I think one of the issues on the fusion was inconsistent placement of thermal paste by Asus. Some people had removed the entire heatpipe to apply new paste, some had destroyed their boards trying... I tried to remove it on mine but I was too scared to try hard so I left it as it was. One thing I did notice about the Asus max extreme I had was that windows would boot twice as fast as a normal mobo. I don't know if you've experienced that on yours? I actually timed it and windows xp was booting literally in half the time.