board with them.
I'm like WTF??
So I gave up on the P5E3 and scored the Foxconn, lol.