Here’s a quick bit of overheard info for you – Intel’s replacement for its current high-end Core i7 CPU range will arrive in Q3 2011, so if you’re planning an LGA1366 upgrade now (perhaps with a Core-i7 930) then it’s still got plenty of life left in it.
The bad news is, there will be no compatibility between current LGA1366 Core i7s and the new socket. Intel is planning on launching a new socket for every new major CPU revision as it’s continuing to incorporate more and more features into future CPUs, which means pin-counts and sockets will inevitably change.
If true, then I'm glad I stuck it with 775 for this generation. I would also expect that 1156 would also be cut off with this new socket...Still a roumer, so take it for what its worth; I'm waiting for Sandy Bridge either way.
I just built an i5 750 rig for a friend, i was tempted to get one for myself but i think i will stick with 775 as well, at least until bulldozer rolls out, i can't WAIT for that time, but my Q6600 will last me until then...
I doubt it. Intel would be commuting suicide if they don't offer a good/decent upgrade path for the LGA1366 platform. The current LGA1156/1366 owners (mainly those who won servers based on LGA1366) will revolt.
HOWEVER, they will be probably have possibly 3 different sockets available at some time. This mentioned socket and the LGA1366 and LGA1156. Just look at how long the LGA775 lasted. I expect the current Nehalem sockets to last about the same amount of time as 775.
To be fair, 775 had its issues, like early boards not supporting duo's, and later boards not supporting quads. Basically, there were three tiers of 775 boards out (although most of the old ones were quickly phased out).
I never saw the improvements over a decent C2Q anyways, and had a sneaking suspicion Sandy Bridge would be a signficant enough change to warrent a new socket. Hence, why I always wait to see what the upgrade path is before adopting.