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LGA 1150 vs 1155 Socket for future upgrade path

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November 25, 2013 7:47:22 PM

Hello everyone,

I am assembling a PC soon but these socket thingy confuses me.

Which socket should I get now for my mobo?

1. Should I get 1150 or 1155?
2. What is the difference between the two?
3. Are future intel processors gonna be released for 1150 or 1155?

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November 25, 2013 7:53:11 PM

The most recent 4000 series Haswells are socket 1150 and will have an upgrade path when the refresh is released next year. 1155 is done, although no one would say you needed to upgrade if you had that and threw an i7-3770K in it. But as you said, there's no future upgrade path for 1155.
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November 25, 2013 7:55:47 PM

...there's really no future upgrade path for 1150 either. Sorry, but it P.Os me when people say there is. NOBODY is going to spend $200 to replace a processor that's only a generation old with a "new" one that's 10% faster.

By the time you're going to want to upgrade, the socket is going to be dead as a doornail.
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November 25, 2013 7:59:55 PM

DarkSable said:
...there's really no future upgrade path for 1150 either. Sorry, but it P.Os me when people say there is. NOBODY is going to spend $200 to replace a processor that's only a generation old with a "new" one that's 10% faster.

By the time you're going to want to upgrade, the socket is going to be dead as a doornail.


lol so true. Perhaps i should've said "upgrade" with quotes around it. I'd actually upgrade for 10% though (i'm always compute bound - not gaming related) but most likely the Haswell refresh will only offer a gain of 4% if we're lucky.
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November 25, 2013 8:05:08 PM

JohnPMyers said:
lol so true. Perhaps i should've said "upgrade" with quotes around it. I'd actually upgrade for 10% though (i'm always compute bound - not gaming related) but most likely the Haswell refresh will only offer a gain of 4% if we're lucky.


Yeah, sadly, that's probably the truth.

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November 25, 2013 8:11:11 PM

The lga 1150 socket is the latest by intel and supports 4th generation haswell processors whereas the lga 1155 spcket is the previous generation socket which supports earlier sandy bridge and ivy bridge processors.Future processors will be released for the lga 1150 socket.There has been intense speculation about how many more series of cpus would be released for the lga 1150 that is haswell refresh or broadwell .If you want an upgrade path for the future albeit a small upgrade taking previous two generations into account, then go for the lga 1150.
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November 25, 2013 8:28:29 PM

Socket 1155 is already "dead" there is nothing to upgrade to beyond the i5-3570k or i7-3770k.

Socket 1150 will get a Haswell refresh known as Broadwell in late 2014. However, Broadwell is not expected to be a significant upgrade over Haswell in terms of CPU performance. The main goal of Broadwell is a die shrink to 14nm from 22nm. The main goal is to reduce power consumption. There will likely be an increase in CPU performance, but it will probably be another 6% or so. Intel will improve the integrated GPU though. Early speculations is about 30% - 40% over Haswell generation graphics core. The main goal is to stay competitive with AMD's APU for laptops. It also puts pressure on nVidia as well in their low end graphics chips.

Intel never may any bold claims about CPU performance increase for Ivy Bridge and Haswell. Both averaged about a 6% increase in performance from the previous generation. That is why Broadwell may just be another 6% average increase.

The general hope is that Skylake in 2015 will provide a good performance increase like the 12% performance improvement Sandy Bridge provided. However, that somewhat depends on what AMD plans on doing. If AMD does not offer a successor to the Piledriver generation FX CPU in 2015 a good performance increase, then Intel may not feel compelled to increase CPU (a.k.a. IPC) performance with Skylake. So far AMD has not announced any such plans. They plan on continuing to produce the Piledriver FX CPU to the end of 2014.

Skylake will introduce an new socket that it and Skymont (2016) will use. In 2017 when Intel plans on releasing the successor to Skymont, they will introduce yet another new socket if they follow their recent track history.
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