Nice review Bindi! I found the power consumption numbers quite interesting especially the load ones. The tests over at lost circuits are done by measuring the power consumption directly (well before the vrms at least) so as to avoid the numbers being skewed by the motherboards. Their results here perhaps suggest that your load results are due to factors other than the cpu itself? Perhaps the x58 consumes a lot of power which brings me to my next question. The guys at the tech report say here that the x58 is built on a 130nm process. That can't be right can it? I'm particularly looking forward to the havendale cpus with integrated graphics late 2009/early 2010.