Not Good News!!!!! I just received an email from the store I bought the original motherboard from and they confirmed my replacement board was secondhand.... and damaged. The original was sent to MSI for repair or replacement..... MSI today confirmed they mistakenly replaced my original board with another sent in for warranty repair or replacement.
Thing is, that is not the worst of it, however. It is a good thing in one respect, as MSI has shown its preparedness to help me by attempting to furnish me with a replacement, albeit a damaged one. The worst part of it is that the store I purchased the original from has no more TR4 socket motherboards in stock and does not intend to get any more in, meaning that all they can do is return it to MSI for a credit of the original price.
That means I will have to wait for that process to complete.... then find another TR4 socket motherboard, which will not be an easy feat. Apart from an ASUS TR4 ATX Prime X399-A DDR4 board, which I'd prefer to avoid after 3 ASUS boards failed on me, TR4 socket motherboards are as rare as rocking horse shit, so it may take some time before I get Big Beastie running again. I'd prefer not to go with the ASUS board, but I may be forced to if I'm going to get Beastie going again.... and not have a 1200.00 dollar CPU sitting idle with no home to go to.
Damn! I must have pissed somebody off severely to have had such bad luck in recent times with motherboards, being this is the fourth unit in a row to go guts up on me Fech, I don't even know who I need to apologise to to turn my run of bad luck around.
Meanwhile, I rebuilt Shaunna's machine today, putting it in a new Antec case and swapping some parts around to boost her performance. I also built me a Ryzen 9 3900X 12 Core AM4 3.8 CPU on a MSI AMD X570-A Pro ATX board. Now I have 3 machines to load Windows on.
No rest for the wicked, eh... but it'll keep me off the streets. After various upgrades over the years I have around 4 - 5 leftover CPUs, still on their motherboards that I'll rebuild into leftover cases, etc, and give them away to various needy people I know.