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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Nov 27, 2012, 12:43
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Nov 27, 2012, 12:43
 Slick
 
as usual, the knee-jerk bluesnews reactionary brigade is out in force today...

can i assume that NONE of you posting here are microprocessor engineers? no? probably not.

we know NOTHING about how this will impact the end user, all we know is "BOOOOOO HISSSSS"

take a step back, relax, remember to breathe.

for all we know this could bring system build prices down, maybe a cpu and mobo will now be the price of just a cpu by today's price reference. maybe there is a serious thermal or electrical advantage to one unit being soldered to another. and the most obvious possible enhancement is that this cuts down on MILLIONS of potential PC combinations when trying to code for a game. the enemy of the PC is the API as any educated PC gamer knows. the fact that the xbox performs 10x better for it's specs than a modern PC should be a HUGE wake up call. there is a big advantage to coders who have a more unified pipeline to code for. Or else you have a million possible PC configs, and you scratch your head as to why a $2000 direct x based PC struggles to push out 80 FPS in starcraft 2.

is no one else sick of this? i'm EMBARESSED that 7 year old console hardware is able to play the same games that my built-this-year 3770k w/ 7970 can. maybe i get a better framerate, and higher resolution, but they're the same goddamned games. PC gamers seem fine paying $2k for that a $200 can do. but i think it's bullshit, and we deserve better.

i for one am ALL for more unified builds of PCs, it's the only thing that will save the PC industry imo. but one thing i can tell you for sure is that no one has any idea how this decision will actually impact ANYTHING, and if they tell you they do know, i've got a bridge to sell ya

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