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Intel will stop making desktop PC motherboards

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    Intel will stop making desktop PC motherboards


    I found this to be rather startling in a way. The sounds of changing times.

    Intel will stop making desktop PC motherboards after the next generation of its chip technology arrives, the company has announced. The fourth-generation Core processors, codenamed "Haswell," will be the last line of chips for which Intel will build desktop motherboards, and it will fully wind down the business over the next three years.
    To clarify, Intel is halting the manufacturing of motherboards ó the component of a PC that holds the CPU, RAM and connectivity elements ó not desktop processors themselves. Various manufacturers ó such as Asus and Gigabyte ó will continue to make desktop motherboards, AnandTech reports, and enthusiasts who build their own PCs already have many third-party suppliers to choose from.
    http://mashable.com/2013/01/23/intel...-motherboards/

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    I saw that this AM and it made me sad. I love Intel motherboards, but I understand that it's the hobbyists, enthusiasts and gamers who build their own systems and they want to overclock and Intel boards don't provide overclocking capabilities... Not ALL want to overclock, but the home user market is too small for Intel...
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    I read another article and Intel boards appear to be very low sellers:

    Snyder declined to say why Intel chose to shutter the division but one can guess it wasnít a huge money maker for the multi-billion company. While bad from a PR standpoint, the decision to exit from consumer boards isnít likely to be felt too far and wide either. In fact, Maximum PC had a difficult time even nailing down exactly how many boards Intel currently sells to consumers. Asus currently is the leader with Gigabyte, Asrock, and then MSI falling into place. Asus and Gigabyte combined account for roughly 70 percent of all motherboards sold worldwide, according to Taiwan-based news site, DigiTimes.com. With these numbers, itís no surprise that most enthusiasts didnít even know Intel made motherboards.
    Intel to Quit Making Motherboards | Maximum PC
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    Meh. Third parties are there to offer more for less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Meh. Third parties are there to offer more for less.
    Yes, it's called business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Meh. Third parties are there to offer more for less.
    Yes, it's called business.
    Exactly, so meh.
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    It saddens me as well. On some desktops at work, I overclock and when I do I usually pick an Asus board. For other things, like whitebox vmware ESXi boxes, I want stability more than anything else and best likelyhood of driver availability...for these purchases I have always gone with an Intel board.
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    Reliability of intel motherboards is more legend of the past than true thing.. i have seen Intel motherboards that have failed, and considering that they are fairly rare failure rate is quite high.. even nowadays same price segment intel board dont use solid caps when you can get gigabyte, msi etc. board with more advanced technology jap solid caps etc.
    I never had driver problems with MSI, Asus, gigabyte, asrock or other motherboards.. you can get chip set drivers from intel and it works on non intel mb without any problem.. and when it comes to driver quality intel is not so great.. intel GMA and its open GL support is good example..
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    My luck with mobos has always been good, only failure was ide controllers on an old gigabyte board.
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    I didn't even know they made motherboards and I've been upgrading my pc for 15 years! Maybe they weren't that good?
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