It is a rather disappointing release by the Blue half, nothing significant over Sandybridge other than Native USB3.0, PCI-e 3.0 and faster Memory SPD support, other than that the general impression by references at OC.net suggest it is rather poor, overclocks poorly and degenerates fast under said loads.
Since IB is around the corner it makes the decision tough, either way its a good choice, I am leaning towards grabbing the Sandybridge before they are gone.
it was or is to be said that Ivy will net you about 15% more performance than Sandy.
but right now Ivy is a higher power consumption (TDP) and runs higher temps than first predicted.
it's not quite going to be as big as the AMD Bulldozer disappointment/fiasco but early reports are very very disturbing.
so untrue. everyone is throwing around that 15 percent number. the graphs i looked at were closer to 5 percent.
The benchmarkers community I am with are certainly not rushing out to get one, the Z77/75 chipsets are far more interesting, its just a pitty you don't get all the features running a SB on them or it would be a win win.
How long before Z68 and P67 all but disappear, along with SB?