* $168 ASUS P6X58-E PRO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
/yep I read the trolling NewEgg comments 9/10 it's the same one or 2 people; look to the next page of feedback. A DOA is 2%~3% and two DOA's is 0.04% so the person had i.e. a bad PSU kill it. I have a dozen ASUS P6X58-E in my office and home and after 2+ years 0 DOA/0 Problems.
*Marvell 9128 = x1 PCIe lane (370MB/s~385MB/s) vs Marvell 9182 = x2 PCIe lanes (500MB/s+)
All of the 'real world' i.e. rendering the 6-core is going to stomp the SB. Further, no one buying (few maybe) are going to run the i7-980X @ 3.3GHz. Mine (my daughter's) has been running between 4.4GHz and 4.6GHz since the day I bought it.
The problem is those this vs that are very misleading because so many operations (benches) are based upon Default clocks and not remotely what the CPU is capable of doing.
Tossing out a $1000 i7-980X over a MOBO IMO is nuts. I'm not suggesting that anyone today should go out and buy an LGA 1366 CPU.
In my daughter's rig the GPU's are being replaced by 3-WAY GTX 680 4GB, everything is blocked. So I'd have a tough time justifying - NEW ($2000+): CPU, MOBO, RAM, MOBO block not to mention several hours for a couple FPS. Instead once stuff dies then 9/10 an IB-E or whatever is available at that time.