This question will interest many gamers who plan to invest a lot in an high end motherboard.
Considering future upgradability, and taking in account that future mainstream motherboards will be based on the socket 1366 (currently includes the "i7 920" and the coming "i9 gulftown") or socket 1156 (includes the "i7 860" and the i5), which socket will be the dominant?
Can anyone throw some light on this issue? Where Intel is heading?
From what I've read, it sounds like 1366 is the dominant enthusiast socket for the future. As you mentioned, i9 will be LGA-1366. That's not to say that 1156 won't be good; it just means that all the high-end releases will be for 1366. If you are wanting a board that will be future-proof and have the best upgrade path, you'll want to go with a quality manufacturer and LGA-1366. I say a quality manufacturer because it will be left up to the manufacturers to provide the necessary BIOS update to use i9 in existing LGA-1366 boards.
Yeah i heard some where (was like a month or 2 ago) that intel in the works of a LGA 1566 socket. When will they bring out this socket is anyone guess. I'll look around and see if i can find it the source again.
well back. well first thing is that i though it was an lga 1566, well it's lga 1567. 2nd is that this will be a sever socket. although most of the web site i looked at i never heard of before so they could be wrong or right.