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bk T
22-07-2010, 10:34 PM
Which is the trend at the moment. socket 1156 or 1366?

I'm asking this because am looking to build a new system within the next couple of weeks when the $ is ready.

qazwsxokmijn
22-07-2010, 10:49 PM
1156 is more mainstream, and is lower end although if you get an i5 750 and higher you won't notice much difference compared to a 1366 platform.

1366 is the enthusiast platform. Two full x16 PCIe lanes for full speed SLI/Crossfire whereas 1156 only supports two x8 PCIe lanes for SLI/Crossfire.

I would stick to a 1156 if you're not an enthusiast and don't care much about the high end stuff the average Jo doesn't use or understand or care enough to use. :p

8ftmetalhaed
23-07-2010, 08:34 AM
If you have the money for triple channel ram and an i7 processor, then go for a 1366. 1156 does dual channel ddr3, and as above, pci e differences aswell.
I'm using an i5 750 and it performs very nicely, even at stock, and you can get slightly slower i7's for this platform too, but you don't get quite as many bells and whistles as you'll find on the 1366 platform.
So budget performance = 1156, pricey(er) but worth it performance = 1366.

pctek
23-07-2010, 08:52 AM
I went with 1156. Couldn't see the justification for i7 really.
Spent it on the GPU instead.

Battleneter2
23-07-2010, 09:14 AM
Adding to above the 1366 has a longer theoretical life on the Intel road-map getting hex CPU's although grossly over priced atm.

Really depends on the usage. I for example sometimes run 2-4 VM's in a virtual network for testing. The 1366 tripple channel ram does have a impact here. The 1366 is also a slightly better overclocking platform. 1156 is slightly more power efficient

My advice is if money is tight go 1156, if you can spare a few more hundred without starving the family grab 1366.

pctek
23-07-2010, 10:27 AM
Adding to above the 1366 has a longer theoretical life on the Intel road-map

Ah so. They all become obsolete. I'll buy whatever comes next.

Battleneter2
23-07-2010, 11:22 AM
Ah so. They all become obsolete. I'll buy whatever comes next.

Well if 1366 becomes the mainstream as predicted you'll buy a 1366 next lol

But who really knows, its just a "additional point" pctek not a sole reason to buy.

pctek
23-07-2010, 02:17 PM
Well if 1366 becomes the mainstream as predicted you'll buy a 1366 next lol
.

Maybe, or maybe I'll wait for the next generations......Core iXX or whatever.

Battleneter2
23-07-2010, 02:28 PM
Maybe, or maybe I'll wait for the next generations......Core iXX or whatever.

As long as your secure in your purchase I cant see a problem :thumbs:

wratterus
23-07-2010, 02:39 PM
If you're not going to run more than one graphics card, IMO 1156 is the way to go. Simply better value for money, why spend extra on features you're not going to use?

But.. if you think you might whack another graphics card in or for some odd reason 6 core CPUs or triple channel RAM turn you on, go with 1366. :2cents:

bk T
23-07-2010, 03:38 PM
Thanks for your views and comments.

I'm now looking at these 2 processors:



Intel Core i7 870 2.93 GHz Processor Socket 1156 (8MB L3 Cache)
Intel Core i7 930 2.80 GHz Processor Socket 1366 (8MB L3 Cache)


They are selling at about the same price - apparently, the 870 seems to be marginally faster than the 930 from their clock speed.

From the above, 1336 is only marginally more pricey than 1136. I would therefore think that 1336 is a better choice.

Gobe1
23-07-2010, 03:39 PM
But the motherboard price differnce will astound you

Battleneter2
23-07-2010, 04:40 PM
"Depending" on what your comparing, comparable boards are usually under 200 bucks more expensive on the 1366. So as always its a personable preference if that added costs is worth it or not.

wratterus
23-07-2010, 05:13 PM
But the motherboard price differnce will astound you

x2, that's where the big price difference is, as well as triple channel RAM.

bk T
23-07-2010, 05:58 PM
x2, that's where the big price difference is, as well as triple channel RAM.

MB prices differences

Triple channel RAM : 3 x 2 GB = 6 GB
Dual channel RAM : 4 x 2 GB = 8 GB

Differences not really that great. Decision is hard to make, though.

hueybot3000
23-07-2010, 10:41 PM
Personally Id go with 1156 (I did), as long as you go with an i7 CPU and not i5 you'l keep up (and sometimes out perform) a 1366 CPU.

Worrying about the advantages of more than one graphics card, or tripple channel seems a little pointless as even my 5850 Graphics card runs everything max without stressing. And its a reasonable priced card.

I think if I was going to build again (I built mine pretty much as soon as the hardware was available) I would build it the same, didnt cost much compared to what I would have spent on a 920 or 930 based system and keeps up with them. Plus gives you more money for graphics or ram etc

My 2 cents

qazwsxokmijn
23-07-2010, 10:55 PM
If you're not an enthusiast, as I said before, just keep to an i5/i7 1156 platform.

An i7 1366 platofrm are only for enthusiasts/fools loose with money, i.e. me. :p

Deimos
24-07-2010, 02:40 AM
Most important point is 1366 gives you substantially more memory bandwidth but you can make use of it without overclocking.