Originally Posted by kevindd992002
but 1366 and x58 is still widely used nowadays?
i can't quite understand the differences of the chipsets now.
1366 is the socket, basically the clamp that holds the cpu down, and 1366 is the number of pins that mach up with the pads on the bottom of the CPU so it can communicate with the ccomputer.
here are those pins.
now x58, p67, and h67 are the chipsets which is how the cpu communicates with the computer.
Each chipset provides certain features:
x58 has 36 PCIe lanes for multi-GPU configurations, and is only compatible with the LGA1366 socket (lga stands for land grid array, which simply means the pins are actually flat gold pads arranged in a gridded array
p67 enables processor overclocking in the sandy bridge k-series cpus (i5-2500k, i7-2600k) and is only compatible with the LGA1155 socket
h67 enables on-die processor GPU, and allows for overclocking of it, and also is only compatible with the LGA1155 socket
I would reccomend staying away from the older LGA1556 processors since sandy bridge is so much faster. This socket has chipsets such as p55 and h55.Edited by dinkledork - 3/20/11 at 11:07am