E6850 processor (chip loaner as i am an Intel employee)
Patriot Viper 4GB 2X2GB 240 pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Memory
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W CrossFire Ready 80 plus active PFC
Zalman CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU cooling fan/heatsink
WD Caviar SE 320GB
After completing assembly of the system I receive a "detected CPU is not compatible with this board" yellow message on the screen before POST. I have tried replacing the CPU with another E6850 through the chip loaner program and have RMA'd the MB with Intel. I recieved a brand new MB from Intel on the RMA and am still having the same issue. On a 'i don't know what else to try whim' I swapped out the video card to a X1950XTX Crossfire edition Video card and get the exact same issue. On the first MB i had, i also tried flash updating the BIOS with the same results. I got nowhere using Intel's customer support online and have reached the point where i am ready to order a new motherboard and processor in the hopes of getting something that works.