Since kernel 3.3.x there are frequent kernel panics during the boot process. It seems to be a kernel problem since I downgraded to 3.0 and the problems are gone.
The kernel panics happen almost at every boot attempt. After 4 or 5 restarts the system boots normally. It also seems to affect only Sandy Bridge systems, and maybe Ivy Bridge too.
Last kernel I checked was 3.4.9 with the same results.