Intel to Replace LGA1366 Socket in 2011

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Image courtesy: Intel Corp.
Image courtesy: Intel Corp.

Intel’s current high-end socket for consumer processors, best known as LGA1366, is supposedly set to be replaced by a new part in 2011. According to information obtained by Bit-Tech, the new socket would come in the second half of 2011 and with it several new features to accommodate future processors. Along with the new part, Intel will inevitably be releasing a new chipset to be at the center of the new platform.

If manufacturer Intel stands true to its actual naming scheme, the new chipset should be called X68. Sources indicates that the new silicon is expected to implement more PCI-E lanes than the current X58, although it is still unclear if those lanes will be of the 2.0 or 3.0 type. The new platform is also rumored to have four memory channels, evolving from the triple-channel memory design of the X58. The new quadruple-channel memory system should allow for only one DIMM to be installed per channel to allow for maximum bandwidth. New motherboards will therefore be built with only four memory slots.

The new X68 chipset and its accompanying unnamed socket will mark the end of the LGA1366 domination as the high-end socket for consumers systems. Introduced in late 2008, it will have seen more than three years of service. The new platform will most likely be released at the same time as Intel’s upcoming processors featuring eight physical cores, capable of sixteen threads thanks to Intel’s hyper threading technology.

Source: Bit-Tech



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  1. no biggie... I'll probably just wait till the 2732 pin socket comes out in 6 years before I bother upgrading again (being a bit facetious about the pin number, fyi)
    Any news on the life expectancy of 1156?

    Good question! LGA1156 might be quite short-lived in fact. Intel will release 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs for the mainstream market in early 2011 and with it the new socket 1155. Anyhow, both new CPU architectures require a new chipset so people would have needed a new board either way.
    Fudzilla litterature:
    Cheers! :)
    I'm still using the 775 socket lol. I've been wanting to get with it and buy a new mobo and Intel i7 chip. I guess when the new socket arrives it will be my "good value" moment to pounce on the best 1366 architecture at a great price. I'm on a budget--too many hobbies etc--so I usually build "one generation behind". Just living on "hand me downs", but its always a pleasant upgrade at a low price.
    Well, of Intel's recent sockets, only 775 really had a long shelf-life. That was more the aberration than the norm, which we seem to be getting back to now. :shrug:
    I am still using my Q6600 and will be for a while. Except to have the latest and greatest I have no reason to upgrade, I have 4 cores and am overclocked to 3.2GHz daily and can do 3.6GHz on air... I do not have any issues playing any new games on my hardware either. I'll end up upgrading when something dies... Besides my power supply...