Originally Posted by aeassa
Yeah, that's funny, because most of the people I see on X58 w/ quad cores jumped immediately to 1155 or 2011. I'm one of the very few who just picked up a 980X as an upgrade...and it was only because SNB-E was out and I literally got a deal I couldn't refuse on the 980x. I was very much prepared to buy a 2600K + Z68 board to replace my dead 1156 setup. I feel the same would happen here -- everyone with a 3820 would jump ship to Haswell on LGA 1150 instead of getting an IVB-E.
Generally, you're either someone who buys $600+ CPUs or you're a price/performance person. Buying a $285 stopgap CPU seems silly when you could just buy what you really want (6 core LGA 2011) and be done with it.
The problem with that reasoning is that we are in a time of transition. I will buy a X79 motherboard and one of these CPUs because I can't really go Sandy Bridge right now knowing I would be buying an outdated platform with PCIe 2.0 and an outdated chipset.
The moment you can buy Sandy Bridge-E and know the prices, specifications, benchmarks and release date of Ivy Bridge, unless you are in a hurry, it doesn't make sense to buy a Sandy Bridge platform right now and Intel knows that; that is why they timed their releases like they have; they know as of around these days that the potential higher end Core i7 2600k and i7 2700k buyers will hold off buying them because of Ivy Bridge... unless you give them something equivalent in terms of what you get for your money, plus more expandability, and this Core i7 3820 is just that.
More, if you have Sandy Bridge, what is your upgrade path ? An Ivy Bridge CPU ? But if you already have a 2600k for example, it only makes sense if you're in it just for the fun, because it doesn't make much financial sense. After all, performance-wise on the CPU side you are not getting much more, and not more cores either. And as far as I know, the platform won't be having any 6-core CPUs.
Socket 2011 on the other hand presents you with an improved platform right now, already with PCIe 3.0, quad channel memory controller, and an appealing upgrade path from a quad core Core i7 3820 to a 6 core Ivy Bridge-E, with probably the same power consumption. And this time it will make sense to upgrade to a 6 core CPU because by then, in two years time when you decide to upgrade, you will have more games and programs taking advantage of 6 cores. And I bet that in two years time a 6 core CPU will have entered the mainstream, meaning more affordable prices too. As I said, I think this is a transitional time, and socket 2011 will last more than socket 1155 performance wise.
Hapy birthday Faint1001!Edited by tpi2007 - 1/5/12 at 8:21am