The Future of 1366?

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I am planning to upgrade and I am not sure whether I should go with 1156 or 1366.

1156 is rather new and will stay for some time but what does the future hold for 1366?
Since it's also a server socket it probably won't die any time soon but will it stay within high-end consumer's range?
 

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LGA1366 - has the better high end performance due to the extra memory channel. As for the next 2-3 years LGA1366 should be a round for the foreseable future.
 

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It has a long future, first off you were correct, the Xeon W55xx processors use the 1366 platform and intels new consumer grade hexacored processors (core i9) will be released for this platform.
 

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I say 1156. We don't know which mobo platform is going to be mainstream.

And even with the new 6 core / 12 thread cpu (code name gulftown), this will likely be expensive and nobody will be able to afford it. Besides, will existing current RAM be able to support if if you've initially bought the i7 920?

The i7 860 (1156) beats the i7 920 in virtually all tests. Why pay extra for triple channel memory when it's not necessary?
 

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^Uhm...*cough* show me some links please to those tests and show me the specs of both systems. How do you know if its not the RAM, motherboard, or something else that affects the tests?...two different platforms so many other variables come to play besides just the CPU. Moreover, the 1366 socket supports 16x/16x on its PCI-E lanes and the 1156 does not, its only has 16x/8x or 4x. Plus triple channel can actually have some benefits. And don't forget the i7 860 comes clocked at 2.8Ghz and 920 is at 2.66ghz...they are two different processors. Overclock the i7 to 2.8 and see what it does or buy an i7 940 which is around 2.9ghz. Look outside the box, there are many other things at play.
 

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Good points, except most people don't overclock and have no intention too ;) Cpsts are an issue too. From what I understand, the i5 w/mobo + RAM tends to be cheaper than an i7 + mobo + ram.
 

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860 beats 920 not because of different MOBO or anything else,but because of it's enhanced turbo boost and higher stock frequency.having triple channel DDR3 DOES NOT HAVE THAT MUCH IMPACT in games or daily tasks.in comparison of 1366 and 1156 you should consider some factors:

1-1366 supports triple channel(1066) but 1156 supports dual channel (1333).so in fact it's 3198 VS 2666,(Not much of a difference,aye?)***I'm not talking about what memory you insert,I'm talking about native support,so don't argue,go and read specs.***

2-We'll have more CPUs on both platforms,but most likely more powerful and of course more Expensive ones will be on 1366.So in my opinion in terms of PLATFORM LIFE I don't see anything special about these platforms.

3-You should consider your budget you're willing to spend,the 1366 platform will cost you much more than 1156.For example you'll have to go for a more expensive Mainboard,you'll have to go for triple channel and etc...

So in my opinion if you don't have money problem,go for 1366 and a hexacore CPU,or i7 940.But if that's not the case,go for 1156 and 860.750 also is a very good CPU.
 

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You forget extra bucks for the triple channel,and so it's not 50$ difference considering a good 1156 MOBO VS a good 1366 MOBO(more than 100$ difference)...

In any case,as I said before,if 100-150$ is not a problem for you,1366 is the best option in the long run.You won't be limited in crossfire or SLI(8x-8x for 1156),you'll have Triple channel,and the support of the latest CPUs,even 8-core CPUs!!! ;)

Not considering the price difference,I'd recommend 1366!!!
 

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Any suggestions on a mobo then? It appears that Asus only has one 1366 mobo that does SATA 6 gbs: P6X58D Premium

And is matching ram a problem with triple channel?