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[X-bit Labs] Intel’s Haswell Could Be Last Interchangeable Desktop Microprocessors - Report  

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As personal computers become smaller, their flexibility is decreasing. According to a media report starting from code-named Broadwell generation of processors, Intel Corp. will only offer mainstream desktop chips in BGA packaging, which will eliminate upgrade options as well as increase risks for PC makers.

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According to Japanese PC Watch web-site, code-named Haswell microprocessors may be the last desktop chips in LGA packaging, which enabled easy switch of CPUs on mainboards. Starting from Broadwell chips, which are due in 2014, all mainstream desktop processors will be available in BGA packaging, which means that they will have to be soldered to mainboards, something that can be done in relatively sophisticated manufacturing facilities.

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Due to the market trends towards low-power microprocessors, Intel will offer various Broadwell multi-chip modules – which will contain Broadwell CPUs with integrated memory controller, graphics core, etc. and Wildcat Point input/output controllers – with various thermal design power envelopes, e.g., 10W, 15W and 47W/57W, according to the report.

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Disappointing if true.
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Bring it on.
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You're avatar goes perfect with the news post. On topic, that would really suck tho, i hope they don't do that! mad.gif
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Not really worried. I'm sure someone will come up with a solution that has been in use for over a decade now ...
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Using our exclusive, field-proven solder ball terminal design, SMT Adapters from Advanced provide a reliable solution for mounting or socketing LGA or re-worked BGA devices. Use in connection with our BGA Sockets for LGA to BGA conversion or board to board connector applications.


Besides, as the article said ...
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While mainstream chips will reportedly be only supplied in BGA form-factors soldered to mainboards, which eliminates upgrade possibility, it is likely that high-end desktop (HEDT) platforms will still be supplied in LGA packaging. What remains to be seen is how expensive will such chips be. For example, at present the most affordable LGA2011 HEDT chip costs $294, whereas the most expensive performance-mainstream LGA1155 processor costs $332. In case upgradeable platforms remain on the HEDT’s price levels of today, that will essentially mean the end of upgrades of the mainstream PCs.

So basically, it will cost you $38 more to have a "High-End Desktop" than a "mainstream PC".

Not really worried. When I upgrade, it's for 4-6 years at a time. That translates to about a penny a day.
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 11/22/12 at 10:44am
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What's going to happen with all the Intel motherboard manufacturers?
    
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What's going to happen with all the Intel motherboard manufacturers?

They will, pardon the pun, adapt.



Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 11/22/12 at 10:48am
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So if now motherboards will come with CPUs pre installed?

So now will lead to the amount of choices in motherboards will drop a WHOLE lot. Alot of manufactures of mothers will drop out of the market then.
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What's going to happen with all the Intel motherboard manufacturers?

well.. if ALL cpus except the high end ones are going to get this treatment all manufacturers have 2 options: either sell this "all in one" mobos/cpu or whatever in a crap load of "flavors" OR just wait and get shafted by INTEL in any way the decide to do it

regardless this doesnt look pretty at all; i expect higher prices from Intel in the future thumb.gif
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