I know computer enthusiasts make purchases that don't make sense all the time, but this has to be quite the exception. There is no gaurantee that LGA 2011 is going to have any sort of longevity compared to socket 1155. At an educated guess, considering its an enthusiast socket and intel has little incentive to cater to these particular consumers, I would imagine 2011 will be out with the next enthusiast architecture. The extra PCIE lanes are mute, 1155 has 32 2.0 lanes while the 2011 socket has 48 correct? What would be the benefit to running tri fire or sli in 16x8x8 mode vs 16x16x16? Seeing as how the IMC is by far the governing factor in memory efficiency, not the actual memory bandwidth, who is going to benefit from quad channel memory over dual channel? More importantly, what enthusiast out there only needs 4 physical cores but needs 8ghz effective of memory bandwidth for any application? Ivy bridge is more efficient, has a higher IPC, and is cheaper than this sandy bridge LGA substitute. It has "duplicative features" written all over it. For the one person who wants 4 graphics cards but doesn't want a hexacore, maybe this makes sense. Probably not, but at least you could argue for it. Everyone else should get 1155.