Report: Intel to shift away from end-user upgradable CPUs

Well, here's some bad news. Reportedly, Intel is preparing to put an end to user-replaceable CPUs. Their next architecture, the 14-nanometer Broadwell will shift to a ball grid array (BGA) rather than the traditional land grid array (LGA) of the past.

That shift means that the way that processors are mounted on desktop motherboards is set to change. Normally, the processor is socketed onto desktop motherboard rather than soldered directly on as is expected in a laptop or tablet. A shift to BGA would end socket compatibility for Intel desktop processors and require OEMs to solder directly to the motherboards. This would, if fact, cut costs for PC manufacturers.

The PC modding market would suffer should this report be proven true. Custom motherboard builders would lose compatibility with Intel processors and would be driven out of existence, or perhaps into AMDs arms. It is hard to imagine that AMD has enough marketshare to save the entirety of the custom PC market from the consequences of Intel's decision. More information on Broadwell is expected next year.

Via ZDNet

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