New socket to replace LGA1366 due in 2011

Tagged: LGA1366, Computer Hardware
Source: bit-tech - Read the full article
Posted: 4 years 18 weeks ago

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.

Our sources in Taiwan also told us that the new chipset that will accompany this socket - inevitably being called "X68", although this is far from being an official name - will feature four DDR3 DIMM channels. It will only support one DIMM per channel as this maximises memory bandwidth, but memory density will be overall lower than current LGA1366, Core i7 systems as there will only be four sockets versus the six you see on current X58 boards. The chipset will include more PCI-E lanes of some description, either 2.0 or 3.0.

No details on the socket pin-count or size are available yet, however we do know the first CPUs will be a native eight-core, 16-thread design (as seen in the just launched Xeon X7650), based on the upcoming Sandy Bridge architecture.

The good news is for those who upgraded to LGA1366 in late 2008 or even last year have had a fantastic investment of their money as we expect their systems will continue to be the fastest products available until the replacement late next year. Interested in saving up for a new 8-core behemoth? Does this change your upgrade cycle? Let us know your thoughts, in the forum.

 

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Tiv
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triumphovereve wrote:

I have been making different Intel builds on newegg and finally decided on the i7920 for it's cost/performance ratio + oc ability. Reading this article has encouraged me to stick with my old Athlon 64 x2 for a while longer and just save up for the new socket. Then again I don't want to miss out on the newest game releases between now and then... decisions decisions...

My Q6600 Quad overclocked on a Socket LGA775 has yet to be bested enough to warrant an upgrade. If anything I'm waiting on faster video cards.

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AMD is smart. They maintain a socket design and backwards compatibility making it easy to upgrade your system. 

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I have been making different Intel builds on newegg and finally decided on the i7920 for it's cost/performance ratio + oc ability. Reading this article has encouraged me to stick with my old Athlon 64 x2 for a while longer and just save up for the new socket. Then again I don't want to miss out on the newest game releases between now and then... decisions decisions...

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Well, more sockets = more money. That's why they're doing it. If it was for the pins they could made LGA 1500 for example and leave a lot of pins un-used. And when all 1500 are used and more are needed, they'll change to LGA2000 or something. But that would mean less sold sockets for Intel, and as they are greedy...it just won't happen.

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I agree, but even with 478 and 755 they had others for servers at the time. Intel makes too many sockets and from what I can tell there is no reason as far as performance matters. One of the better parts from AMD is that they use a socket for a long time.

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Intel must like changing sockets. They just need to choose one and stick with it for a few years like they did with 478 and 775