Well, first I would like to say, that I always had full trust in Intels products, all my PCs ever was based on Intel platform, and till now I was a 100% satisfied customer.
But unfortunately I must say, this trust has been damage due my last acquirement, I bought an Intel DG965RY board with GMA X3000 and native SATA support (my first option was a DG965WH with RAID, but was out of stock).
My first disappointment is with the GMA X3000, I know that it is only an onboard solution and I consider it for temporally use only, till a thirty part manufacturer releases a graphic board that really boosts my system beyond its original potential and extend its compatibility with future softwares and games
Lets get to the point, 1 year after the release of the GMA X3000 the last driver 14.31 considered release version are still incomplete and very unstable, if you start some games it crashes your computer or shows you the BSOD, I not talking about games that run slowly, that is already expected, we should not forget its a onboard solution only.
By the way, I still using 14.29.2 version of the GMA driver.
Yea, I know, people will say, Intel promised performance, DX10, well, I not using Windows Vista right now, so I have nothing to say about that for now.
Now my second disappointment is about NO native SATA support (AHCI) on Windows XP, why not? Someone on the web already modified those drives to work with ICH8 only boards, and it works fine.
I compared the original and the modified .inf of the driver, its only a little hardware ID added that is mentioned into the official specifications update of the board, so I ask again, why not?
I dont feel right having to use a modified driver, I want the official one.
At final the third and last disappointment, its not about the hardware, but about the disorganized download section of Intels website, many times I got drivers that are for my specific hardware in other sections, for example: the GMA driver, in DG965RY board section you could get the 14.29.0 version and in the same time you could get in the section of the DG33FB board the 14.29.2
version, and if you check the readme of the 14.29.2 version you can see its for the G965 line too, but was not available there
I almost forgot to mention that the newest Intel motherboard line is in the section of Archived Products.
I written this in hope Intel undo all its mistakes and make me feel again that I have made the right choice.