Originally Posted by HYPERDRIVE
The only thing that makes me sad, is the fact that I thought by now I could be able to upgrade to a 6/8 core CPU for a decent price 300-450$. Now it got to the point that I'm just going to go with this just to fill up that need to buy something new, my x58 rig feels ancient yet I know it still has enough power for games. Its a total bummer.
That's why I went from i7 920 to FX 8350, it is just a ton of fun to play with and I'm still tweaking it to this day and eeking out higher clocks, and I bought it at launch. Most things were a side grade but the most important thing to me (rendering) is awesome.
You have to imagine where Haswell is going to sit. LGA1150 isn't going to get a CPU worth upgrading over,, ever. Broadwell is rumored to be BGA, but even if there is an LGA version it's going to be a small upgrade like from SB to IB, not worth an actual upgrade if you own the older one thanks to tick tock.
Intel at least keeps LGA2011 around and it's a good platform, but now we're in an awkward situation where your choices are sidegrade SB to SB-E, downgrade IB to SB-E, or make a smaller jump from something older to SB-E. It sucks but the newest is far from the best on Intel and given how Intel is treating mainstream socket, it's probably best to avoid it for now and stick to LGA2011.
I'm not excited about the overclocking. Intel took a lot of tweaking things away from enthusiasts (bclk, etc). I remember a day of when you could get an EE with unlocked multiplier and bus overclocking. Now Intel kind of brings back bus overclocking (but only 3 settings) and people get excited. It's like Intel is just taking things away from people and then slowly giving them back and calling them new features. The whole "omg Haswell can hit Sandy Bridge clocks now when Ivy couldn't! ITS AN UPGRADE!" thing is more of "here's some stuff we took away artificially for no reason and we're giving back to you, be excited we added new features!"
Where have I seen this before and where has it worked? Apple.
I don't care how high of clocks it hits, if all you have is a few straps and multiplier it's a set it and forget it thing for the most part, just slightly changed. There is no tweaking the bus a little and messing with all the other multipliers, it's just set CPU and move on.