Originally Posted by DrBrogbo
No offense, but do people in this thread even know what BGA means, or did they just see someone use it as an argument, and decided to copy-paste it?
BGA stands for "ball grid array," and is merely a way to permanently attach a chip to a motherboard. That's it. Big deal.
Almost every single laptop ever in the history of the universe has been BGA. It's not a detriment. In fact, it helps with form factor and heat dissipation.
BGA doesn't specifically help with heat dissipation. Soldering the chip only reduces the thickness of the motherboard components. Historically, the first company to do this in any universal fashion was Apple. They did it because thinness was an advertising point, not because it is better.
From a repair standpoint, a socket is much better as the motherboard or processor can be reused easily if the other is bad. Desoldering, resoldering, and testing a BGA with over 1000 pins would be an all-day affair if done by hand. Automated machines cost boatloads of cash. The cheapest option becomes throwing out the old (or sending to a specialized repair point) and replacing with new, but each different combination of motherboard and chip must be kept available.
Overall, this is not a great prospect for power users.
As to the question of who's fastest; I can't see a BGA chip being eligable as it is definitely a different product category. I also can't see AMD and Intel chips seriously competing as their differing chip costs puts both in far different markets as well. That said, I don't know that I really care about who has the fastest IGP. If I'm buying a laptop and don't have the money for a dedicated chip (or don't want the extra power drain), then I'm probably still shopping for most bang per unit of currency with fastest IGP not being an issue.