I am getting this bad boy in the mail sometime at the beginning of next week. I feel justified in the purchase as I am coming from the old q9650 setup. What does piss me off, very badly, is the lack of any fast ddr2 ever being available. I know that if this chip o,mine can push a rock stable 4.0ghz on just 1.36 vcore, then my memory is limiting me. If I don't mind running my mem at 800mhz or under this chip hits 4.5 on as little as 1.40 vcore. I also realize that if i went down to 4gigs of ram that i could get much higher as well. I don't want to do any of that stuff though so I decided to sell my current rig as a server after tossing in more memory and bringing the clock speed down a noch for a 1:1 ratio at 800mhz on the memory. I don't feel to bad about selling it as a server either. This machine is the most stable build I have ever produced. @4.0ghz this sucker has never had a random crash. The only crashes it has had were directly my fault
and usually a result of overclocking hd5870s just for the hell of it.
The short story is that for a guy in my position this is one effin heck of an upgrade. I am ordering some corsair memory rated @ 2400 stable all paired with a new intell. board. I really wish DFI's stuf hadn't become so damn hard to find as I am by no means a fanboy. DFI EARNED my respect both as an enthusiast and a technician. So yeah dude this "junk" is 2 more cores physical for 50 dollars more than the 980x, hell yeah Ill buy it. This is typical for me though I always wait until the end of a generations life cycle before jumping on board. Doing this is a smart move as end of gen items have had all the bugs worked out, clock higher, consume less voltage and generally are tried and true. Besides thinking of 1:1 ratioas at 5ghz is giving me a raging nerd-on!Edited by NonOtherThenI - 2/16/11 at 7:51am