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September 28, 2009 9:07:13 PM

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?
September 28, 2009 9:40:40 PM

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.

I hope that answers your questions.
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September 29, 2009 1:08:23 AM

the new intel socket is already pending.
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September 29, 2009 4:30:27 AM

jimishtar said:
the new intel socket is already pending.

Really? Source please?
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September 29, 2009 2:34:57 PM

I hadn't heard a thing about a new socket....
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September 29, 2009 2:51:44 PM

Neither have I. I'm not the most informed person in the world, but I check Toms/Anand entirely too much, and I haven't seen anything about a new socket yet.
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September 29, 2009 2:56:39 PM

1366 for the high-end, 1156 for everyone else. If you look at Intel's history, usually the current motherboard (not socket), would be incompatible 1 or 2 years from now.

Example:
Socket 478, when the P4 with HT was released, you'd need a Canterwood/875 chipset to use it.

Socket 775, you couldn't use the Quad's on the 945 chipsets even though they were also 775.


So really, I wouldn't be worried, probably after i9 on the 1366, the next processor would probably be 'electrically' incompatible with the 1366 boards of today.
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September 29, 2009 2:59:00 PM

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.
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September 29, 2009 3:05:18 PM

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.
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September 29, 2009 6:45:39 PM

There were some comments about IDF from Anand on a "Socket 1155" on Sandy Bridge. I don't have details on whether this is a typo or not.
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