No, there was a recall for BIOS in a specific region, probably related to some character causing issues. They either offered BIOS to flash, or users could send in boards to be flashed. Not a physical issue. Gigabyte's press release: http://www.gigabyte.tw/press-center/news-page.aspx?nid=1077 How many recent Gigabyte and ASUS boards have you used to come up with this conclusion? ASUS isn't doing so good with Windows8 support, actually, while I do not see these problems with my Gigabyte boards. ASUS BIOSes offer more options for memory tweaking, Gigabyte offers more for power delivery options. They both have their good and bad sides.