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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Getting back on topic, this reminds me of the Slot 1 era debacles. Seemed like a good idea on the surface but it was hell for businesses and they are a far more important market than retail consumer. Most companies probably don't mind having a close relationship with Intel but I doubt would share the same enthusiasm for your average motherboard supplier. Integrators will scream bloody murder and for justifiable reasons.

Speaking for myself as a consumer, I'd like to be able to choose an unlocked CPU that isn't tied to a blingbling LED motherboard that has shroud that looks like it belongs in a metal concert. The whole "making it easier for average consumers" bit is a red herring, this sort of move is more related to Intel consolidating designs for mobile efforts. They just finished buying an ARM company as well which just cements it.
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