To be fair they are not the only ones and where not the first.They better not go down the apple route and solder Ram to the motherboard.
Apple - normalising evil for at least the last decade.
Surely, if processors are coming out as BGA only, that just opens up the market for somebody to start making bga-lga and lga-bga adaptors?
Great news for manufacturers of hot air soldering kit too.
Bit of a PITA overall though.
It's also a bit of a risky one for motherboard manufacturers as they'll have to get their stocks of CPUs exactly right or face being stuck with a bunch of boards no-one wants when new CPUs come out. Might also suggest a slower rate of change in terms of new tech as the CPU now becomes an integral part of the overall product rather than just another piece of the jigsaw.
It's another part of the move to throwaway computing, something I don't like from a tech geek perspective but seems to be the way consumers go now (no doubt the only people to really benefit will be the large companies selling this locked down kit as usual).
I agree as already mentioned - soldered on for mobile computing, but separate for desktops and servers.
In my IT experience I've only come across two dead CPUs, but many many more dead motherboards.
So all in all, another opportunity for Intel to artificially segment the market? They've run out of CPU features to do it with, so now they're having to extend it out onto motherboards.
This is all your fault, AMD.
CPU speed has meant nothing in the last 4-5 years. Anyone who says it does has been reading too much intel marketing material.
The only upgrades worth doing are memory up to 3gb and an SSD drive.
We still buy intel 2.7ghz dual cores (the ones before the "i" variety) and never had someone saying their cpu was at 100% and it was causing a bottleneck.
If anything the CPU market is going downwards towards slower more power efficient processors. Just look at the direction Windows 8 is going.
I agree clock speed is less of an issue, but the number of cores is growing and will continue to grow. This allows lower power consumption and requires a much smaller heatsink and fan or no fan at all.
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