There have been some rumours about Intel's cross platform compatibility for the LGA-1155 and VR-Zone can now confirm that the current Sandy Bridge platform will be compatible with the upcoming Ivy Bridge platform. That said, it's not guaranteed that you’ll be able to pop an Ivy Bridge processor into a P67/H67 motherboard without having to think twice about it.

There have been some rumours about Intel's cross platform compatibility for the LGA-1155 and VR-Zone can now confirm that the current Sandy Bridge platform will be compatible with the upcoming Ivy Bridge platform. That said, it's not guaranteed that you'll be able to pop an Ivy Bridge processor into a P67/H67 motherboard without having to think twice about it.

It's not going to be any issues putting a Sandy Bridge based processor into a Panther Point chipset motherboard, as the new platform is most definitely backwards compatible with older CPUs. However, older motherboards and newer CPUs have always been a bit of an issue, although one it seems Intel is doing its best to solve this time around. However, there is a but and this but comes down to the simple point that Intel isn't releasing its cross compatibility guidelines until sometime later this quarter.

This potentially means that current board designs won't be compatible with Ivy Bridge processors. Considering that there tends to be power related design issues between various CPU generations, current motherboards might not have been designed with Ivy Bridge in mind. Of course, this is something we don't currently know and we'll be putting the question forward to the motherboard manufacturers and see what they have to say on the matter.

The good news in all of this is that if you're happy with your motherboard for your Sandy Bridge processor, you should be able to upgrade to Ivy Bridge without incurring the cost for a new motherboard. Of course Panther Point will bring with it some additional advantages over P67/H67 such as native USB 3.0 support and of course support for three simultaneous display interfaces, but those might not be major upgrade points for everyone considering the cost of a high-end motherboard.