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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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78. Re: Intel Killing Off Desktop/Enthusiast PCs? Nov 27, 2012, 19:34 Slick
Beamer wrote on Nov 27, 2012, 17:55:
Kosumo wrote on Nov 27, 2012, 17:23:
Competition can be good, Competition can be taken to far and be bad, both happen.

To think that competition is alway good is very dangerous.

Or to think choice is always a good thing.

It can be, sure. It would be impossible to make one drink that the entire world liked, so more choice is better.

For other things it can be worse. In the 80s and into the early 90s we had plenty of choice about OS and system. Then it became just DOS. I'd argue this made life better for gamers. Yes, the OS risked stagnation, but we no longer had to worry about Amiga getting a game our PC didn't. Everything was PC. Any game you wanted to play you could.
It was a benefit from lack of choice.

Sometimes, sometimes, those tradeoffs are worthwhile.

exactly my point, things aren't always black and white the way some people would like to spin it. there are countless examples where more choice isn't a good thing, take the current behaviour by american doctors:

Instead of saying: "you have cancer, the best chance you have to get rid of it is radiation and chemo", doctors can't say that anymore, they say: "there are many options, there's natural, homeopathic, chemical, radiation, literally hundreds of different treatment options" then they ask the PATIENT which course of treatment they want. cause the customer always knows best right? call me old fashioned, but up here in Canada we listen to our experts.

it's ludicrous! the ego has reached such gargantuan proportions that it's beginning to eat itself... when patients are instructing doctors on the choices that they feel are best for them, when these choices could lead to their own death. and the doctors are scared shitless over being sued if their recommended treatment path doesn't work, so they have to convey all the options, no matter how hilariously un-scientific. it's literally better to let the patient choose a fruitless treatment regimen, then have them die, than risk going against the uneducated patients choice with you know, real medicine.

it's just like teaching creationism in science class. there's a place for that, it's called church. school is for facts, not beliefs. teachers shouldn't be forced to "offer all alternative viewpoints" just because some backwoods parents wrote some angry letters to the principal.

no, choice isn't always good, it's mostly good, but then you have instances where there are experts who know a thing or two about the subject matter making educated decisions. only a fool would override these decisions to result in less effective results in the name of "consumer choice always wins"

This comment was edited on Nov 27, 2012, 19:42.
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This thread was pretty boring till Slick got here. -Drayth
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