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Old November 27, 2012, 07:34 PM
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In my opinion, this only hurts hobbyist consumers because you can't play with your PC guts as much as you like. Given Intel's Tick Tock cycle, you get marginal improvement within a single socket cycle. You would have to upgrade the socket when the Tock rolls around anyway. I can see this really hurt motherboard producers if Intel completely goes soldered on CPU. The combination matrix of CPU & board feature is huge right now because we can freely mix and match. With a complete BGA approach, Intel would be hurt as well. There's no way in hell motherboard manufacturers will make that many boards if they end up soldering on the CPU. Can Intel continue to bin crappier CPU as low end model with a complete BGA approach?
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