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Old September 20, 2009, 09:31 PM
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Old September 21, 2009, 08:29 AM
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What about something like this: INTEL Core i7 940 2.93GHz 8MB LGA1366? where does the 940 fit into the scale of things? Intel is being confusing here. I will not upgrade for a couple more months until I do the research - where is the 'sweet spot" between insane money and insane performance? I don't think the 920 is it - the 920 specs don't seem that high.....what are you guys getting?
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Old September 21, 2009, 08:59 PM
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so will LGA1366 be supported for gaming in the future or be abandoned minus server cpu's.
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Old September 21, 2009, 10:49 PM
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so will LGA1366 be supported for gaming in the future or be abandoned minus server cpu's.
CPUs are general-purpose processors and will work for any application so long as their instruction set is compatible with the task. So yes, LGA1366 CPUs and all other x86 chips will continue to function fine for gaming purposes.
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Old September 22, 2009, 06:02 PM
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ya but the nay sayers and saying LGA1366 will be only for server cpu's, you know those $1,000+ cpus? If that is true about LGA1366's future, i7 920 owners are SoL.
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First of all, server CPUs can still be used for gaming. And LGA1366 will be around as a high-end consumer platform at least until Sandy Bridge, and will definitely be around until Intel replaces it with something better. I haven't heard of anyone speculating that Intel will be killing off LGA1366 in the consumer space, and that would simply be crazy talk.
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The other naysayers are saying that the current 1156 owners will be SOL down the line too. At the very least, we know there are future planned 1366 CPU's, and there's been absolutely no suggestion of the next round of 1366 CPU's needing newer electronics to support them (like with the 45nm Core 2 units, for example), which strongly suggests that a BIOS flash will allow current motherboards to support them... no guarantees, but the upgrade path is definitely looking more promising for 1366 over 1156. As for rumours that Intel's phasing out the 920's, they've been going for quite some time now. Considering that the vast majority of 1366 procs have been 920's, purely for budgetary reasons, Intel would seriously piss off both customers and OEM's providing X58 chipsets, if they suddenly canned 920 and didn't offer something equivalent. So I can't see it happening, personally.

That said, in day-to-day RL performance, i7's advantages are honestly pretty slim unless you really think you can max out the 1156's 16 PCI-E lanes (harder than it sounds), or you're doing something that could honestly benefit from triple-channel memory over two. The vast majority of everything else can be had with the right 1156 combo, and it can almost be argued that the p55 boards are better in some respects, simply because they're newer and OEM's have learned a few things from their X58 efforts.
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"First of all, server CPUs can still be used for gaming"

But they'll cost you an arm, a leg, your first born son, and the blood of 7 virgin maidens to just get one 2GHz server cpu.

And when will there be Hydra Engine benchmarks?
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For the record, Gulftown has been confirmed 100% to work in current LGA1366 motherboards with a BIOS flash needed at most. It will be a drop-in upgrade. Same thing with the upcoming i3 and i5 CPUs and LGA1156. The only thing that is up in the air is what will happen once Sandy Bridge comes around, but I suspect that both sockets will still be kept for that architecture.
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"First of all, server CPUs can still be used for gaming"

But they'll cost you an arm, a leg, your first born son, and the blood of 7 virgin maidens to just get one 2GHz server cpu.

And when will there be Hydra Engine benchmarks?
Unless your arm, leg and your first born son are worth 20$ (in which case I'd be willing to buy them), server CPUs aren't priced that far away.
The W3520 (2.66GHz, HT, Nelahem) is 340$ which isn't too far from the cheapest consumer LGA1366 the i7 920. The W3540 (2.93GHz, HT, Nelahem) is in a completely different cost category at 660$, which is much like the 950 is to the 920
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