Funny you should show those benchmarks. I JUST finished reading that article before I came back here.
Funny you should mention another motherboard. Just before I read the AnandTech article, I went through website support hell at Intel. I was trying to find out what memory is officially supported by the MB and the Corsair 8GB module they listed doesn't exist anywhere other then their documentation. Just trying to send them an email to ask a question was one of the most horrible web experiences I've ever had. If this is what all of their support is like then I'm more than willing to entertain other suggestions.
As for pushing the RAM, I only intend to OC gently (having never done it before) - meaning I'll only OC as high as I can go on the default voltage.
Just go with a far cheaper ASRock Z77 Extreme4.
What is the purpose of this build? Almost no application justifies 32gb of RAM.
... there is no application that comes to mind needing 32GB of ram that should not also be paired with a SB-E LGA2011 processor, or preferably a duel Xenon setup.
kajabla and caedenv,
Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4. Very likely I'll be processing the monster image files from a Nikon D800. Not particularly insterested in video, but I'm sure I'll play with it some, just because it's there. And hey, you never know how much I'll like it.
In addition to PS and LR4, I usually have another 10-12 programs (office stuff, programming, utilities and such) open with a couple of them running things concurrently. And I always have a million tabs open in Firefox.
I want a system that's responsive. And I'm a little interested in trying out a RAMDisk.