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Old 01-22-2013, 11:05 PM
 
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Looks like Intel will stop manufacturing motherboards for Desktop PC Towers within three years. Other companies will continue to manufacture motherboards. But wasn't there a thread in here (late Nov 2012) about Intel no longer creating processors that are socketed for motherboards. So let me get this straight, if Intel is ending its socketed processors and is no longer going to be manufacturing motherboards within three years, will Intel just be out of the motherboard/processor business for Desktop Towered PCs? So when I buy a new tower Desktop PC, I will see a motherboard from Gigabyte or Asus with a processor from AMD...something like that, without anything from Intel. So obviously, the tower desktop PC will not be obsolete in three years, so what will the effects of Intel's decision have on the industry? Discuss and debate.

Intel to wind down desktop circuit board business | Business Tech - CNET News
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:10 PM
 
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That's too bad. I've always liked their boards. Very easy to setup and very stable.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:13 PM
 
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Looks like AMD is not doing too well. Are they the next to go?

AMD limps through Q4, and 2013 doesn't look much better | Business Tech - CNET News
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:17 PM
 
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My guess is that Asus and other motherboard manufacturers will sell motherboards with CPUs sautered on.

Facebook is developing a new architecture where the CPU is sautered onto a PCIE board and motherboard have PCIE slots instead of sockets. They're focusing on a more modular approach that makes it easy to upgrade server hardware. I wonder if that will trickle down into desktops.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:39 PM
 
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Intel will let ASUS and Gigabyte make the MOBO's and continue to sell their Desktop Server/Gaming processors at a premium since AMD FX line will need to drop down to 28nm and if they can get the same hyper threading and performance to that of the 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge-E then a next gen unlocked Desktop AMD-8 Core processor priced under $250 that puts out i7-3930K for performance then AMD would be huge in picking up Intel's abandoned gaming Desk top and home Server CPU buyers.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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There's also the possibility of another company, like Gigabyte or ASUS, buying the motherboard/processor division of Intel.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:39 AM
 
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My guess is that Asus and other motherboard manufacturers will sell motherboards with CPUs sautered on.

Facebook is developing a new architecture where the CPU is sautered onto a PCIE board and motherboard have PCIE slots instead of sockets. They're focusing on a more modular approach that makes it easy to upgrade server hardware. I wonder if that will trickle down into desktops.
You mean "soldered" on. Pronounced "sodder".
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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You mean "soldered" on. Pronounced "sodder".
Yes, solder. Damn, I should have caught that one.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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There's also the possibility of another company, like Gigabyte or ASUS, buying the motherboard/processor division of Intel.
No there isn't.

PC related components is 64% of Intel's business. Why on earth would Intel sell the processor part of their business???? Motherboards are probably a small portion of that. Intel's core business, the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE COMPANY is processors.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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Looks like Intel will stop manufacturing motherboards for Desktop PC Towers within three years. Other companies will continue to manufacture motherboards. But wasn't there a thread in here (late Nov 2012) about Intel no longer creating processors that are socketed for motherboards. So let me get this straight, if Intel is ending its socketed processors and is no longer going to be manufacturing motherboards within three years, will Intel just be out of the motherboard/processor business for Desktop Towered PCs? So when I buy a new tower Desktop PC, I will see a motherboard from Gigabyte or Asus with a processor from AMD...something like that, without anything from Intel. So obviously, the tower desktop PC will not be obsolete in three years, so what will the effects of Intel's decision have on the industry? Discuss and debate.

Intel to wind down desktop circuit board business | Business Tech - CNET News
To be honest, not much of an effect. Intel boards were usually way cheaper than then competition as they generally didn't offer a whole lot, but got the job done and were stable. It is why intel boards were immensely popular with OEM builders. Asus and Gigabyte mobos are popular with personal system builders and gamers because they offer a bit more and are generally geared more towards that market. Having said that, either company, or another company, can just as easily make similar boards for OEMs for probably the same cost and stability.

Intel will be fine without this business as their processors is where they make the bulk of their profits anyway. I don't foresee this decision have any effect on what they play to do with their processor lineup.
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