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Is Intel making significant savings by switching to crappy thermal paste, or is this just another case of penny pinching by some senior executive with a fancy MBA and zero technical knowledge?
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Significant? No, but when you sell millions of something every dollar adds up in a hurry.
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When it comes to K models, my guess is neither, they just have to put in place some artificial limitation on the mainstream platform as soon as they began bringing to market the enthusiast platform after the mainstream platform.
 
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Originally Posted by tpi2007 View Post

When it comes to K models, my guess is neither, they just have to put in place some artificial limitation on the mainstream platform as soon as they began bringing to market the enthusiast platform after the mainstream platform.

Exactly. Because people that always want the best don't want to wait after the mainstream parts are released to once again be on top. Think of it nVidia started by releasing the GTX 750 > 750 ti > 760 > 760 ti >770... By the time the 770 comes out, even though it won't be the fastest, it is as fast as a GTX 680 but will still be slower than the GTX 780 or Titan. People that want bragging rights don't want EVERY SINGLE RELEASE to be the new fastest.
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I don't think the entire point is to save money per CPU. I think they're trying to force overclocking enthusiasts to look at their performance socket where all of their CPUs use solder and not the mainstream socket.

This behavior wouldn't be happening if AMD was more of a competitor.

EDIT: Eh, it looks like tpi2007 already said the exact same thing.
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I think you guys are over complicating the why's here. The biggest enthusiasts are the Govt, the military and financial institutions. Solder does not do well under liquid nitrogen, there were problems with Sandy Bridge and LN2. And you really can't get the IPC gains from gen to gen until you do extreme OC.

http://www.liquidnitrogenoverclocking.com/news_19.shtml#page_top. - it is in production, it is juvenile to think in the age of computing that anyone cares to save money on thermal paste, the stakes are way higher than frame rates in video games EG Snowden/NSA, hello.

Funny that the conspiracy theorists were on to something, though through lack of being on the leading edge of computing probably didn't realize a more innocuous use of LN2 http://www.network54.com/Forum/291677/thread/1230840274/OT-+Why+would+the+Defense+Logistics+Agency+buy+liquid+nitrogen-
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