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Well as you might notice in the signature, I still run the good old Core 2 duo and I am now looking to get a new CPU and Motherboard soon.
I prefer Intel. So should go with the current Ivy Bridge?
I am hesitant because the LGA 1155 socket is nearing its end of life I would like to make my upgrade as future proof as possible.
So should I wait for Haswell with the 1150 socket? How good is the scope of this socket in terms of future proofing? (I know when it come to computers one cannot really future proof but still biggrin.gif)
Or wait for Ivy Bridge E and go with LGA 2011 socket.
I dont mind waiting but what according to you guys would be the best path to follow?
LGA 1150
OR
LGA 2011? smile.gif
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There are still some variables that we don't know.

For example, socket 1150 might not see more than 4 cores with HT, and we still don't know if software in general (or at least some major applications and games that you will potentially want to use) will benefit from more than that by next year.

Also, although not confirmed, socket 1150 should allow for you to upgrade from 22nm Haswell to 14nm Broadwell. Broadwell might very well come out with more cores, like the first hexacore, but we are still 2 years away from that.

Socket 2011 on the other hand is pretty straightforward. You can buy the Core i7-3820 right now and hold on until next year when IB-e is released and upgrade the CPU, or you can wait until next year and buy a motherboard with a newer chipset together with the new CPU. Likely improvements are the same that come with the Z77 chipset, namely native USB 3.0 support and more Sata 6 ports, just like X79 is based on P67.

It is rumoured that Haswell will concentrate more on graphics performance than CPU performance, so the gains on the CPU side may not be as great as the transition from Nehalem / Westmere to SB. On the other hand, also unconfirmed, but 22nm IB-e could very well have a hexacore as its cheapest CPU, which would give you an advantage under well threaded applications.

Honestly, you can't go wrong with either, it's just a matter of when you want to build a new system. If you want to build one now, socket 2011 is your best bet, with the possible upgrade of the CPU next year, otherwise wait for next year and see what Haswell brings to the table.

Hope that helps!

Cheers!
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There are still some variables that we don't know.
For example, socket 1150 might not see more than 4 cores with HT, and we still don't know if software in general (or at least some major applications and games that you will potentially want to use) will benefit from more than that by next year.
Also, although not confirmed, socket 1150 should allow for you to upgrade from 22nm Haswell to 14nm Broadwell. Broadwell might very well come out with more cores, like the first hexacore, but we are still 2 years away from that.
Socket 2011 on the other hand is pretty straightforward. You can buy the Core i7-3820 right now and hold on until next year when IB-e is released and upgrade the CPU, or you can wait until next year and buy a motherboard with a newer chipset together with the new CPU. Likely improvements are the same that come with the Z77 chipset, namely native USB 3.0 support and more Sata 6 ports, just like X79 is based on P67.
It is rumoured that Haswell will concentrate more on graphics performance than CPU performance, so the gains on the CPU side may not be as great as the transition from Nehalem / Westmere to SB. On the other hand, also unconfirmed, but 22nm IB-e could very well have a hexacore as its cheapest CPU, which would give you an advantage under well threaded applications.
Honestly, you can't go wrong with either, it's just a matter of when you want to build a new system. If you want to build one now, socket 2011 is your best bet, with the possible upgrade of the CPU next year, otherwise wait for next year and see what Haswell brings to the table.
Hope that helps!
Cheers!
Thanks alot for all the detailed information smile.gif
It sure did help me to make up my mind. I suppose I should just hold out till the Haswell comes out and then decide whether 1150 or 2011 would be better path to follow.
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The best socket for future proofing is AMD's Socket FM2. Debut with Trinity APU and then solidified as AMD's socket for the next three years, through APU generations that will be featuring the revolutionary HSA starting with Kaveri in 2013.

 

In short..... yeah, Socket FM2 and ignore whatever else.

 

The next generation Socket FM2 Kaveri APUs will have the LGA2011 $1000 CPUs on their knees thanks to HSA.

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