2nd Gen. i-series, LGA-1155 socket,H/P67 chip

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January 8, 2011 at 21:48:19
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 3.52 GHz / 4094 MB
I was just 'bumming around' TigerDirect and NewEgg to see if any really fantastic deals might jump out at me, when I noticed a new reference. Namely:
LGA-1155 socket
H67/P67 chipsets
2nd Generation i3, i5, i7 CPU's

No CPU's yet are showing, but TigerDirect is already showing boards to support them. I read into some of the board spec's and got some skimpy info from intel's site, but not much. This is really an open question and an open discussion I guess.... Does anyone have the low down yet? Is the relatively new LGA-1156 obsolete already? What about the LGA-1366? Is this really a significant improvement? Personally I am currently happy with my Core 2 Duo still and not looking to spend any real money anytime soon, but we gotta keep up on the technology, right?

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January 8, 2011 at 22:20:32
Found these two links so far:
Interesting so far.

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January 8, 2011 at 22:53:43
They're incredibly fast processors--quite a bit faster than Nehalem, clock for clock. What's really cool about the new Sandy Bridge processors is integrated GPU. Because the GPU has access to the CPU's L3 cache, Intel Integrated graphics are now about as fast as the Radeon HD 5450 PCI-E video card. There's also an on-chip MPEG-4 AVC video encoder, which is a hell of a lot faster than nVidia's GPU-accelerated CUDA encoder.

"Is the relatively new LGA-1156 obsolete already?"

"What about the LGA-1366?"
1366 is still the high-end socket, as the Sandy Bridge CPUs aren't yet available in hexa-core, triple-channel flavors. However, Intel will release a 6-core/12-thread Sandy Bridge CPU with a triple-channel memory controller in a few months. They will NOT be compatible with the current LGA-1366.

"Personally I am currently happy with my Core 2 Duo"
As am I with my positively ancient S939 Opteron X2. :-)

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January 10, 2011 at 02:25:35
Intel changed L3 cache to LLC(Last level cache), i believe they changed it because LLC isn't unified while L3 and L2(c2d) is unified.
"GPU has access to the CPU's L3 cache"
Yes that true, the info is exchanged thru RING ARCHITECTURE(similar to intel QPI) and it's capable of running at cpu internal speed.
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January 11, 2011 at 20:43:50
You'll see a good 15% to 20% increase with Sandy Bridge over Nehalem clock for clock in overall generel performance, which may not seem much to the uneducated eye, but anything over 10% is a healthy performance increase. In some areas especially in media transcoding, Sandy Bridge is a whopping to 35% to 40% faster then Nehalem. Of course this all depends upon what you are using your pc for to really notice any diff just like anything else. But all this is nothing new. Whenever Intel or AMD comes out with a new micro-archtechure it's normally 2x faster then its counterpart overall. It's the ongoing continuation of the technical evolutionary process.

Is it worth upgrading if you already have a Core i7/i5 series or a highend model Core 2 Duo or Quad series? No. Not unless there is a real legit reason for you to have to upgrade soo soon, especially if you own a Core i7/i5 series.

Yes, the 1156 socket is dead. I posted an article about this around this time last year on here. So people that keep up to date with the latest hardware news were already aware of this a long time ago. Intel said they had to come out with a new platform for Sandy Bridge because of the way they moved and added things into the processor that it required a new LGA to support it. Some pc critics seem to dispute this and will say Intel could have used the same platform that Nehalem used with Sandy Bridge especially since ASrock just came out with a 1156 P67 motherboard, which originally were only to support LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processors. Regardless Intel will not be producing anymore new Nehalem based processors on the LGA 1156 platform.

Personally, if you are in the market for a new intel based pc, i'd wait for Ivy Bridge which will be out by the end of this year. Ivy Bridge brings 22nm technology and DirectX 11 support with it on die, just to name a few things of what it has over Sandy Bridge. Overclock enthusiast will especially be chomping at the bits when Ivy
Bridge is released due to the fact that Ivy Bridge's 22nm will bring a lot more overclocking potential than current 32nm technology.

As for me, my AM2+ system has been doing everything I need it to do. So I'm happy with it. I prob won't consider thinking about building a new system until DDR4 hits the market, which will be some time early in 2012. By then It will prob be time for me to do another build considering this pc will be going on 4 years old by then.

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