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Strolling Through Lynnfield: Intel's New SuperFast SuperAffordable CPU! Part 11

Updated on September 13, 2009

As I've stated, I'm running the Core i7 920 box stock and I'm still absolutely flabbergasted by the outrageous performance. The bottom line is that you certainly don't need to spend huge wads of cash for a Socket LGA 1366 Bloomfield compatible motherboard. As I write this, newegg.com has a:

JetWay JBI-600-LF LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

for the paltry price of $159 or your choice of a

Foxconn FlamingBlade GTI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

or a

MSI X58M LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

for a measly ten dollars more. The MSI is an especially fascinating economy motherboard due to the mATX form factor and the 2-way SLI/CFX with True Blu-ray Audio. The 2-way SLI/CFX and the True Blu-ray Audio are two features that I can never forsee myself utilizing, but I guess it's nice to have them at this price point anyway!

If as a computer enthusiast you are absolutely left aghast at the prospect of owning a computer without a "major brand" motherboard, then you spend four whole extra bucks and get the

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

which will let you do pretty well anything you want that a $450 Socket LGA 1366 motherboard will do, including achieving some extremely impressive overclocking frequencies.

Therefore, what is the true advantage of the Socket LGA 1156? It was supposed to allow the prosumer enthusiast to utilize a motherboard that was significantly less expensive than its Socket LGA 1366 counterparts, but that is clearly not the case. I certainly don't expect to see Socket LGA 1156 motherboards at well below $150 street price anytime soon.

If you are the proud owner or a current Core i7 9xx series computer there is absolutely no need whatsoever to look at the Socket LGA 1156 motherboards. You're going to be fairly hard pressed to locate and purchase a significantly cheaper Socket LGA 1156 motherboard than the $150 mark or so, therefore where are the savings? It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to trash a perfectly good Socket LGA 1366 motherboard to downgrade to the Socket LGA 1156 motherboards.

After all, the same hard drives, optical drives, case, etc. can be used in almost any system. Downgrading to get an extra 9% on the SYSMark 2007 Overall scores is a fool's errand.

Again, if you're not currently a Core i7 owner, then the Core i7 870 is definitely the "sweet spot." Find a reasonable Socket LGA 1156 motherboard, load it up with all the RAM you can afford, even if you have to scrimp on burgers and movies for a month, and you will realize that it's well worth it!

If you keep your eyes out for the quickie discounts that the company specializes in, you will find that Dell has full i7 systems as low as the mid $800s. That's an amazing price for a complete Core i7 system! Right now they're still Core i7 920s. It will be interesting to see when Dell will be premiering its Core i7 870 Socket LGA 1156 PCs and at what price point.

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