Monday, August 10th 2009

Intel Attempts to Demystify Processor Sockets on Boxes

After implementing the new processor logo design scheme that consists of a rounded-rectangle that convey's which brand, brand-expander, and micro-architecture (using a portion of the die-shot) the processor belongs to, Intel has also come up with a new box-art that carries out the same purpose. Fresh stocks of Intel processors across all its brands have new box designs and case-badges.

The strategy for Intel's Core brand the company detailed in June sparked of strong reactions from the community, many believing that the inclusion of some socket LGA-1156 and mobile processors in the Core i7 series will only end up confusing buyers as it also affects decision making on the rest of the platform and its upgrade path. Intel for now seems to have come up with a solution. Boxes of Core series processors will have a badge on the lower right corner that tells exactly which socket the processor works on, and which model the processor is. Its implementation can be seen on the recently pictured boxes of Core i5 750, and the new box of Core i7 920, pictured by AKIBA PC Hotline.
Sources: AKIBA PC Hotline, TechConnect Magazine
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8 Comments on Intel Attempts to Demystify Processor Sockets on Boxes

#1
Wile E
Power User
I still say the best solution is to name by socket. i7 is 1366, i5 is 1156, etc., etc.
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#2
Mussels
Moderprator
we had previous pictures of this not long ago in TPU news, where it showed the socket being stated in the corner.
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#3
lemonadesoda
A welcome improvement by Intel. But TBH the people that caused the initial ill-thought out marketing/branding plan in the first place should be fired. 6 digit salaries and total incompetence. Fire the lot o'em.
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#4
AltecV1
atleast they are trying:)
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#5
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Wile E
I still say the best solution is to name by socket. i7 is 1366, i5 is 1156, etc., etc.
I still say the best solution is to just have one damn socket...
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#6
FilipM
Now if reality was like that aswell, it would be rather nice
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#7
Wile E
Power User
newtekie1
I still say the best solution is to just have one damn socket...
Well, fair enough. lol. But since we don't get that luxury, at least stick with the socket getting it's own i#.
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#8
aj28
Nice of them to add this, what with the iPlatform on its way to getting all mixed up in the months to come, but honestly not many consumers see the box till after they buy the CPU. Can't say I've ever been to a store that had these things just sitting out on shelves...

Still though, an improvement is an improvement, and comprehension never hurt anyone.
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