As I said before. Enthusiast platform will keep sockets and everyone who would have bought an LGA1155 CPU will get soldered on CPU. Do you think Intel wants to get rid of their enthusiast market of selling bad 8 core chips as $1000 extreme editions?
The problem with what Intel is going to do isn't that it's getting rid of enthusiast PCs, it's that they're going to set the buy in to a $300 CPU minimum. There's still a lot of people in the sub $300 range that are going to get screwed over by this. Anyone with 3570k or lower is going to end up paying more to play on the E platform (Sandy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge-E, Haswell-E) for the same CPUs they get currently on LGA1155.
Intel simply said they were not giving up LGA, they didn't say there was no BGA happening and they didn't say what markets would get BGA and which would get LGA. They also worded it to focus on enthusiasts, which leads me to believe they're targeting sockets only in their LGA2011 platform and whatever the successor to that is, whatever it may be.
I would be completely surprised at this point if all pre-built desktops under $2000 and all custom builds with smaller budgets that have Intel inside weren't soldered on. At that point, I wouldn't be surprised if the desktop form factor as we know it (the big, case and external monitor) is replaced with a laptop motherboard in a setup much like an iMac.
Originally Posted by u3b3rg33k
That massive memory bandwidth increase that came along with on-die memory controllers had nothing to do with intel & amd's moving of IMCs, right?
That mattered, but did moving the PCIe bus to the die make a difference? And will moving the SATA controllers make a difference? Not in the slightest. After the IMC, all of this is arbitrary consolidation which does nothing except give Intel more control over their platforms. Intel wants more control, why do you think they got rid of nForce?Edited by sdlvx - 12/5/12 at 4:19pm