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Intel Killing Off Desktop/Enthusiast PCs?

A post on SemiAccurate breaks down some information from PC Watch (translation) suggesting that Intel's upcoming Broadwell CPUs will be soldered to the motherboard, rather than socketed, a detail they have now confirmed with a pair of OEMs. They offer the distressed opinion that this will be a death knell to the desktop PC and the enthusiast market, and though they add that they've received information indicating there's a "good chance" that the Sky Lake processors that will follow Broadwell will be socketed for one or two generations to follow, they conclude: "By then the last remaining overclockers and experimenters on the PC front will be gone, and for good technical reasons." Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

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12. Re: Intel Killing Off Desktop/Enthusiast PCs? Nov 27, 2012, 11:32 Verno
 
dj LiTh wrote on Nov 27, 2012, 11:12:
If true this is indeed very sad and a big mistake. If you have a bad motherboard, you have to replace the motherboard and cpu, like wise if the cpu dies you have to replace the motherboard. Something like this should only be done for mini-ATX HTPC type of systems. Also what about the server class mobo's and cpu's? If anything thats where enthusiast will goto.

Exactly. It hurts upgrade paths too. I really don't like the idea, it removes too much choice and you gain very little.
 
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