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The Southbridge on my current AMD mobo is malfunctioning. More info about that here. I had planned to upgrade this year. I wanted to wait for either Haswell or Ivy Bridge-e to arrive. The performance gains from an Ivy Bridge-e engineering sample were small. I think I may go ahead and upgrade. The 3930k sounds appealing. Any suggestions?
Edited by Geek Branden - 4/28/13 at 8:00pm
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The level of improvement between Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E should be similar to the difference that their quad-core Socket 1155 versions exhibited. As such, if you want to go with the X79 six-core CPUs, waiting until Q4 2013 for IVB-E probably isn't worth the wait in your situation.

If you do get a Sandy-E rig then the 3930K is indeed the chip to get, as the 3820 only has 4 cores and the 3960X doesn't provide much extra performance for the much higher price tag.

As for the mainstream Haswell CPUs, they do make a compelling case for an upgrade instead of Ivy Bridge (provided that you can hold out until its early June release date) since you'd be starting with a clean slate to begin with. Something like the i5-4670K (quad-core) or i7-4770K (quad-core + hyper-threading) paired with a board like Gigabyte's GA-Z87X-UD3H would be something to investigate fully once the NDA lifts.

If you can't hold out until Haswell comes out, the current-gen Ivy Bridge equivalents to the aforementioned models are the i5-3570K, i7-3770K, and GA-Z77X-UD3H.
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I am going to RMA my ASUS mobo to see if they can do something about it under warranty. The technician said it is either the BIOS or the Southbridge controller. I still plan to upgrade my platform. I like the fact that I can hold off longer.
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The problem persists even after getting the mobo back from ASUS. They supposedly found firmware errors that were fixed. I plan to replace it with a 2011 platform soon.
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