If you run professional apps and need a lot of raw cpu power - then yes, it might be worth the price.
not might be worth but most certainly be worth it.the price is high but actually not too bad
the 6 core goes for 500-600 which is about even with the current 970 and 980
so for anybody wanting a 6 core that would certainly be a better route
i don't think they tested in a quad channel config over at guru3d
the 50Gb/s is a bit optimistic as a real world figure.
it's 4 channels with each 12.8GB/s x4 = 51.2GB.s theoratical
i would be pretty disappointed if it only turns out 19.xxx GB/s
i really like that you can get double up the banks to get 8 modules going. wityh 4gb modules you would end up with 32GB. very nice for VM's
i hope the next gen will combine Ivy Bridge 3d gate tech with some of the features of the SB-E
They probably didn't want to make too good. Problem with huge corporations is their strive for profit. Why make a product that lasts 3 years if you can make one to last a yea and keep changing it a bit, and extend the sales over 3 year period?
Maybe some of the decisions Intel has made with current SB-E are based on their future plans, and didn't want this new CPU/Chipset to be "too quick"