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Intel "Committed" to Socketed CPUs for "The Foreseeable Future"

Intel has reaffirmed is commitment to providing socketed CPUs for the enthusiast PC market for the "foreseeable future" in response to reports the company was planning on moving towards soldered CPUs (thanks Parallax Abstraction). Here's a statement Intel provided to Maximum PC:

"Intel remains committed to the growing desktop enthusiast and channel markets, and will continue to offer socketed parts in the LGA package for the foreseeable future for our customers and the Enthusiast DIY market," Intel spokesman Daniel Snyder told Maximum PC. "However, Intel cannot comment on specific long-term product roadmap plans at this time, but will disclose more details later per our normal communication process."

18. Re: Intel Dec 6, 2012, 16:32 jdreyer
In another thread someone said, "Meh, who cares if the proc is soldered on. All motherboards are the same." But it's precisely because there has been so much competition in the motherboard market for two decades that there is such high quality and robust feature set at reasonable prices. If Intel starts soldering chips to motherboards, even partially, it will reduce motherboard competition, some players will leave the market, there will consolidation b/c the pie will be smaller, etc. It means less choice for us.

I will say though, that there must have been some backlash to Intel on this for them to release this statement.
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