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About what I expected - unfortunately 11/27/2013
Performance is about what you would expect - i.e., more processing power than the average user will really ever be able to use.
No VT-d, dual channel memory architecture, no VT-Pro, poor heat spreader, only 16 PCIe lanes.
I decided to bite the bullet on the upgrade, as my old mobo had run out of PCIe slots, preventing me from upgrading to a 10g NIC. After doing the research and hemming and hawing about a socket 2011 based system vs. Haswell, I chose to go with Haswell. Taken on its own, this processor will seem to impress. I currently run the Haswell at stock frequencies and when compared against my (admittedly OC'd to 3.9GHz) 4+ year old i7-920 it fails to impress. In testing some of the CAD stuff that I tinker with, the new processor netted gains in the neighborhood of 25%. This is what lack of real competition gets us - mediocre processor upgrades. I will probably end up de-lidding the processor once I start overclocking in earnest. In the end the upgrade has been worth it, but that has everything to do with the new mobo and supporting cast rather than the processor. Even as it stands right now, I've already maxed out my PCIe lanes right out of the gate - but the only other option would have been either a socket 2011 system (which would have other drawbacks) or wait for Haswell-e in a year.
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