A fond goodbye to one of the most reliable motherboards I have ever owned. For about six years it successively hosted an Athlon FX-55 followed by an Opteron 180 as my primary machine, then spent three more as a home theater PC. Though hosting a 64-bit OS for nearly half that time, it was crippled in the modern age mainly by the dreaded 3.5GB chipset memory limitation, and the Opteron 180 was missing some critical hardware flag that prevented an upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1.
So, it has been replaced by a Dell that was scrapped out at work, a Q9400 with 8GB of RAM. Twice as many cores and twice as much memory means faster video encoding, and on-board DisplayPort means the hot-running Sapphire 4850 is no longer required.
On the upshot, it looks like Opteron 180 CPUs are routinely fetching $40+ on eBay, so I may actually get a consolation prize. Go figure.
Abacus Model 2.5 | Quad-Row FX with 256 Cherry Red Slider Beads | Applewood Frame | Water Cooling by Brita Filtration