LGA 1156


LGA 1156

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LGA 1156
Asus P7P55-M LGA 1156.jpg
Type LGA
Chip form factors Flip-chip land grid array
Contacts 1156
FSB protocol PCIe 16× (video) + 4× (DMI) + 2 DP (FDI), 2 DDR3 channels
Processor dimensions 37.5 × 37.5 mm[1]
Processors Nehalem
Predecessor LGA 775
Successor LGA 1155
Memory support DDR3

This article is part of the CPU socket series

LGA 1156, also known as Socket H[2][3] or H1, is an Intel desktop CPU socket. LGA stands for land grid array. Its incompatible successor is LGA 1155.

The last processors supporting it ceased production in 2011.

LGA 1156, along with LGA 1366, were designed to replace LGA 775. Whereas LGA 775 processors connect to a northbridge using the Front Side Bus, LGA 1156 processors integrate the features traditionally located on a northbridge within the processor itself. The LGA 1156 socket allows the following connections to be made from the processor to the rest of the system:

  • PCI-Express 2.0 ×16 for communication with a graphics card. Some processors allow this connection to be divided into two ×8 lanes to connect two graphics cards. Some motherboard manufacturers use Nvidia’s NF200 chip to allow even more graphics cards to be used.
  • DMI for communication with the Platform Controller Hub (PCH). This consists of a PCI-Express 2.0 ×4 connection.
  • FDI for communication with the PCH. This consists of two DisplayPort connections.
  • Two memory channels for communication with DDR3 SDRAM. The clock speed of the memory that is supported will depend on the processor.

The LGA 1156 and LGA 1366 sockets and processors were discontinued sometime in 2012,[4] having been superseded by the LGA 1155 and LGA 2011 respectively.


For LGA 1156 the 4 holes for fastening the heatsink to the motherboard are placed in a square with a lateral length of 75 mm. This configuration was retained for the later, LGA 1155, LGA 1150, and LGA 1151 sockets meaning that cooling solutions should generally be interchangeable.

Supported processors[edit]

µArch Code name Brand name Model (list) Frequency Cores/threads Max. memory speed
(45 nm)
Lynnfield Core i5 i5-7xx 2.66–2.8 GHz 4/4 DDR3-1333
Core i7 i7-8xx 2.8–3.07 GHz 4/8
Xeon L34xx 1.86 GHz 4/4 or 4/8
X34xx 2.4–3.07 GHz
(32 nm)
Clarkdale Celeron G1xxx 2.26 GHz 2/2 DDR3-1066
Pentium G6xxx 2.80 GHz 2/2
Core i3 i3-5xx 2.93–3.33 GHz 2/4 DDR3-1333
Core i5 i5-6xx 3.2–3.6 GHz 2/4
Xeon L34xx 2.0–2.27 GHz 2/4 DDR3-1066

All LGA 1156 processors and motherboards made to date are interoperable, making it possible to switch between a Celeron, Pentium, Core i3 or Core i5 with integrated graphics and a Core i5 or Core i7 without graphics. However, using a chip with integrated graphics on a P55 motherboard will (in addition to likely requiring a BIOS update) not allow use of the on-board graphics processor, and likewise, using a chip without integrated graphics on a H55, H57 or Q57 motherboard will not allow use of the motherboard’s graphics ports.[5]

Supported chipsets[edit]

The Desktop chipsets that support LGA 1156 are Intel’s H55, H57, H61, P55, and Q57. Server chipsets supporting the socket are Intel’s 3400, 3420 and 3450.

Name[6] H55 P55 H57 Q57
Overclocking Yes ?
Allows using built-in GPU with Intel Clear Video Technology Yes No Yes
Maximum USB 2.0 ports[a] 12 14
Maximum SATA 2.0/3.0 ports 6
PATA (IDE)[b] No
Main PCIe configuration 1 × PCIe 2.0 ×16
Secondary PCIe 6 × PCIe 2.0 ×1 8 × PCIe 2.0 ×1
Conventional PCI support Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RAID) ?
Smart Response Technology ?
Intel VT-dActive ManagementTrusted Execution, Anti-Theft, and vPro Technology No Yes
Release date Q1’10 Q3’09 Q1’10
Maximum TDP 4.5 W
Chipset lithography 65 nm

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