Summary: I didn't bother calling support, after narrowing the possibilities down to the motherboard without any changes in error, I simply sent it back for a refund, which was approved with little effort.
Cons: couldn't get the device past Q-code 06, partnered with POST code beeps (one long, 2 short).
Summary: I finally gave up on dealing with ASUS. I got my first RMA back from ASUS giving me qcode-00 and no pre-post, no different than the way I sent it to them. After ASUS wasted weeks of my time back in fourth blaming all the other components in the system I bit the bullet and bought a second Z9PA-D8 from Newegg. It pre-posted just fine running down the q-codes like it should. Really ASUS? Way to take care of your customers.
Cons: the is one of the only boards with these features in an atx size
Summary: The cpu sockets are located too closely so I had to change my initial intel cpu cooler to an evercool (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835119169).
Pros: Decent board for the price. Plenty of upgrade potential with memory capacity and hard drive capacity. Also, supported WIN 2012 out of the box.
Cons: A little lengthy for a standard ATX 2U chassis so I went with a 4U (I used Logisys because that's what was available locally but probably could have found a better fit online). I ordered 2 boards. One is running like a champ for 3 weeks but the other is on its second replacement. This is the reason for 3 stars.-