Intel to Quit Making Motherboards

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surfinsam

Are they going to still be making server motherboards because this article keeps referring to their "desktop" motherboard business and I don't think there are any third-party manufacturers for intel server mobos although I haven't really done any Internet research to see if that's true or not

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John A

I would think that this also has something to do with the economy which continues to decline world wide and less to do with anything else.

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ShyLinuxGuy

It seems like Intel is giving up on the very reason they exist. Yeah, motherboards aren't their forte like chipsets, device controllers and especially CPUs, but it seems that they really intend to exit the market completely with everything they're saying or doing lately, like x86 is hopeless and over with and ARM will take over completely. This Post-PC era idea is just dreamed up. Lenovo is right, it's a PC-plus era.

AMD is going to get lucky if they really do what they are saying they're going to do.

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Opm2

People overlook the fact that intel recently got into SSDs as well. They are probably just trimming the fat to get into newer areas.

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mah_101381

They moved into SSDs and they are making a foothold in the smartphone market with a US model in '14. They have models in Europe and Asia to work out any issues. They just needed to shed some excess fat.

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MarioJP

yeah. Intel just wants to avoid a bad rep like the plague. They took note from Windows 8 and were like ok we just keep supporting this crowd for awhile until it is safe enough to move in to the mobile market. lol.

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John Pombrio

I spent a couple of weeks in PR installing and fixing the HP line equipment testing the Intel mobos. I was amazed at how FEW boards were being produced. I figured Intel had the lock on mobos but they certainly did not have more than two lines running at a time.
Now this also completely gets rid of the "no more sockets" for Intel chips rumor. Since Intel will be dependent on other companies to produce their boards, there would hardly be a way to force them to BGA the CPU chip onto the mobo.

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Opm2

Just watch Star Trek. What do they do when they get done messing with their tablet? They walk over to a desk and start typing on a PC, albeit a future PC!

Definitive proof our future has PCs in it!

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MarioJP

The reality here is that, as we progress further into the future. Less and less will this matter. Smaller computing is becoming the new trend. NUC could be the other next thing and potentially can pose a threat to traditional desktops, especially when Intel has control. Imagine if others starts to follow suit. technically it already has. Intel just started the chain reaction. Windows 8 would be icing the cake.

Lets face it guys. The meteor is coming for these dinosaurs. Intel can very easily chop off its legs just by making the cpu soldered alone.

Another threat is these smartphones. I mean a 8 core 4GB smartphone is on the horizon that i keep hearing about are you kidding me. When i saw the specs on this phone. My jaw dropped. That alone is enough to really weaken the PC market. and if its not that. What about Ubuntu phone that is a PC in your pocket. With these mobile phones having these capabilities for the average users will no longer need a PC.

Whether Windows 8 is liked or not. No longer matters. The desktop as we know is showing signs of illness and could be on life support in the coming years.

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slibinz

Neither Intel nor MB makers have any reason to want to solder the CPU in. It's more work for them, it doesn't make them more money, and the CPU makers don't want to handle warranty issues when the MB breaks, just like the MB makers don't want to handle warranty issues when the CPU breaks.

And yes, there's great new smartphones on the way, but so what? I can't play the best games on them (at least not competitively and/or without making my hands/neck/eyes hurt), I can't get any real or productive work done on them (if sending emails or lightly/slowly editing Office files is work to you, sorry, but go fuck yourself, that's not *real* work) and your still a slave to batteries, monthly bills and data caps.

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MarioJP

No need to be rude I am not talking about whats coming out now. Look at the unbuntu phone for example. You can attach a keyboard and mouse and transform your phone into a fully working desktop. This is what i am getting at. The Atrix 4G tried this attempt but failed. But the concept is still there and try again. When that day comes that you can carry the "desktop" in your pocket and dock it when real work needs to be done is the day of when desktops might be used less I don't know.

I certainly want the desktop to stick around as much you do, yet i see more people using their tablets and phones then they use their computers. Heck most of my friends don't even have a computer anymore. Some do some don't. I am interested the ones that don't because i want to know how can they do stuff without a computer??. The ability to Skype from your phone takes away one more thing of needing a computer.

Is this your everyday Joe of the future??. The sad reality is Joe Schmo is winning, center of attention what dictates what products these companies will be bringing out. Intel is playing it smart and I get that but its messed up. To me it sounds like Intel just wants to avoid a bad rep altogether. We shall see how long Intel keeps their words.

Will see.

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steven4570

I really have no issue with this...unless others start to follow, then I will get upset.

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Orvtrebor

The original DX58SO “Smack Over” motherboard was one of the first motherboards for Intel’s Core i7 “Nehalem” CPU but it didn’t endear itself to many enthusiasts with its support for but four DIMM slots for the triple-channel CPU.

I forgot about that one, my god did they ever screw that up. Triple channel was one of the big selling points at the time.

It didn't really make a difference but still, it's your own company designed board how can you not include a primary feature?

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Scatter

Now if they'd only stop making Intel graphics for PCs as well

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DoctorX

This

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kiaghi7

Remember when the laptop was going to kill the PC? They get along famously...

Remember when the TV-PC (computing on your home TV in the living room) was going to kill the PC? Yeah... that was an experiment that ended about a minute after it started with nothing but a "why?"

Remember when the personal digital assistant (PDA) was going to kill the PC? Looks like the PDA was KIA in that fight...

