Yet, with AMD you've still had boards with hardware / cpu / chipset compatibility issues. I had an athlon board with a god-awful opti usb chipset that was just one of it's many failings. Friends who had the same board had the same issues. At least these days these things tend to get picked up and dealt with. Better to know there's an issue and have the law on your side to get it fixed than suffer in silence with a faulty bit of kit while the manufacture plays dumb It used to be like this: In the mid and late 90s, back when Sony still made CRT TVs in Wales, they manufactured a batch of faulty teletext chips. They knew they were unreliable, but the cost of the fix was too great so they kept installing them for years in all the TVs. Every single one of them had a bad chip and would randomly overlay a frame of random symbols, sometimes a few times an hour sometimes not for months.