I had to make sure that I hadn't purchased one of these defective chipset MoBo's... Happily, the p55 boards are unaffected - I got lucky I guess, as the tech on that chipset was about as untested as the 6 series.
As to the bafflement you describe, Q, I share it. It seems that Intel and other manufacturers are doing anything they can to insure future profitability by increasingly speedy planned obsolescence. Aggravating.
Want to play a game of ME3MP?
Qui-Gon_Glenn on the software of which we shall not name.... add me and the enemy shall fall in chunks of crimson salsa