There were reports of Asus boards getting bricked during BIOS updates as well. It seems Jeff had a good experience with the Aorus boards from Gigabyte while running tests for the review, but they also had to release an update in order to help speed things up. If you can wait I'd wait all the same.
Everything on the internets has been that Gigabyte/Aorus's boards have had a better time than most. The Gaming-5 that Jeff used for the review was my first choice, but I couldn't find it in stock. I should have just waited.
The delayed POST thing is weird, but everyone with an MSI board is experiencing it. It happens at the graphics card intialization point. The LED for "graphics card issue" comes on for about 3 seconds, goes out, and then the fan on my card spins up on high like it's just coming to life. It's like the BIOS doesn't try to initialize the graphics card until it's needed, which introduces a "graphics card initialization time's worth" of delay. There's a big thread on the MSI forums complaining about it. https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=282868.0
Saw this very interesting editorial on LegitReviews. One anonymous board partner lighting AMD up like a Christmas tree. http://www.legitreviews.com/one-motherb ... ing_192470
In late December, AMD decided to pull in the launch date (it was scheduled to launch in late Q2) and launched it right after Chinese New Year but AMD keep the CPU supply quantity secret from us the whole time. They only shared the data 2 weeks before the launch, we didn’t understand why they were doing it. Also, their BIOS team and engineers were doing terrible jobs on supporting us on the BIOS microcode updates, driver updates, CPU samples for testing. They have done nothing they should have been doing to support the launch platform partners and always delay or give no response on support requests. We were all having huge issues to debug with limited AMD resource support including validating the parts, and fixing the memory clock speed that is all limited by AMD.