Here's a motherboard that takes your perfectly normal Socket F chip. Oh look, a new generation of socket F chip has come out! Let's rename the board with three extra letters and re-release it to support this chip.
Completely forget that every single other manufacturer in the entire industry provides this support WITH A BIOS UPDATE...this is ASUS. If you want that functionality it’ll be a new board, suh. Oh, and just for shits and giggles, we’re going to completely discontinue the board you were using to build out your server fleet right in the middle of your roll out and only sell the new board. So that board you were basing your servers off of, that you were really, really hoping would be on some sort of “Corporate Stable Model” program and last three years? Eight months. Now your options are abandon your server line, or have your set of servers with two nearly identical boards (with identical markings) but which are BIOS incompatible and don’t support the same processors. That’s absolutely *fantastic* for long term support of that equipment.
So yes. **** ASUS. **** then with a lacquered bus. They have started to do to components (like server boards) which should be in “corporate stable model” programs what they’ve done to notebooks: refresh them ever 8 months so it’s absolutely impossible to use their kit for business.
The part that really makes me angry is that I had spent ten years building a relationship with my local distributor. That distie is locked in, and can’t bring in Tyan or Supermicro boards for their servers for a few years yet. This means that because ASUS have degenerated from an excellent company that made quality boards *and supported the piss out of them* into shite that would make Acer circa 2001 blush I have to go find a new distie. Not an easy thing in Canada: our disties are pretty universally shite in one way or another.
That isn’t even getting into the spectacular rates of component failure I’ve been seeing from ASUS lately. (Actually, Kingston too. Seriously, Kingston, dudes...what? Pull it together.)
So yeah, I need to stop this ranting now. Otherwise this will turn into like 8000 pages of bitter nerd rage.