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Does anyone know if there is any technical reason why intel has made so many new CPU sockets since LGA775? Is there a reason why the I series wouldnt have worked on 775 and why they needed two sockets for the i series? And now sandy bridge has another new socket (1155) that will supposidly be replaced by socket 1156. Is there a reason for this is is intel just trying to make it harder for us to upgrade without buy a new mobo?

Edit: Or is it that 1156 will be replaced by 2011 soon? Too many sockets.
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Does anyone know if there is any technical reason why intel has made so many new CPU sockets since LGA775? Is there a reason why the I series wouldnt have worked on 775 and why they needed two sockets for the i series? And now sandy bridge has another new socket (1155) that will supposidly be replaced by socket 1156. Is there a reason for this is is intel just trying to make it harder for us to upgrade without buy a new mobo?
I thought Sandy Bridge (1155) was replacing the socket 1156.

I like to think they do this for more money but I could be wrong.
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I thought Sandy Bridge (1155) was replacing the socket 1156.

I like to think they do this for more money but I could be wrong.
Oh well you may be right. There are so many sockets I might not have them all down. In anycase, is there a reason or do they just do it to make it harder/more expensive for us to upgrade?
    
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It does keep Mobo manufactures coming out with really nice boards, but its probably a money grab.
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Well then I dont feel bad for switching to AMD on all my recent builds.
    
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The move from LGA-1156 -> LGA-1155, I seem to recall reading somewhere that Intel would have remained on LGA-1156 if possible but since they moved too many things from mobo to CPU, they had to go with a new socket. Frankly, if Intel couldn't have made Sandy Bridge CPU's compatible with older motherboards, what's the point of retaining the old socket? If they made Sandy Bridge LGA-1156, you can bet there'd be a ton of people who don't know any better who'll be pairing them with older chipsets on LGA-1156.
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As frustrating as having so many sockets is, the truth is it hasn't really changed anything. If you have one of the original LGA775 boards from years ago, it only worked with Pentium 4's and Pentium D's but not necessarily the Core 2 and it definitely wouldn't work with a newer Wolfdale/Yorkfield Core 2's. For example, my 680i board won't work with any Yorkfield Core 2 Quad chips. If I wanted a Yorkfield I'd need a new motherboard anyway, so what does it matter if it's the same socket or a different one? So you could quite easily purchase a CPU that would physically fit on your socket but wouldn't work.

It looks like Intel's going for a design where if the CPU fits, it will work, which at first glance leaves you with a maddening array of sockets and chipsets but actually makes sense since you can very easily distinguish which chips will work and which won't. Except for some Mini-ITX boards that have power limitations, right now if both the chip and the board are LGA 1156 then it's guaranteed that it will work. Same with LGA 1155. If they'd kept the same socket, then you would be buying Sandy Bridge CPU's that may or may not work on your board depending on manufacturer, BIOS revision, chipset revision, etc, leaving you with the headache of determining compatibility before making the purchase.
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One thing that I'll always dislike Intel for. AMD has AM1, AM2(+), and AM3. Guess which one is best, and guess which one came out first. No BS. Intel has 775, 1156, 1366, 1155, 2011, and certainly others that I can't even be arsed to think of.
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One thing that I'll always dislike Intel for. AMD has AM1, AM2(+), and AM3. Guess which one is best, and guess which one came out first. No BS. Intel has 775, 1156, 1366, 1155, 2011, and certainly others that I can't even be arsed to think of.
AMD has quite a few sockets as well you're leaving a bunch out... ( socket 754, 939, 940, 536, S1, AM2, AM2+, AM3, C32, and G34.)
But it's ok... i'll forgive you.
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AMD has quite a few sockets as well you're leaving a bunch out... ( socket 754, 939, 940, 536, S1, AM2, AM2+, AM3, C32, and G34.)
But it's ok... i'll forgive you.
But he was talking about consumer-level sockets of the last 4 years or so.
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