I believe it's like this with almost any new process, until they get it down a little better and start getting better silicon more often and hence more samples that are better quality that get binned downward only for marketing purposes. I specifically remember that with Core i7 920 d0 stepping, Wolfdale 45nm dual-core Pentium e5200 and similar chips, that could overclock very very well. These were binned down not so much due to the chip itself, but due to market conditions. This is much more-so the case with a new process + new architecture. That is the very reason for intel's tick-tock type schedule or process-architecture-refinement or whatever it was. Pushing a new process and architecture simultaneously can be very trying, good thing TSMC is pretty accomplished in the chip manufacturing business - for AMD's sake anyways (and ours!). For what it's worth (my 2¢) my 3700x seems fine and I got it 2~3 weeks after launch from a domestic brick-and-mortar retailer. Glad you got a better one though, no crime in that! Sometimes you can go back, but that usually involves getting a custom BIOS from the manufacturer, and also necessitates having a supporter CPU while you flash the older BIOS over the newer version IF the board does NOT have 'flashback' feature. MOST (but not all!!!) manufacturers will work with you and give you a private BIOS if needed in these cases. However, that aside, your comment still has much weight for the majority of us. Yes we all should. Without customers a business is just a brick-box of no use to anyone.