Summary: I couldn't wait to receive my new CPU. It was the final part I was waiting for in order to build my new PC. Well worth the wait and all the patience. My PC runs better than anticipated. Highly recommend Intel CPU's.
Summary: Quad Channel RAM will be the only way to go for this PC enthusiast from now on. You do not think of making your main rig less than a Quad Channel rig once you get used to it. With PCIe 3.0 your video game play is always a notch better. You will not falter playing the newest games on Hi-Res everything maxed out. In fact, i7 3820 is begging for more video card. I see low CPU usage in Task Manager, maybe 20-25%.
Summary: I purchased this for a combined gaming/simulation build. I've never had any trouble with it and it easily handles anything I throw at it. As part of my job, I run parallelized simulations so it runs at full load for extended periods and is perfectly fine. I've seen some people complaining that it doesn't come with a heat sink, but if you are buying a processor like this and plan on fully utilizing it, you don't want a stock cooler anyway.
Summary: I was sick of waiting for Ivy bridge-E so I went Sandy Bridge-E. This was a HUGE upgrade over my good old 775 Core 2 Quad 9550, RIP. If your looking to upgrade wait for Ivy Bridge it is due out in a month. Still will walk all over haswell because of the features the x79 has over the x87.