In the UK the first year of warranty cover is usually provided by the retailer
This is true, but the majority or eTailers limit you to returning products to them withing the first 1-3 months when you buy anything from them, aggreed by you when you buy. Now this of course is a very grey area, and strictly illegal, but most of the time its not worth argueing with an eTailer that you have basically agreed to a short warranty term with already and head straight to the manufacturer. Which works well with, Kingston, MSI, Gigabyte, AMD, Asus, Gainward, Samsung and Logitech. But Intel are a true bunch of arseholes.
Well why buy Intel mobo to start with ? When there are so many better options out there..?
I bought an Intel CPU. I am letting everyone know the problems, on the off chance that they have an Intel CPU fail, and to warn people off of buying an Intel motherboard - which are widely regarded as being ultra reliable. Who cares if they are more reliable, if it fails you will have loads of grief, and probably get pissed off at them asking you stupid questions for a week and just buy a replacement anyway, and this time from someone else.
Is this normal for Intel products and where did you purchase the board from?
I bought a CPU - hence the description "the CPU (E7200) seems to have given up as well."
My point was, that if their support is this terrible for CPU's that rarely ever fail, why would anyone buy their motherboards, which according to my rough statistics are 100-150 times more likely to fail than CPU's.
As it currently stands, if you want the fastest CPU, you need to buy Intel, but hope and pray that the CPU does not fail, and if it does try to send it back to your eTailer or Retailer if possible. And just dont buy their motherboards, as I mentioned they are over 100 times more likely to fail than a CPU, and Intel's product support sucks arse.