Originally Posted by anubis1127
but if I was going to have a CPU drawing like 300w, I figured I'd rather have the i7.
Thankfully, Lynnfields don't have that kind of awful power consumption. At the same clocks, they may be anywhere from 25-40w less than it's sibling, an X58 system. Not having a Northbridge helps a lot when it comes to power consumption.
Haven't ran into a game yet that my (3.55ghz) Lynnfield can't handle, so I'm sure you won't notice the difference. And if you're using multi-threaded tasks, you may even beat the 2500k if you go for more like 4+ ghz.
Originally Posted by mcg75
I sold my 860 to go to the 2500k actually.
Two boards that I had the 860 in couldn't get it stable over 3.8 without going over 1.4v.
My 2500k runs at 4.5 on 1.32v stable.
Sounds like bad luck. My i5 is stable at 3.55 with stock voltage (1.136v) and can do 3.8 with just a tiny bump. 'Silicon lottery' as they say.