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1156 / P55 platform going away?

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July 19, 2010 9:44:08 PM

Noticing big markdowns on P55 boards. Is this processor class going away soon?

Was going to build a Core i7 860 based system. Don't need multiple video cards, so I don't think the added expense of an X58 based system is worth it. But if the P55 is end of the road might need to make other plans.

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July 19, 2010 10:08:43 PM

socket 1156 will be replaced with socket 1155 (sandy bridge) either l8r this year or Q1 2011, if upgrading is not in ur plans for the future i say go 1156
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July 20, 2010 12:42:22 AM

Its likely that it will be backwards compatible since it has one less pin then 1156.
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July 20, 2010 1:10:24 AM
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@BigStack:

As long as a CPU can offer excellent performance for sufficiently long term(4~5 years), the "future proof" doesn't really matter at all. The 860 is in this category.
July 20, 2010 1:31:08 AM

iqvl said:
@BigStack:

As long as a CPU can offer excellent performance for sufficiently long term(4~5 years), the "future proof" doesn't really matter at all. The 860 is in this category.


I agree with you completely. I made another thread regarding buying a i7-9xx or waiting for Sandy Bridge and it seems to me that what you said must be true. If your getting such a high performing CPU now then there will not be a need to upgrade for most people during the life of the socket type.
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July 20, 2010 4:09:22 AM

daship said:
Its likely that it will be backwards compatible since it has one less pin then 1156.


Nothing I have seen has said there will be a backwards compatibility with SB and 1156. I would love it though if that were to happen.
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July 20, 2010 9:41:35 AM

^ it wont happen
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July 20, 2010 3:23:51 PM

Yea Intel could not be that nice. :p 
July 20, 2010 7:02:32 PM

Yeah, the 1156 is a dead end (and, really 1366 also). the 1366 is more flexible, especially with multiple video cards. I just don't see me ever needing that capability. And one I build it, I probably won't open it up again (at least for anything major).

The other choice is going AM3 890 FX. Seems like a better platform, but with inferior CPUs.
July 20, 2010 9:13:41 PM

lol evil intel and their deviate socket plans to rule the world...

But yea, everything I have read says no chance of backwards compatibility, at least for the time being. Just gonna stick with a 1366 for my new build (i7 so similar to yours) and call it a day. Hopefully by the time either of us are thinking about an upgrade a mobo change is going to be inevitable so may as well not waste time thinking about it now.
July 21, 2010 7:00:33 PM

After working up a few systems, I'm finding that the x58 works out to be not much more expensive, and enables 6MB of ram on one bank (which I prefer). So I'm leaning back that direction.
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July 21, 2010 7:09:04 PM

Wonder what was the thought process on the 1156 platform just to keep it alive for only a year or so and then shifting to 1155 which is only one pin less!!!
July 28, 2010 2:09:05 AM

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