Originally Posted by Alatar
Problem is that that's a niche market really. High end APUs are only really cost effective in situations where you're restricted by TDP or the size of the device the chip is going into.
The i7 4950HQ already somewhat fills that niche since it has bearable power consumption, it performs a lot better than even the desktop A10-6800K. But it comes at a high price.
I would say that niche market is going to expand in the upcoming years with more and more mobile devices, and they would also do very well in prebuilt PCs. Because with every company you source parts from, there's going to be additional markup, then you have assembly line time (minor, but still makes a difference), and finally you have part failure for warranty claims. I dont know about you, but the hundreds of PCs ive worked on, one of the least common issues was CPU failure, while blown capacitors and other issues plagued GPUs.
As much as it would hinder overclocking and customization, I would love to see APUs or IGPs at a level where they can compete with mid-high range dedicated cards.