Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:22
In what reads like a bad April fools joke Semiaccurate relays reports that Intel's upcoming Broadwell CPU will not be socketed. Instead like the failure of current gen consoles it wil be a BGA soldered directly to the board. Get ready for the Blue Light of Death when those decide to lose connection with the board.
Will Intel cut out the mobo makers entirely and just do everything themselves? Grabbing more of the pie seems to be their forte of late, but cutting out everyone but the physical assembly guys seems to be a bit of a stretch in the short term. SemiAccurate suspects that this decision has not been made, but expect Intel to gut the mobo makers influence one way or the other, they are currently seen by Santa Clara as having too much power. This is not going to be pretty no matter how it ends up.
There is only one solution to this, a healthy AMD. Do you want your PC to become a complete throwaway item? Do you want to have to upgrade your motherboard to upgrade your CPU? That is what Intel wants. Intel wants you to have a piece of crap Xbox or Playstation. And you are going to like it too.