Last rumor I heard was that the 3960x was almost 50% faster then the current 2600K. Pretty hard to believe, but if that is correct then that is a HUGE boost. Not sure about the 3820, but it might be better to wait for benchmarks and if it isn't that big of a boost at least the price of 2600K will probably drop another notch by then.
Well, I definitely can't afford the super-high end. I'm looking at around the price range of the current 2600k, which is ~315.
Can someone explain quad-channeling to me? If I'm getting 16GB of RAM, is a quad-channel supporting chipset a necessity?
Also, when is the Sandy Bridge E supposed to be released? Q4 2011 is almost over, and there's no sign of it.