LGA1366 users can breathe a sigh of relief. LGA2011, the socket expected to obsolete existing LGA1366 boards, didn’t make an appearance at Intel’s IDF on Monday.
Instead, Intel concentrated on its mainstream and mobile chip, codenamed Sandy Bridge, at its developer forum in San Francisco. Expected to be released early next year, Sandy Bridge will integrate a new graphics core on the die, add AVX instructions and generally offer better compute and graphics performance over today’s Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 CPUs based on the Lynnfield and Clarkdale chips.
Intel was noticeably quiet about updates for its enthusiast LGA1366 platform, but officials did say that enthusiasts looking for the most cores possible should stick with LGA1366 and Gulftown-based chips which will continue to receive support well into 2011.
What happens after that? It’s likely an enthusiast version of Intel’s Romley will make its debut. That chip is planned to be released at the end of 2011 and is a server/workstation chip for 2 socket configurations. Intel actually demonstrated a Romley-based system doing real-time 256-bit AES encryption and decryption of three video streams simultaneously.
A reprieve for LGA1366 doesn’t mean a reprieve for LGA1156 though. Once Sandy Bridge ships early next year, LGA1156 boards will be immediately obsolete. In fact, that day may already have come. At IDF both Gigabyte and Intel were showing off LGA1156-based boards.