Intel Supporting Socketed CPUs for "Foreseeable Future"
This morning Intel finally broke silence and calmed the nerves of panicky enthusiasts who have been reading rumor stories saying the desktop PC would die along with interchangeable socketed-CPUs.
The rumor first surfaced when Japanese tech site PC Watch reported on a leaked roadmap the site obtained including Intel's plans for Haswell to be the last processor in an LGA socket. After that, Intel would only offer the 14nm-based replacement, codenamed Broadwell in BGA trim. BGA or Ball Grid Array packages must be soldered to boards before being used. Since it's nigh impossible for the average person to de-solder a processor from a motherboard it would effectively end the paradigm of making your CPU choice separate from the motherboard.
"Intel remains committed to the growing desktop enthusiast and channel markets, and will continue to offer socketed parts in the LGA package for the foreseeable future for our customers and the Enthusiast DIY market," Intel spokesman Daniel Snyder said. "However, Intel cannot comment on specific long-term product roadmap plans at this time, but will disclose more details later per our normal communication process."
By the way, AMD also reaffirmed its commitment to sockets.
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