Constantly developing technologies in the market of computer parts and software led to the fact that many owners of systems with a platform that had a socket 775 began to notice that the computer began to process tasks more slowly. Naturally, IT professionals will recommend the user to buy a more powerful processor running on a new platform. That's just for its performance, you need a suitable motherboard and RAM, and that's additional costs. In this article, the reader will learn about other ways to speed up the work of a personal computer, and at the same time get acquainted with the most popular platform in the world, its features and potential.
Strange Intel technologies
At once it is worth noting that the number 775 in the socket name determines the number of contacts between the processor and the motherboard. If there is a desire, the user can independently verify this by removing the processor and counting the number of contact feet on the motherboard's socket. From the outside, everything looks great, especially after the manufacturer's statements about the complete interchangeability of the processors for socket 775.
That's only during the operation, if the user wants to install a more powerful crystal that supports the work with the corresponding platform, it turns out that the motherboard simply does not see the processor. And no firmware updates can solve the problem. With a detailed study of the problem, the buyer will get acquainted with the specification of the motherboard under the 775 socket. What processors it supports, the manufacturer describes only on the official website. IT professionals consider this approach to be a cunning method, because often the processor needs to be changed with the motherboard for the upgrade.
Differentiation of processors for socket 775
Support for all existing processors under the socket under consideration with only one motherboard is possible, but unlikely. Firstly, the universal device will have an appropriate overpriced value, and not every potential buyer will like it. Secondly, Intel's policy does not allow the use of all existing technologies on one platform. Accordingly, it is important to have information not about which processors fit the 775 socket of the motherboard, and what features are opened by technologies supported by the motherboard. Compatibility occurs at the level of generations of crystals and their performance.
- Single-core Pentium and Celeron processors with a clock speed of 2.66-3.88 Gigahertz, running on the bus 533-800 MHz.
- Multi-core platforms with low power consumption, limited to a frequency of 3.2 GHz.
- A transitional category of powerful processors with frequencies of 2.8-3.8 GHz, with two physical cores and a high bus frequency (800-1333 MHz).
- Server processors with multiple cores (Xeon and Extreme) for professional use.
The speed of data exchange in the range 533-1600 MHz is the main criterion, which is responsible for platform performance. Accordingly, any RAM that exists on the market under the DDR2 interface is supported by the system. Virtualization of physical cores using Hyper Threading technology improves platform performance (though not all processors support this). Having all the necessary instructions and supporting 64-bit systems with a crystal is the key to launching any existing application in the world.
There are, of course, and negative aspects of this platform. For example, the most powerful processor on the 775 socket has a large dissipated power. Therefore, buyers have to buy powerful cooling systems for such a platform. The disadvantages include the organization of installing the processor on the motherboard. The manufacturer has placed the contact feet on the motherboard, and they are easy to break or bend by inept user actions.
Above the Stars Only
Naturally, many potential buyers are sure that the most powerful processor on the 775 socket is the Intel Core Quad, which has 4 physical cores. If we consider the criterion of "price-quality", then yes. But tests conducted in laboratories show that server processors are better able to handle mathematical calculations. Accordingly, in games their performance will be better than that of representatives of the Quad line. But this does not mean that a cheap 4-nuclear copy can be written off.
The top segment of the crystals, designed specifically for socket 775, is able to surpass the performance of all representatives of the budget niche processors, created later for the platform of the socket 1156 (we are talking about Core i3).
Marketing games manufacturers
Advertising in the media assures all users that constantly updated software requires high performance of a personal computer. And this applies to both programs and games. At the moment, such applications are aimed at all platform owners, based on socket 775. What processors are suitable for software, as practice shows, it is not the Intel company that decides, but the software developers. Their interest is that a new product is purchased by a large number of users (regular business). Accordingly, they are guided by popular platforms, which in the world the majority.
Two physical cores, 4 gigabytes of RAM and a capacious hard drive (and a productive graphics card, when it comes to games) are the basic criteria for all the software on the market. It turns out that the owners of platforms that have a socket 775 are in a favorable position, they do not have any sense to acquire expensive equipment. At least in the next few years.
What is the buyer's gain?
The main criterion when buying computer parts is their cost. Definitely, not every buyer can afford to buy the best processor on the 775 socket. Selecting components for the system unit, many potential buyers are striving for harmony of the criteria "price-quality". At this stage, many IT professionals recommend looking at an expensive motherboard that can work with any Intel processor for this platform. A crystal to buy inexpensive.
In the future, the owner of the computer will not be difficult to buy a powerful gaming processor with several cores in the secondary market and to upgrade the system. As practice shows, such a solution will allow a user without large investments to have a fairly productive platform at hand.
The proposed new Intel 3-5 generation processors (Pentium G, Core i3 / i5) promise the future owner high performance in games and software. A lot of tests conducted by enthusiasts prove that new crystals show high performance. The comparison is made with similar platforms of the competitor AMD, but the top-end processor on the 775 socket is completely ignored. Such testing leads many users to the idea that they are trying to deceive, forcing them to purchase expensive equipment.
And since it's about upgrading, then there is an unspoken technique for changing the computer platform. Its essence lies in the fact that an effective increase in productivity is observed only after one generation. In this case, from a platform that has a socket 775 and operates with a DDR2 memory type , it is recommended to switch to a system created using DDR4 technology.
As you can see from the review, the 775 socket is a fairly productive platform, which has potential, and therefore, a near future. It is too early to write off the ten-year technology from the accounts. However, it concerns only the owners of computers with a processor for socket 775. For others, who want to purchase their first computer, it is recommended to give preference to new platforms, as the old technology with a long history loses its relevance and in the next few years will slowly surrender its positions.