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Old April 23, 2010, 01:43 PM
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AM2/AM3 has been with us for quite some time though so we can hope that the next platform they put out will have a similar upgrade path / longevity.
If they stick with the same architecture for 4 years like they did this time around, then it probably will.
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Old April 23, 2010, 01:45 PM
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I think S939 and S775 spoiled the enthusiast crowd WRT longevity of the platform.
775 was a long lifespan SOCKET, but it was NOT a long lifespan PLATFORM.

The electrical requirements changed several times over the course of LGA775's existence. This is off the top of my head:

First LGA775 boards: Pentium 4 only
2nd LGA775 boards: added pentium D support
3rd LGA775 boards: added Conroe support
4th LGA775 boards: added wolfdate/yorkfield support

I'm probably missing a couple of FSB bumps and/or other random junk that would have required you to get a new board.

Just because you have an LGA775 board and CPU does NOT mean it will work.
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technically, this is for the lower end SB quad's. If you wait to switch your i7 quads into i9 hexes, like you will if you're an enthusiast, then you'd be expecting to switch sockets anyway. I mean, who wouldn't want to get a new motherboard that has pcie3.0, sata3 and possibly usb3.0? This is in a year+ from now, not like it's the end of the world if you're building an i7 right now. You might even decide to leapfrog sandy bridge completely and wait out the next iteration in 2012. That's my plan anyway ;)
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775 was a long lifespan SOCKET, but it was NOT a long lifespan PLATFORM.

The electrical requirements changed several times over the course of LGA775's existence. This is off the top of my head:

First LGA775 boards: Pentium 4 only
2nd LGA775 boards: added pentium D support
3rd LGA775 boards: added Conroe support
4th LGA775 boards: added wolfdate/yorkfield support

I'm probably missing a couple of FSB bumps and/or other random junk that would have required you to get a new board.

Just because you have an LGA775 board and CPU does NOT mean it will work.
Agreed, but overall from the second group on, I believe the great majority of chipsets have (for the most part) been bios upgradable to at least the next set of procs (i.e. P965 upgrades on many boards allowing for quads). That gave the individual 775 boards a 3 - 4 yr useful lifespan for enthusiasts.
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