Originally Posted by LAN_deRf_HA
Your spec argument is hollow since those specs don't benefit you, and BCLK is of no interest. Why would I want to push my cpu within 30mhz of being unstable? I stuck to even clocks even when I had the option. Beyond that you've got the worst config to defend buying a 2011. The same (in a few instances worse) performance as a 2600k across the board, so you have zero justification for your increased power draw. That's why when 2011 came out everyone said go big or go home. Why did you buy it if you aren't using one of the 6 cores that distinguish it from 1155? You can try convincing yourself you made the right move but it doesn't seem particularly rational.
I bought it for the 8 slots of memory and quad channel, I wanted VT-d as well. I think it was worth paying the extra 100$ on the mobo for that. Also, it's funner to OC and has a better upgrade path a longer life because of it