I recently had a motherboard fail on me. If I add my experience with motherboards of desktops, laptops and servers, I've probably been responsible for about 50-60 years of motherboard use (most in a desktop environment). The failure I experienced was in a server that ran 24/7 for the past 24 months (new machine in 2008). Now I've been in the biz for about 20 years, so some of the 'long life' motherboards were using 1990s technology.
Can anyone comment on whether a 50 year mean time between failures (MTBF) is fairly typical for all motherboards that are not DOA? Especially, given 2010 manufacturing/quality techniques. Assume that the motherboards operate in typical humidity ranges in office environments that typically don't exceed 85 degrees F, and are not subjected to high shock or dust conditions, and have proper AC current conditioning and over-voltage protection. What should be expected for consumer grade motherboards for MTBF?
Incidentally, I have a server that is 2001 vintage -- I should be good for another 20+ years, right? Plus, then I can sell at auction for $10,000 in 2030 ;)