i would have to buy a new motherboard as well so not for me. i am not rich so for me a better option would be to wait for a price drop then by a gen older tech, unless the new chips have some power saving feature than means it would pay for its self in a short time via my electric bill. reading the article it seems to consume more not less power. along with the move of cheaping out on thermal paste to save less than 1 cent on a $300 chip which increases the temp 18-20c i wouldn’t be touching it even if i had the money.
"Devil’s Canyon changed that - here was a better binned Haswell processor with a higher quality package, giving a ten degrees cooler system at load. It is worth noting that previously on certain platforms Intel had been providing a mixed metal interface (generalized as a soldered interface) between the silicon and the heatspreader, which is the best but most expensive option. If the cost of the interface is reduced by 0.1 cents, then that’s a significant saving on millions of processors. Devil’s Canyon was a small subset of sales, so spending that extra for that specific crowd could be seen as beneficial to Intel’s perspective by overclockers.
To paraphrase Splave again, he comments that the thermal paste (TIM)o n his Skylake is certainly worse than that of Devil’s Canyon. If the extra mass on the IHS is coming from a taller heatspreader (by virtue of the smaller package substrate), then more TIM is needed otherwise there will be substantial air bubbling of the TIM between the CPU and the heatspreader. By replacing his own thermal paste and resecuring the heatspreader, he saw an 18°C drop in temperatures at his highest air overclock with the old paste (5.1 GHz at 1.48 volts) - from 96ºC that overheated to 78ºC on the warmest core. An 18°C drop is immense. Under those conditions, and based on rough testing not published in our Skylake review, it could equal another 100-400 MHz depending on the quality of the processor. PCWatch confirms that switching out the paste with CoolLaboratory’s Liquid Pro (a liquid metal adhesion interface) reduced temperatures at 4.6 GHz from 88ºC to 68ºC"
this means that older gen hardware can be over clocked to beat the new expensive hardware. how you gimp you flagship to save a cent is beyond me. that temp could be 400 mhz of performance. slower, more prone to over heating, more expensive, needs ddr4 or ddr3l rather than plain ddr3,… i may have been born at night but it wasn’t last night.