It's actually lot better on Alpha II
Yes I heard the Alpha is better now but I'm not willing to hand out the full RRP for another motherboard again when the Alpha wasn't available at the time I purchased the 3990X. If ASUS were to do an exchange of some kind, where I pay less than full RRP to essentially upgrade to the Alpha, depending on how much less it would be then I might be fine with that. As they don't have such an offer, sadly, I'm sticking with the standard variant of the motherboard.
I looked at another forum regarding discussion of the 1101 BIOS and it looks like ASUS have not only made it difficult to downgrade back to an older version of the BIOS if one wishes to do so, but apparently BIOS version 1101 for the standard variant of the motherboard is possibly also worse than previous versions of the BIOS (at least perhaps if you're using a 3990X CPU). I'll currently be avoiding upgrading the BIOS unless there's other news that's generally positive. I'll stick with the original BIOS that the motherboard came with until then, as it seems the least crippled and best performing one in my experience to date.