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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InBlack wrote on Nov 28, 2012, 04:20:
Actually Slick does make a lot of valid points.

Except for the where he says that Intel isnt doint this out of greed....

Erm. I got news for you Slick. Corporations exist only to make profit, and more profit == better.

If you believe otherwise you are deluding yourself.

what company wants to piss off their customers? i just don't see the long-term gain here. obviously companies exist to make money, they have no moral obligation, they're entirely pragmatic. If they alienated me as a customer, i'd shop elsewhere, bottom line.

i love this idea that a company as large as Intel can basically do no good. their products have enhanced all of our lives over the years, so why the hate? greed? no.

a greedy company wouldn't have launched a massive recall in 2010 for a small percentage of chips who's SATA controllers would possibly decay over time. A greedy company wouldn't eat a $500 million loss because they wanted to keep their customers happy.

no. a greedy company WOULD have kept the money, and assume that the chips break then customers only have to buy another one. that's greed.

Greed is Sony and their $100 32GB proprietary memory cards for the PSVita, when i can buy a 2TB HDD for $69.99. That is greed. and look how it's working out for Sony? last i checked the 3DS outsold the Vita in Japan by 47 to 1.

Judge companies on their track record, and their actions. and if they fuck up, hold their feet to the fire. but don't just assume that all large businesses are greedy, and all of their decisions focused on short term gain at the expense of pissing off their customers. that would just be bad business.
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