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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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69. Re: Intel Killing Off Desktop/Enthusiast PCs? Nov 27, 2012, 16:43 jdreyer
 
wtf_man wrote on Nov 27, 2012, 15:46:
I kind of see both sides to this.

I'm still running an LGA-775 Core 2 Duo.
Yes, I upgraded the CPU from an E6600 to an E8600.
It's still plenty fast, although there are a couple of games that could use another core.

So, for the next rig... I'm not sure I'd need a motherboard that let's me change the CPU, since any modern / decent quad core CPU should be plenty for the lifespan of the motherboard in question for gaming.

At the same time... I'd also like to have the choice of not having to upgrade both the motherboard and CPU at once.

Building gaming rigs aren't like they used to be. There's no real quantum leap in performance anymore, and going top-end parts / overclocking / multiple-gpu doesn't yeild enough performance advantage to be worth the money, IMO. I mean an i5 2500k or 3570k plus a $250 - $300 video card has been more than enough for 1080p in most games for years. (Thanks to consoles holding back the game development). Now Mobile gaming will probably keep it held back even longer.

Although I hate the idea that the CPU would be welded to the MB, it's true what you say about quantum leap in perf. This summer I went from an E6600/GTX460 to a core i5 / GTX 670 and noticed very little improvement in both speed and fidelity in the vast majority of games. You really only notice a difference in extremely high end games like BF3 and Rage, and it's pretty subtle at that.
 
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