IIRC, the first gen desktop i7 was a totally separate socket, similar to x99, and priced up to $1000. Luckily Intel gave us i7's in the $300 range on normal platforms. Thus the HEDT cpu's, like the 3960x, 5960x and 6900k were born to fill the price gap, even though the same cpu as a used Xeon is cheaper. Don't tempt Intel to raise prices, they've proven they'll gladly do it. They've been pushing quad cores a huge margins for years. Thankfully amd just called them on it........Maybe if they just use i7 like a x99 chip with disable parts like less pci e lanes etc would be nice .