Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn
Asrock makes a manual for the board available for download. I suggest that you read it.
The board supports dual, triple, and quad channel memory. The minimum number of DIMMs to get quad channel is 4.
I doubt that you'd gain much over an SB system, if your main use is gaming. If you want to use 4 graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire, then SB-E may be the best choice, as it offers 40 PCI-E lanes (vs. 16 for SB). SB-E is also good if you run software that makes full use of multi-core CPUs.
Example: my desktop machine at work is a Dell Precision T3500, with a Xeon W3520, 2.66GHZ, quad core, hyperthreading. My hobby machine use an I7-3930k, oc'd to 4.5 GHz. In the 64 bit version of Zemax (lens design code), the 3930k gave 3X the performance of the Dell. It'd be a worthwhile boost (2X) even at stock.
giming is a use, but is not the only use, i am a 3d developer, this will be my main computer, my current build, i am throwing into a server farm. im running a 6970 now and have plans to upgrade to a gtx 680 shortly.
to be honest, im in for the 2011 socket more for this> Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
than anything else.
Edit: although, i will say, the 2700k performs within a 300pt difference of mine, and 300pts higher than a 2600k, in perportion, its a bit better than the 2600k, im just not sure a 1155 socket is best.
heres the benchmark> http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
i know benchmarks dont mean much anymore, but following this, should i wait till the 3770k Ivy Bridge?