LGA 1155

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LGA 1155
Chip form factorsFlip-chip
FSB protocolPCI Express
Processor dimensions37.5 × 37.5mm
ProcessorsSandy Bridge
Ivy Bridge
PredecessorLGA 1156
SuccessorLGA 1150
Memory supportDDR3

This article is part of the CPU socket series
View of the socket LGA 1155 on an Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge 2600K model CPU
Celeron G530 "Sandy Bridge" installed on a Socket 1155

LGA 1155, also called Socket H2, is a zero insertion force flip-chip land grid array (LGA) CPU socket designed by Intel for their CPUs based on the Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen) and Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen) microarchitectures.

It is the successor of LGA 1156 (known as Socket H) and was itself succeeded by LGA 1150 in 2013. Along with selected variations of LGA 2011 socket, it was the last Intel socket to fully support Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.

LGA 1155 has 1155 protruding pins to make contact with the pads on the processor. The pins are arranged in a 40×40 array with a 24×16 central void and additional 61 omitted pins (two adjoining the central void, six in each of the four corners, and 35 in groups around the perimeter), yielding the 1600 − 384 − 61 = 1155 pin count. Processors for LGA 1155 and LGA 1156 sockets are not compatible with each other since they have different socket notches.

LGA 1155 also marked the beginning of UEFI secure boot with support in some later boards.


The 4 holes for fastening the heatsink to the motherboard are placed in a square with a lateral length of 75mm for Intel's sockets LGA 1156, LGA 1155, LGA 1150, LGA 1151 and LGA 1200. Cooling solutions should therefore be interchangeable.

Cooling systems are compatible between LGA 1155 and LGA 1156 sockets, as the processors have the same dimensions, profile and construction, and similar levels of heat production.[2]

Sandy Bridge family of chipsets[edit]

Sandy Bridge chipsets, except B65, Q65 and Q67, support both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs through a BIOS upgrade.[3] With third-party BIOSes like Coreboot, Ivy Bridge processors can be used on those chipsets as well.[4] Sandy Bridge based processors officially support up to DDR3-1333 memory, however in practice speeds up to DDR3-2133 have been tested to work successfully.[5]

The H61 chipset only supports one double-sided DIMM Memory module (RAM module) per memory-channel and therefore is limited to 16 GB instead of the 32 GB like the others support.[6] On H61-based motherboards with four DIMM slots, only four single-sided DIMMs can be installed.[7]

Name[8] H61 B65 Q65 Q67 H67[9] P67 Z68[10]
Overclocking GPU CPU + RAM CPU + GPU + RAM
Allows using built-in GPU with Intel Clear Video Technology Yes No Yes
Maximum USB 2.0 ports[a] 10 12 14
Maximum SATA ports 2.0 4
3.0 0 1 2
Main PCIe configuration 1 × PCIe 2.0 ×16

(Some H61 Motherboards Support PCIe 3.0)

  • 1 × PCIe 2.0 ×16 or
  • 2 × PCIe 2.0 ×8
Secondary PCIe 6 × PCIe 2.0 ×1 8 × PCIe 2.0 ×1
Conventional PCI support[b] No Yes No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RAID) No Yes
Smart Response Technology No Yes
Ivy Bridge processor support Yes No Yes
Intel Active Management, Trusted Execution, Anti-Theft, and vPro Technology No Yes No
Release date February 2011 May 2011 January 2011 May 2011
Maximum TDP 6.1 W
Chipset lithography 65 nm

Ivy Bridge family of chipsets[edit]

All Ivy Bridge chipsets and motherboards support both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs. Ivy Bridge based processors will officially support up to DDR3-1600, up from DDR3-1333 of Sandy Bridge. Some consumer Ivy Bridge chipsets will also allow overclocking of K-series processors.[11]

Name[12] B75 Q75 Q77 C216 H77 Z75 Z77
Overclocking CPU (Base Clock) + GPU CPU + GPU + RAM CPU + GPU + RAM
Allows using built-in GPU Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology Yes
USB ports
2.0 8 10
3.0 4
SATA ports
2.0 5 4
3.0 1 2
Main PCIe configuration[c] 1 × PCIe 3.0 ×16
  • 1 × PCIe 3.0 ×16 or
  • 2 × PCIe 3.0 ×8
  • 1 × PCIe 3.0 ×16 or
  • 2 × PCIe 3.0 ×8 or
  • 1 × PCIe 3.0 ×8 and 2 × PCIe 3.0 ×4
Secondary PCIe 8 PCIe 2.0 ×1
Conventional PCI[b] Yes No [13]
Intel Rapid Storage Technology No Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology Yes
Smart Response Technology No Yes No Yes
Intel vPro Platform Eligibility No Yes No
Release date April 2012[14] May 2012 April 2012
Maximum TDP 6.7 W
Chipset lithography 65 nm[15]


A PC Games Hardware [de] user by the name of Mephisto_xD wrote an article on that website describing how to take UEFI modules from some Z97 motherboards and use them with an Z77-motherboard to make the latter support booting from an SSD using the NVM Express protocol, instead of the AHCI protocol.[16] That article claims, the Z97 motherboards were the first to officially and fully support the NVMe protocol.

The mods described also work with P67, B75 and other Chipset motherboards.


  1. ^ USB 3.0 is not supported by any of these chipsets. Motherboard manufacturers may use external hardware to add USB 3.0 support.
  2. ^ a b Although some of the chipsets do not support conventional PCI, motherboard manufacturers may include support through the addition of third-party PCI bridges.
  3. ^ For PCIe 3.0 capability, the Ivy Bridge CPU must have the relevant PCIe 3.0 controller built in. However, some Ivy Bridge CPUs only have a PCIe 2.0 controller built in.


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  4. ^ "HP Elite 8200 SFF and 6200 Pro Business". Libreboot. Retrieved April 19, 2023.
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  12. ^ "ARK - Compare Intel Products". Intel. September 26, 2012.
  13. ^ "Intel 7 Series Chipset Family PCH: Datasheet". Intel. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
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  15. ^ "ARK | Intel Z77 Express Chipset (Intel BD82Z77 PCH)". Intel. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  16. ^ "Booten von einer NVMe-SSD mit Sandy-/Ivy-Bridge-Hardware". PC Games Hardware (in German). October 13, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2022.

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