Well I learned the hard way that the X299 Strix out of the box basically bricks itself if you have a bad overclock. There is no way to clear the CMOS or reset the board with the default BIOS. I found this out via various forums after I had a bad overclock of course! The board lasted me a solid 3 hours and it will not be forgotten. The RGB was pretty but I could feel the rainbow of colors mock me as a hopelessly tried to revive the board. My trusty Z77 Sabertooth was a champ for 5 years and is still in tip top shape so I guess I took a good motherboard for granted. Thankfully newegg is giving me a refund and I have a second board on the way from Amazon being delivered today (I live close to a distribution center). Moral of the story - might want to flash to the latest BIOS before you mess around too much with an X299 as I suspect they shipped with shit BIOS' since they were in a hurry to get them out the door. The experience definitely killed the excitement of getting new parts.