Originally Posted by dpoverlord
After heavy thought my analysis on waiting for this motherboard has fallen to, it's great but should have been here a year ago...
I have found my i7-930 to be able to push on air to 4.3 to 4.4 ghz. Right now I am using 2 titans and it is doing 120+ fps in tf2 surorund. Then in Skyrim it did dual and tri sli at 1600p (No AA) no problem. Bioshock infinity seems to play well as well. Lo and behold I went ahead and was and bit the bullet on a 4930k / RIVE (waiting for black) + 32GB of ram, but due to how I have enough power, and am not sure I will be playing BF4(and if I did why not just drop AA hell I am at 1600p surround who needs AA) I decided that it does not really make so much sense to upgrade for $1300+ only for a FEW more FPS.... Especially when the X79 motherboard is 3 year old technology and has no native USB 3.0 supports. Granted the RIVE black is GREAT.... but it's not a HUGE improvement.
I most likely will just purchase some more ram for my system since I am @ 6GB now. As Skupples knows I have been on the fence for MONTHS. What I may just do, is sell my 2 titans soon for $800-$900 each and upgrade to a new GPU when it comes out. That most likely will be a bigger improvement than my cpu. The Titans area really pushing me forward, Tf2 and SKyrim uses about 2.5 - 3.4GB
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R User here w/ a 980x + 1 Titan aiming to get a 2nd now that reviews on the newer cards are out. I'll be upgrading to the RIVE BE as well as the 4960X, I doubt from there I'll see the diff in H-E and this will hold me over till Skylake anyways.
If you'd like me to do some in depth testing between the 2 I'd be happy to throw up some benchmarks etc. Running an H90 currently on my 980x so I can easily hit 4.5.
I'm sure many of those that have the most upgrading itch are those still on the 1366 socket as those already on SB-E and or Haswell hardly have much to gain other than extra lanes for Haswell users.
Also Since you're running 1600p Surround how is that for you? I have 5 monitors currently but all 1080, 3 normally in surround, 1 in portrait for other types of work and a 46" LCD TV that I wanna upgrade to a 55" for an accessory monitor.
I was messing around w/ a Dell U3011 at the store near me, found new ones online for 500-700$ range, I'm more of a gloss person but the backlight can be turned down on these to almost mimic it so was curious how long it took you to adjust coming from 1080->1600 for other tasks outside of gaming?
Back on topic, analysis and actual results are sometimes different, so I'm sure some people would prefer peace of mind as regardless of what facts and knowledge is laid out on OCN, there will always be the power hungry types and or those that just want to know/feel they have the best.
Me? Getting away from Tri-Channel memory, and other assorted areas, already got my G.Skill 2400's 32gb x 2 ready as well to pop into the new board, (If I ever decide on a case
But yeah it might make for a good read for others interested and or put some urges to rest or push the want further.