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Intel Will Not Abandon Socketed CPU Market... Yet

Category: CPU's
Posted: 12:53PM

A report was recently published that suggested processor manufacturer Intel may move away from LGA-based processors and move towards BGA-based processors for the consumer market. LGA processors have a socket, so the CPU can be removed from the motherboard and replaced or upgraded, whereas BGA processors are soldered directly to the motherboard itself, which would make processors very difficult to upgrade. This sparked an outcry among PC enthusiasts who often choose to upgrade processors instead of changing an entire motherboard. BGA processors do offer many advantages, including reduced power consumption and heat output, as well as a smaller die size.

Initially, Intel did not respond to the report, but rival AMD stated that it had no plans to abandon socketed processors in the near future. More recently, however, Intel has responded by saying that it has no plans to replace socketed processors with BGA packages, which will come as a relief to PC enthusiasts everywhere. The official statement from Intel spokesman Daniel Snyder does state that Intel "cannot comment on specific long-term product roadmap plans".

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masterbinky on December 6, 2012 01:42PM
And fancy word danceing is that by 'replace socketed processors' is not a lie if they never offer socketed processors as an option in a next generation of CPUs, so it wouldn't be possible for BGA to replace something that was not an option. Doesn't matter either way, they wouldn't even say 'sorry' if they straight out said No we won't drop socketed processors, then 'changed their mind' right after saying that.
aaron6581230 on December 6, 2012 02:05PM
It's largely a PR thing. The reason why so many companies "don't comment on speculation" is because decisions can change on the drop of a dime, depending on how the market goes. Thus, promising something is usually a big 'no no'
masterbinky on December 6, 2012 02:41PM
They likely just waited to see what their stocks were doing before deciding whether to even comment.
VaporX on December 6, 2012 03:17PM
Personally I do not see what all the fuss is about. This was only supposed to effect the budget chip lineup and thus would largely fall to OEMs.

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