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Intel 'preparing' to put an end to user-replaceable CPUs

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    Intel 'preparing' to put an end to user-replaceable CPUs


    Yesterday, a report emerged claiming that Intel is planning to release its upcoming 14-nanometer Broadwell architecture processors as a ball grid array (BGA) rather than an land grid array (LGA) package.

    This would have several widespread implications, including bringing to an end to processor (CPU) upgrades.

    Traditionally, the processors in desktop systems are fitted into a socket on the motherboard that allows them to be removed and replaced, while systems such as notebooks and tablets have the CPU soldered onto the motherboard.


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    Ugh, that didn't take long after AMD threw in the towel

    Frankly I don't care about upgradability since that was virtually never possible or practical anyway. BUT, having the socket gives you the HUGE choice of purchasing a motherboard and processor seperately to fit your exact needs/budget. If every MB manufacturer has to now ship thier product with the CPU soldered on and every store has to stock X motherboards times X processor selections, what a mess! The only possible outcome is that availability of options will be severely curtailed to reign the stocking hell back in.
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    I take this as another move away from the traditional desktop. SoC has worked well in other implementations, so why not here? I understand this move is going to anger some hobbyists, but they are a niche market - one that may find it's methodology evolving with the changes.
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    This is not good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yesterday, a report emerged claiming that Intel is planning to release its upcoming 14-nanometer Broadwell architecture processors as a ball grid array (BGA) rather than an land grid array (LGA) package.

    This would have several widespread implications, including bringing to an end to processor (CPU) upgrades.

    Traditionally, the processors in desktop systems are fitted into a socket on the motherboard that allows them to be removed and replaced, while systems such as notebooks and tablets have the CPU soldered onto the motherboard.


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    Intel 'preparing' to put an end to user-replaceable CPUs | ZDNet
    Yep, saw that. Bummer. Throws a monkey wrench in creating custom rigs. But, perhaps mobo manufacturers could offer soldered in processor/mobo combos. Doing so might reduce the pain somewhat.
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    First and foremost, at least from Intel's point of view, is that this move puts the chip giant in an even more commanding position, allowing it greater control over the motherboard market. More control means more money.

    I call this a monopoly flat out, and it goes against every anti trust law that was ever created. And with statements like this they might was well sue themselves because it's just a matter of time before someone else does.
    While it doesn't seen that Intel wants to cut existing motherboard makers out of the equation just yet, sources I have spoken to seem to be worried that this could happen in the mid-to-long-term.

    I won't get into the fact that this move offers ZERO advantage to the consumers who have supported Intel over the years.

    This is about cooperate take over of the entire PC industry, they don't like people being able to build their own machines because that removes money from their till and I'm certain this has something to do with hurting sales of OEM machines, which to me is tough luck for company's like HP who sell nothing but cheap substandard Chinese made POS. This statement proves my point:
    As far as the PC OEMs are concerned, killing off the PC upgrade market would be a good thing because it would push people to buy new PCs rather than upgrade their existing hardware. The PC industry is currently stagnant, partly because consumers and enterprise are making existing hardware last longer.

    I'm sure they hope that this move will kill the PC home building industry, what they don't realize is that it will end up hurting sales from many thousands of home PC builders and this market is bigger than some people think.
    The casualties of this move will be upgraders and PC 'modders', the huge market that exists around them. While not many people bother to upgrade their PCs, instead choosing to buy a new one, the market is large enough to support countless manufacturers and vendors. This move by Intel would be the final nail in the coffin for this industry, taking down a number of players. This, unfortunately, would have a corresponding knock-on effect on jobs.

    Of course there will still be enthusiast boards with high end CPU's already installed and other high end hardware but having Intel control all that is where the anti trust laws will be broken.
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    AMD threw in the towel, really?
    I still see a few AMDs around, I mean they're not that much slower than Intel.
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    Those producing High-End boards such as the ASUS ROG line will not be happy with Intel's new marketing scheme. Hopefully ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock and others will have some say about this.
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    And no one thinks that a two-tier market is possible?
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    I'm going to be a bit controversial here. I wonder whether this will actually lead to more people upgrading their PC's, instead of throwing their old one away and buying a new one?

    At the moment, it's quite confusing for an average person to upgrade their PC due to compatibility and jargon. They are faced with whole list's of different CPU's, RAM's, motherboards, etc. with non-descript names such as H67, Z77 , lga1155, lga1156, etc. when all they want is an i5.

    Think about it, someone goes to buy a new game, but the minimum requirements say they need an i5 processor or higher. They don't really want to be wasteful and throw away a perfectly good computer, so they look into upgrading their PC, but are faced with a barrage of techno-jargon, when all they want to do is play the latest game. They are probably not going to be too keen on ordering the components on a whim and hope they work, so either stick with their current PC or buy a new one.

    Surely this will make upgrading easier? Would it be such a problem if the motherboard and CPU come as one unit? Lets face it, if their computer is a few years old and they want an i5, they will probably have to replace their motherboard anyway. So, surely if Intel make it so that they can just remove the old motherboard/CPU and install a new one, people will be more likely to upgrade and will probably upgrade more often?
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