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The future of Socket 1156

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April 20, 2010 10:39:53 AM

Looking at the slides from intel's roadmap (here), i've noticed that there aren't any plans for any 6 core parts or even sandy bridge 32nm parts (at least for the period lasting up to the end of 2010). With nothing else seemingly planned for release on the socket apart from the rumored 3.06GHz Core i7-880, 3.6GHz Core i5-680,and a 3.2GHz Core i3-550, does this mean that the 1156 is already obsolete?

I ask coz i'm currently in the middle of an i5-based upgrade and it would suck a lot if my upcoming build would be classified as dead at the end of the same year it got completed!! :fou: 

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April 20, 2010 11:13:45 AM

Well, socket 1156 was always mainstream, and never intended for the enthusiast market, which is where the six cores are. Apparently, Intel may release a new socket, with slightly less pins than socket 1156, and the CPUs might be supported, if they do fit. To be honest though, Core i5 750 would be good enough for several years.
April 20, 2010 11:18:03 AM

Seriously between the I5 750 and AMD phenom 2 965 you only gain about 10% increase in performance but AM3 will last longer.
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April 20, 2010 11:41:58 AM

Seems every Intel socket released after 775 has become obsolete the moment it hit the market. I can't find the dang article, but 1156 is going to be replaced by 1155. And 1366 will be replaced by whatever new socket incarnation supports Sandy Bridge.

Intel just doesn't seem to care about socket longevity any longer. They seem to just want to force upgrades because it drives up sales of their chipsets, sockets, and everything else their partners produce.

AMD has much more user-friendly socket transitions.
April 20, 2010 12:54:42 PM

Lmeow said:
Well, socket 1156 was always mainstream, and never intended for the enthusiast market, which is where the six cores are. Apparently, Intel may release a new socket, with slightly less pins than socket 1156, and the CPUs might be supported, if they do fit. To be honest though, Core i5 750 would be good enough for several years.


So no 6 cores for me then, fair enough. I like the 95w TDP anyway :D  I'm still curious about possible 32nm releases on 1156 though. Wikipedia (lol, i know i know ;)  ) listed 1156 as supporting 32nm processors from both sandy and ivy bridge flavours, so i figured there still remained hope for post 2010 32nm releases.
April 20, 2010 1:03:10 PM

Intel want change sockets 1156 and 1366 and remplace it by 1155 and 2011 the next year, it's fool. I bought Core I7 920 D0 and he already remplace.
April 20, 2010 1:04:01 PM

RazberyBandit said:
Seems every Intel socket released after 775 has become obsolete the moment it hit the market. I can't find the dang article, but 1156 is going to be replaced by 1155. And 1366 will be replaced by whatever new socket incarnation supports Sandy Bridge.



its 1356.
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April 20, 2010 3:53:30 PM

i'd not worry about the socket... i'd go for core i5 750... if i wanted to worry i'd rather buy amd... their new six core offering might be good...
April 20, 2010 3:57:56 PM

That there will be no 6-cores for 1156 is clear. It's a mainstream socket, intended for gamers (7XX and 8XX series) or for casual/office PC's (5XX and 6XX series). Hexacores are for enthusiasts and professional users, two groups that likely use 1366.

What does bother me however, are the rumors about a socket 1155/1365. If that is true, Sandy Bridge will only be for those who upgrade their motherboard together with their CPU. If they do that, I'll go AMD at my next upgrade, no matter the performance deficit or the higher power consumption.
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April 20, 2010 4:17:14 PM

Silmarunya said:
That there will be no 6-cores for 1156 is clear. It's a mainstream socket, intended for gamers (7XX and 8XX series) or for casual/office PC's (5XX and 6XX series). Hexacores are for enthusiasts and professional users, two groups that likely use 1366.

What does bother me however, are the rumors about a socket 1155/1365. If that is true, Sandy Bridge will only be for those who upgrade their motherboard together with their CPU. If they do that, I'll go AMD at my next upgrade, no matter the performance deficit or the higher power consumption.



wikipedia says so... not too sure... all depends on the sandy bridge architecture
April 20, 2010 8:03:12 PM

Yeah I was going with I5 750 but with the bandwidth and no future I am now going AMD.
April 20, 2010 8:47:10 PM

It's just getting to be common that anytime Intel releases new CPUs and accompanying chipsets, we should expect to see a new socket with them as well. Mind you, both the new socket and CPUs will be incompatible with previous sockets and CPUs. It's just how they do things.

Sure, 3 years isn't such a bad lifetime for a socket like 1366, but in the case of 1156, we could be looking at less than a year and a half total lifespan. That's just ridiculous.
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