Originally Posted by Alatar
The problem is actually that after 1366 most of intel users moved to the mainstream platform instead of using the server/enthusiast/high end one.
The biggest issue is mostly that during the 1366/1156 days Phenom II chips were very good compared to what AMD chips are right now. More people on OCN were on AMD platforms, back then no one would have said that intel is focusing on mobile because they released 1156, lowered TDPs, added IGPs etc. No one would have said that because most of enthusiast intel users were on 1366 instead of 1156.
However now we're in a strange spot where most intel enthusiasts are on 1155, a mainstream socket where the priority has always been mainstream stuff such as TDP and IGP performance. The fact is that intel is still releasing expensive platforms and expensive chips with little to no regard for TDP or graphics. Just see X79, SB-E, and upcoming stuff such as IB-E and haswell-E where the rumored TDP has been brought up to 160W at stock settings. The problem of course is that these things are expensive, just like they were when 1366 came out.
You just described me.
I was an AMD Thunderbird to FX-53 to C2D to 920C0 guy. I saw no need to go from X58 to X79 and the gains from the 920 to the 2600k, to the 3770k were too minimal. I have a 920 C0, so my OC is limited to 4GHz at a ton of voltage. So my everyday is at 3.8. I've been here since late 08' early 09. It's great paired up with my GTX 680.
It's been hard not to upgrade for upgrading's sake. I'm an enthusiast! However, I think there is no avoiding Haswell. It's an itch I just have to scratch and the incremental gains over time add up to a pretty nice jump, provided the OC'ing is there.