The XE10980XE is not even in the same performance/price group as the 3960x and 3970x which both perform miles ahead of it. Intel has no HEDT counterparts to respond to both these CPU's. The closest comparison is the 3950x. Both these CPU's are competitively comparable. If anything I feel sorry for those who couldn't hold out and wait for the 10980XE and purchased the 9980xe in the meantime.