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Intel (INTC) says it won't make desktop PC motherboards for CPU architectures that succeed...

Intel (INTC) says it won't make desktop PC motherboards for CPU architectures that succeed Haswell, which will launch later this year. In practice, this means Intel should be out of the motherboard market by 2015. The announcement comes two months after reports that Intel will change the packaging of its desktop CPUs in a way that will kill off aftermarket CPU upgrades and give the company more control over the motherboard market.
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  • Ashraf Eassa
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    Not a problem. Enthusiasts very rarely use Intel boards anyway. I use ASUS or ASRock for builds I do for myself and others.
    23 Jan 2013, 10:42 AM Reply Like
  • newbie06
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    Ashraf,

     

    I agree with you (I personally use ASUS).

     

    The issue here is that this news comes after the rumors of Intel progressively abandoning sockets. I am starting to wonder if Intel isn't starting to get out of the desktop market, leaving enthusiasts with outrageously priced Xeon and 2011 socket (that is basically forcing us to use server pieces). I hope I'm completely wrong.
    23 Jan 2013, 11:08 AM Reply Like
  • pearls before swine
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    I agree. Also, there isn't much money lost to CPU plug-in upgrades. By the time it is possible, other technologies have usually moved to the point that you want a new board, anyway. Just a few examples--SATA speed upgrade to 6 Gb, memory controller speed upgrades, introduction of USB 3.0. So, if Intel can make board manufacture cost less, why shouldn't it? I think both users and vendors benefit.
    23 Jan 2013, 11:34 AM Reply Like
  • IgnisFatuus
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    ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Mobo in my current computer built last month.
    Disc: Long INTC
    23 Jan 2013, 12:43 PM Reply Like
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