The first batch of Nehalem platform based processors are now in retail market. Few major changes since the launch of Core 2 range CPUs back in 2006.
- Introduction Socket LGA 1366 by replacing the LGA 775, which is running since 2004 with support for wide range of processors, including Pentium 4 / Pentium D / Dual Core / Core 2 Duo / Quad / Extreme.
- Only supports DDR3.
- Support for Triple channel DDR-III (1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 FSB)
- Support for Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Though it was phased out with Core2 range however Intel has brought it back with its 45nm Core i7 CPU).
As of now, there is only one chip-set which supports the LGA 1366 Core i7 processors, that is Intel x58 Express chipset.
Which motherboard / Mainboard supports Intel Core i7 processors (i7-920 / i7-940 / i7-965) ?
What are their prices ?
Can Core 2 (Duo / Quad) be used with x58 (Core i7) motherboard ?
Please note, Intel’s present range of 65nm and 45nm Core 2 (Quad / Duo / eXtreme) CPU comes for socket 775 where as the new 45nm Core i7 processors are in LGA 1366 socket, hence you cant upgrade the present core 2 setup to Core i7 or use Core 2 CPU with x58 motherboard.
I shall try and keep the post up-to-date as more brands and model comes in. Feel free to drop in comment as if I have missed any.