Is anyone else ready for a Sandy Bridge motherboard? If so, which one?
More than ready. I've been waiting patiently for the MSI Big Bang Marshal since it was first shown in the new year.
When the P67 southbridge SATA2 glitch was announced it infuriated me, as I had no intention of using the SATA2 controller anyway. I don't use internal HDDs and any external SATA connectors I might use would be connected to SATA3 (6Gb/sec) to accommodate faster SSDs, so the SATA2 controller is unimportant to me. USB3 is more than fast enough for mechanical HDDs and external HDDs don't heat the system or burden the PSU.
It bugged me that I had to wait an extra month or two for all the goodness of eight full-sized PCIe slots and eight USB3 ports, just because of problems with almost obsolete technology.
My old Q6600/MaximusFormula is getting pretty long in the tooth but I didn't want to upgrade it until all the new specs were ready including USB3, SATA3, PCIe2, etc. The actual system still achieves a Windows Experience Rating of 7 which is probably fast enough for most of my uses but the lack of high-speed connectivity has long been a serious problem.
The performance increase of Sandy Bridge is a nice bonus. I plan to use the BBMarshal with an i7 2600K and 16GB of 2.4GHz DDR3. Hopefully it will last me four or five years like my last system and carry me through until newer specs with even faster data transfers are released.