Intel 9-series chipsets may not be backwards compatible with Haswell

By Scorpus · 9 replies
Aug 27, 2013
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  1. Intel's current generation of 'Haswell' processors, as well as the upcoming 'Broadwell' processors, will share the same LGA1150 CPU socket. However, the upcoming 9-series chipsets designed specifically for Broadwell may not be backwards compatible with Haswell, and the current 8-series chips designed...

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  2. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 568   +241

    OK, now if that comes true I'll be very mad at Intel. I just bought my i5-4570S and was hoping to upgrade to Broadwell's i7 using the same mobo; but if they do support DDR4 I'll consider changing everything again.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    This has long been a criticism of Intel. One thing people love about AMD is being able to upgrade your processor without buying a new motherboard. Intel changes sockets with almost every processor iteration. Why go through the effort of making an old socket work when most of your processors are sold on new PCs that will rarely even be opened up? It's not like anyone shopping on knows the difference. They might be a little confused as to why they have to chose a new model to get a different processor instead of it being a customizable option, but that's about it.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  4. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 568   +241

    Yes, we know about the socket thing with Intel; but this time they are not even changing it!! Just the chipset on the same socket. I wasn't going to wait more time (I had a Conroe Core 2 Duo) for something better and AMD hasn't refreshed its processors line in a while.
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Well, SATA express and DDR4 are big leaps.
  6. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    Easy Amd cpu/motherboard upgrades only satisfies the, "This is good enough for me" crowd. The rest of us want real performance. FYI, the easy AMD upgrades are only there because their CPU architectures don't change enough to warrant a major chipset/socket change. And with AMD discrete GPU's, AMD only lowers their price when their sales and/or performance is down compared to nVIDIA. See: 5000 series.
    misor likes this.
  7. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    I haven't actually upgraded processors while using the same motherboard in years... unless you purchase a CPU that is very low end for the platform their doesn't seem to be much point.
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Not actually true of AMD's last two sockets.
    Socket FM1 ( 905 pins in 31x31 grid) supports only one generation of Llano APU's
    Socket FM2 ( 904 pins in 31x31 grid) supports Trinity/Richland APU's (and Kaveri when it launches). Not backwards compatible with Llano.
    misor likes this.
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    I think there really are few people who ever upgrade their processor, and I am never going to upgrade windows again without buying a new machine after the disaster that is windows 8.
  10. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Booster Posts: 140   +16

    Surpise surprise

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