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Intel continuing LGA 1366? I might upgrade.

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December 23, 2011 1:03:17 AM

Back when Lynnfield was released on LGA 1156, Intel told the enthusiasts not to worry about a new socket because they would continue to have LGA 1366 be their enthusiast socket. Now that Sandy Bridge E is out on LGA 2011 and we are pretty sure that Ivy Bridge E will be on LGA 2011 as well, is there any chance Intel will come back to LGA 1366?

I'm asking because I currently have an i7 920 in a 1366 board, but am considering upgrading to either a higher-end 32nm i7 9xx and sticking with this motherboard, or waiting for Ivy Bridge E when that comes out. If Intel is still planning on using 1366, I would just upgrade my current CPU and keep this motherboard for whatever is coming next on 1366.

Yes, I know that this motherboard will be outdated by the time Ivy Bridge E comes out, but it does have USB 3.0 and Sata 6Gb/s. It'd only be missing PCI-E 3.0 and front USB 3.0 as far as I know at this point.
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December 23, 2011 1:17:13 AM

LGA1366 is a dead end with no new products coming out, you can certainly get good use out of it still.
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December 23, 2011 1:19:59 AM

"It's dead, Jim"

-Dr. McCoy.
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December 23, 2011 3:09:38 AM

Just overclock ;) 
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December 23, 2011 3:23:06 AM

Intel continued the life of LGA 1366 until the Gulftown 6 cores were released, they came after socket 1156 did, so they technically didn't lie. Than with Sandy Bridge they killed both sockets.
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December 23, 2011 5:00:14 AM

Ah. Thanks guys. Looks like I'll either be sticking with my i7 920 or upgrading to a better i7 9xx.

@loneninja I didn't realize that Gulftown came out after 1156, but you're right. I guess that is what Intel meant by keeping 1366 as the enthusiast socket.
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December 23, 2011 5:01:09 AM

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