Originally Posted by Fudzilla
The Ivy Bridge 22nm story gets even better. The new chip is socket LGA 1155 and it is socket compatible with the existing Sandy Bridge processors and Sugar Bay 2011 platform. Unfortunately we are quite sure that Cougar point PCH chipset of Sandy Bridge won’t support the new 22nm Ivy Bridge.
We are afraid that you will still need a new board. Even the Panther point PCH chipset is pin compatible with Cougar Point chipset of Sandy Bridge, but again this might help board manufactures to make boards faster, but end users will need to buy a new board.
The new platform officially supports USB 3.0 and its graphics can deal with DirectX 11. One additional news is that Maho Bay platform graphics now supports three independent displays, something that might come handy to a few, i.e. users in the financial business. Let's not forget the enhanced media performance as well as much better performance in both graphics and CPU area.
Sounds good, and the new platform comes roughly in a year's time, Q1 2012, most likely January 2012 if Intel doesn't hit any delays.
I know it is from fudzilla, but it really isn't something new as i posted a couple posts up.
If you can remeber back to the 775 days when different chipsets could support different cpus. With each new revision and die shrink came the need to upgrade the motherboard. One that comes from the top of my head is the 680i series only able to support 65nm quad and then the 780i revision was able to handle the 45nm, or the first 775 motherboards were only able to handle Pentium d cpus and were unable to handle the conroe c2d series.
It is unfortunate, but it seems intel never really wants to go down the path AMD did with their AM2 socket which allowed users with good powerplanes on their motherboards to just drop in upgrades from phenom -> Regor ->Athlon-> phenom 2 ->Thuban (with a bios update of course)Edited by Gnomepatrol - 2/6/11 at 1:33pm