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So with z77, its going to support lga1155? Isn't lga 1155 outdated to lga 2011? So why would Intel release this new chipset as oppose to phasing to the newer chips.

Anyways, if I buy a z77 board, my i5 2500k I currently have in my z68 board will work fine right? Does the z77 support lga2011 or something too?
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So with z77, its going to support lga1155? Isn't lga 1155 outdated to lga 2011? So why would Intel release this new chipset as oppose to phasing to the newer chips.
Anyways, if I buy a z77 board, my i5 2500k I currently have in my z68 board will work fine right? Does the z77 support lga2011 or something too?

The Z77 is a chipset and it still works with socket 1155, just like P67 and Z68. All Sandy Bridge CPUs, including you 2500K that work with the latter work with the former and Ivy Bridge 22 nm CPUs will also work with P67 or Z68 based motherboards with a BIOS update.

LGA 2011 is the enthusiast socket, and currently is paired with the X79 chipset, maybe later in the year there will be a newer chipset which includes native USB 3.0 support, just like Z77.

1155 = mainstream socket, P67, Z68 and now Z77 and its derivatives, maxes out at quad cores, either 32 nm Sandy Bridge or 22 nm Ivy Bridge.

2011 = enthusiast socket, where you have six core CPUs and later eventually even eight core CPUs. Can use either 32 nm Sandy Bridge-E or the future 22nm Ivy Bridge-E.

As to you upgrading to a Z77 motherboard, there is no reason for you to do so. It's more logical to upgrade your CPU in case you want something a little better like a Core i7 3770K, which has HT, a bit more cache and PCIe 3.0. Check to see if your motherboard supports PCIe 3.0 with a BIOS update.
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The Z77 is a chipset and it still works with socket 1155, just like P67 and Z68. All Sandy Bridge CPUs, including you 2500K that work with the latter work with the former and Ivy Bridge 22 nm CPUs will also work with P67 or Z68 based motherboards with a BIOS update.
LGA 2011 is the enthusiast socket, and currently is paired with the X79 chipset, maybe later in the year there will be a newer chipset which includes native USB 3.0 support, just like Z77.
1155 = mainstream socket, P67, Z68 and now Z77 and its derivatives, maxes out at quad cores, either 32 nm Sandy Bridge or 22 nm Ivy Bridge
2011 = enthusiast socket, where you have six core CPUs and later eventually even eight core CPUs. Can use either 32 nm Sandy Bridge-E or the future 22nm Ivy Bridge-E.

Thanks for clearing it up for me. When you say "Can use either 32 nm Sandy Bridge-E or the future 22nm Ivy Bridge-E" its still limited to a LGA 2011 board can only strictly use LGA 2011 chip or do you mean its all interchangeable with one another.
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look at the 1155 chipset guide in my sig and have a look at the intel tick tock model
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Tick-Tock
the next tock will be Haswell and on the lga1150 socket smile.gif

yes, lga155 sandy bridge and ivy bridge can be used on eithjer platform

lga2011 sandy bridge-e and ivy bridge-e i would assume will be that same
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Thanks for clearing it up, I think I got it now. I see that wiki link you posted me that the Haswell will be 22mm, does that mean z77 will be able to support it, or would you have to buy a completely new motherboard
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Thanks for clearing it up for me. When you say "Can use either 32 nm Sandy Bridge-E or the future 22nm Ivy Bridge-E" its still limited to a LGA 2011 board can only strictly use LGA 2011 chip or do you mean its all interchangeable with one another.

The enthusiast platform has an "E" at the end. Those CPUs, be it Sandy Bridge-E or Ivy Bridge-E will only fit in the enthusiast platform, that is the 2011 socket. Currently there is only one chipset, the X79, but later this year a new one featuring for example native USB 3.0 support, is expected to be released, at the same time 22 nm Ivy Bridge-E CPUs are released.

With Z77 and the Ivy Bridge release, Intel closes the cicle in the mainstream segment for the 1155 socket. Next you will have Haswell which will be socket 1150.

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Thanks for clearing it up, I think I got it now. I see that wiki link you posted me that the Haswell will be 22mm, does that mean z77 will be able to support it, or would you have to buy a completely new motherboard

Haswell will be on a different socket, with 1150 contacts, so yes, you will need to buy a new motherboard if you want to upgrade to Haswell.
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Awesome! Thanks you two for the clarification smile.gif
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s mention above its on a new socket, the lga1150 which means a new mobo will be needed will be released sometime early Q1 or 2 next year smile.gif
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