Thanks for your reply.
"The first genearation of core i7 processors are still expensive but they suprised me with their second generation of core i7(i didn't expect the new chips will be that cheap). I hope they continue to drop down price."
Yes, especially considering that the much cheaper four core Core i7-2600K, which theoretically doesn’t belong to the top product category, at third the price of the most expensive processor in the market, the 1000-dollar six-core Core i7-990X Extreme Edition, managed to outperform many pricier products for a higher-end LGA1366 platform”, and is “just as good as the six-core Core i7-990X Extreme Edition “in terms of performance in the majority of popular applications” and “can boast much higher relative performance per core”.
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Core i7-990X Extreme Edition vs. Core i7-2600K.
Supposing that it is so that the “new chipsets will also operate the Sandy Bridge CPU's” (quoting from post#6 above), and that they wont have “bigger performance increase over current sandy bridge” (quoting from post#7 above), who would want to buy Ivy Bridge if their price was higher or even the same than Sandy Bridge?
“Looks like u don't need expensive board to run areca controller card. U need a board with PCIe x16 and x1 slots.”
Thanks for the link.
I may need something like an Areca ARC-1880ix-16 PCI-Express 2.0 x8 SATA / SAS later along the line,
but since Areca does not expect the new generation of PCIe-3 boards before Q1/2012 anyway, I will wait to see what boards follow those that were on show at Computex this month.
“With ivy bridge don't expect bigger performance increase over current sandy bridge. Why do u think u need high end hardware to perform heavy tasks?”
I am not so much after “a bigger performance increase over current sandy bridge” (although according to Wikipedia “Intel is targeting a 30 percent graphics performance and 20 percent CPU performance boost compared to Sandy Bridge” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_...),
because the Sandy Bridge i7-2600K, though it theoretically doesn’t belong to the top product category, managed to outperform many pricier products in editing rigs, (http://ppbm5.com/Benchmark5.html),
but what interests me is that the new performance line will support PCI Express 3.0 and, from what I read, will have double the PCI lanes (and double the memory channels and double the L3 cache).
Nothing helps man to overcome troubles and to survive like the knowledge of a task to complete.