Tech site Semiaccurate is running a story which claims that Intel is set to cease manufacturing LGA CPUs in just over a year, with their upcoming Broadwell range rumoured to be not coming in a stand-alone, removable format. Future Intel CPUs are expected to be soldered directly into motherboards, and not sold as separate components for people who, like us, enjoy assembling our own PCs.
The news was broken by Japanese site PC watch (here’s a rough English translation), and Semiaccurate claims that hardware manufacturers such as ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and others were not told about the news until it broke through a third party. Semiaccurate claims that two OEMs “have now been briefed that Broadwell is BGA only”.
What does this mean? If you want a Broadwell CPU, you’ll more than likely have to buy it soldered into an Intel motherboard. If you don’t want an Intel motherboard, tough luck. The move is being seen as an attempt by Intel to use their market share to push further into sectors traditionally contested by other hardware manufacturers, and it’s one that — depending on how you feel about Intel boards — may or may not cause tears of rage. What do you think?