Remember when netbooks were going to kill PC's? PC's didn't even need to fight back, with the slightest help from smart phones and tablets doing everything they could do, they've fallen by the wayside.

Remember when smart phones were going to kill the PC? If anything, they've driven PC sales as people fiddle with social media and the like across both platforms.

Well thankfully, all those false predictions will be redeemed by the prediction of the day, that Tablets/Phablets will kill PC's!

Yes, clearly it must be so, because it's a prediction! And we all know how great a track record "predictions" have! Right!?! (mind the sarcasm)

Tablets aren't going to kill PC's anymore than every other looming death of the PC has... If anything the market will saturate, as it already is doing, and will merely drive the need for more capable tools for those that need them. The area of the market that doesn't need a PC, won't buy one, but to presume that would spell the death of PC's is ignorant of the most basic economic principles.

Think of it like this:

Not everyone needs a power drill, sometimes a screw driver will suffice. But people buying screw drivers doesn't spell the doom of the power drill market.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

It looks like the only thing that can kill the PC now is MICROSOFT

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kiaghi7

Coming soon, Windows 9 with the interface that can only be used with Playschool toys!

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Electrik

This Post-PC crap is gonna drive me nuts, we have this argument every time Intel hits the geek news. Soldered CPU’s very well be just around the corner, though. Without competition, Intel can do whatever they want.

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Chronologist

Yes. Soldered CPU's will be coming. But really, you doomsayers take a moment and think about it. Intel is about to launch a tv service, showed off their NUC (next unit of computing), are trying pretty damn hard to break into the mobile platform, all on top of this soldered cpu news.

It's not a far stretch to imagine that when Intel is developing soldered CPU's for these applications, not for desktops. You won't miss a thing with soldered cpu's in cellphones, laptops, cable boxes, tablets, and htpc's.

Its actually very hard to imagine Intel seceding the PC gaming market completely to AMD by alienating a sizeable loyal base of consumers by forcing them to buy soldered cpu's.

Worst case scenario: Intel really is stupid enough to force soldered CPU's into its desktop platforms, and we all here jump ship and buy AMD. I will have no problems sleeping at night with Team Red working for me instead of Team Blue/Gold. Can't imagine many other people having that issue either.

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slibinz

lol...the last Intel CPU I bought was a Pentium 100mHz. It really is better over here in AMD Land. Much better bang-for-your-buck.

Plus I'd be willing to bet $1,000 to your favorite charity that Intel won't move to soldered CPUs.

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steven4570

While i agree that especially on lower to mid range systems amd in most cases is the better bang for buck cpu, especially for gaming. But from a performance stand point, that don't even come close to Intel

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btdog

My first thought when I saw the headline was: "Intel STILL makes motherboards?"

Sounds like it was a poorly managed division. I remember most of Intel's motherboards were of the entry-level (maybe some performance) but never enthusiast grade. And in the respective categories, Intel's were usually a tad higher than Asus or Gigabyte. Granted, you always heard "dependable" or "reliable" when you asked about them, but the best way I can describe their motherboards is "bland."

I just hope Intel re-focuses their efforts on producing cutting-edge CPUs. My biggest fear is that Haswell could be the last chipset that still focuses on being faster and more powerful.

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DarkMatter

Well.. Condisering that when Intel released the SkullTrail (Nvidia/Intel spat be damned) ASUS and EVGA pretty much owned Intel on that one.. I remember only 1 intel board that I bought and that was back in the old ( and I mean ~oLd~) Pentium days.

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andrewc513

It's a perfectly logical step for them. Look at the last three headlines regarding Intel or their big markets. A) Slumping PC sales, B) 14nm die shrinks(more ultraportables), and C) Intel has said they believe we're transitioning from desktops to tablets.

They're putting their money where their mouth is.

The desktop as we know it is a dying platform, Intel knows it, and they're right. It's just a matter of how long it will take to die. My bets are on late this decade. As someone above me said, the amount of time it takes really depends on new input technologies, and consumers' willingness to adapt.

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slibinz

If I had a nickel for every time I've heard/read that desktops/PCs are dying, I'd buy MaximumPC.

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johngerity

Is everyone buying tablets INSTEAD of computers? Last I checked, people still use them to supplement computers, not replace them. So why is it everyone from Intel to Google to Apple treating the word "computer" like the N-word?

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steven4570

couldn't have said it better myself.

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DoctorX

This

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Ashton2091

My thoughts exactly...Tablets are made to compliment computers. Not replace them. I had a friend replace her pc and laptop with a tablet (against my advice)...let's just say she's having a hard time. smh

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Opm2

The biggest thing keeping the desktop around is the interaction peripherals. Tablets are clunky when doing typing intensive activities.

Look at the keyboard. The keyboard has been the same fucking keyboard since the birth of computers. It fuckin' works well and people like them.

The Mouse. Again trackballs were a fad akin to apple products. The mouse is efficient and does a damn good job and has yet to be replaced.

As the interfaces for tablets and netbooks surpass the efficiency of a mouse and keyboard, THEN I will worry about declining PC sales.

Although the ones I imagine such as voice input and VR with some kinect device capturing your strokes and jerks and using them to manipulate the software could easily be adapted to PC.

Maybe when I am hitting my bong wearing this special hat that reads my brain waves the maid-bot-3000 will bring me cheetos and type my ramblings to her memory.

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Glycerin

This

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