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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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101. Re: Intel Killing Off Desktop/Enthusiast PCs? Nov 29, 2012, 16:06 Verno
 
Dades wrote on Nov 28, 2012, 22:41:
Look at LGA 775, you could start out with a launch Core 2 Duo E6400 and end up with a Q9500 or better years later. That's not possible with BGA. I have even swapped motherboards in the same generation when I wanted some specific features or had tech issues.

You still needed to mobo swap a lot of that era due to die shrinks and compatibility issues though. BGA signalling isn't even a large improvement so I'm not sure its the answer either but oh well.

Personally I think Intel should wise up and ditch the upcoming mobile market entirely at a retail and OEM level. There are going to be more players, ARM is well poised and the profits are nowhere near what they are used to. Intel should just become a foundry business, no one else has their facilities but there are a ton of companies who want them without the astronomical capital asset requirements.

This author makes a pretty convincing argument that's similar, splitting the business up into three distinct units and essentially shepherding the mobile industry instead of trying to directly compete.
 
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