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December 22, 2012 8:58:17 AM

Why do they change the sockets? If they can do a new CPU with 1150 pins why can't it be in a 1155 pin socket?

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December 22, 2012 9:00:15 AM

To sell more motherboards.

They want to sell you those too. They make money off those.

Sadly.
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December 22, 2012 9:02:15 AM

amdfangirl said:
To sell more motherboards.

They want to sell you those too. They make money off those.

Sadly.

So, I have to spend a lot more money of something I don't need just because they want more money?
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December 22, 2012 9:08:33 AM

Well that and there are technical aspects to it often relating to the chipsets, compatibility and the desire to continue supporting the motherboards.

Supporting your motherboard requires money. The minority of people upgrade their processors.

IN the company's mind why would they continue supporting the older version when they can sell you a new one?

Supporting old version = loss
Selling new version = gain

Capitalism at its finest.
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December 22, 2012 10:07:03 AM

Have you noticed that intel changes it's sockets/compatibility more than amd, and intel makes motherboards and amd does not...
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December 22, 2012 10:59:31 AM

Well, that's sure only half of the truth. About 90% of all mobos are used for pre-build systems form DELL, IBM, HP and all the others and will never be changed anyway. In fact there are a lot of facts, that force the change of sockets, like adding build-in graphics, build-in memory controllers with various number of channels. Even raising the front channel speed and power consumption needs a new socket. Did you know, that only half of the pins is used for data. The other half is power and ground. And that you need a ground lane/pin between two high frequency data lanes to keep them from interfering, because they are to close? You can find some white papers on the net about this problems.
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December 22, 2012 11:04:48 AM

well intel has a majority of its cpu's compatible with 1155 and this includes most
of the new comers and the amd cpu's like am3+ with 8120
am3 with 8150
a10 and a8 with fm1 and fm2
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December 23, 2012 12:23:06 AM

If you don't want to change sockets very often, then stick with AMD.

Most people do not upgrade their CPUs very often. And most people do not simply swap out an old CPU for a new CPU. They tend to simply buy new PCs which would likely have a new socket anyway.

My current rig is over 4 years old right now. By the time I decide to upgrade to Haswell or Broadwell, I don't mind buying a new motherboard 'cause mine has just started to become slightly flaky, but also because of tech advancements on the motherboard.
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December 23, 2012 12:28:54 AM

I'll get a new motherboard when I can get one with SATA Express.

Features are awesome.
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January 1, 2013 11:46:11 PM

Best answer selected by melikepie.
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