Well, the PCH doesn't do a whole lot now, on skt1366 you have PCI-E running off the IOH with QPI. X79 doesn't need QPI to the chipset anymore because the bandwidth is unnecessary because the PCI-E controller is on the CPU. X79 doesn't do much because it doesn't have to. What about the PCH do you not like? Whatever the PCH doesn't have IVB-E/SB-E have more than enough PCI-E lanes to let you add stuff to your machine. This isn't a gimped 1155 CPU with only 20 lanes (16 usable on SB). I don't know about your machine but mine does 16x/8x/8x/8x which gives you a lot of options for expansion if you're not running 3 or 4 video cards, not to mention the 1x slots in between some of them. I've been thoroughly satisfied with my 3820... and if you're complaining about how X79 only has 2 SATA 6Gb ports, then unless you have more than 2 SSDs, you're complaining about a non-issue and if you have the money to invest in that many SSDs, I'm willing to bet you have the money to invest in a nice controller to handle them as well. At least Intel's SATA 6Gb ports run at a full 6Gbit though. X79 might be a glorified z68 board, but both the X79 and z68 are glorified ICHs with a couple extra PCI-E lanes just in case. If you took the PCI-E controller out of the IOH on 1366, the IOH wouldn't do a lot, so you might as well make it do what the ICH used to. So just because X79 doesn't have everything you ever wanted does not mean that it's a bad chipset.