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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject: TechNews - Microsoft Surface Pro on Feb 9th [34457] Reply with quote

Intel Announces Gradual Discontinuation of Desktop
Motherboards - In an announcement that will likely come as a shock
for some, Intel has announced they will be
ramping down their desktop motherboard business over the next three
years

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Intel Announces Gradual Discontinuation of Desktop
Motherboards - In an announcement that will likely come as a shock
for some, Intel has announced they will be
ramping down their desktop motherboard business over the next three
years

I had mentioned this in a previous post, Intel has hinted that it will sell CPU's integrated into their boards.
This of course means that it will be cheaper to buy an all-in-bundle and the fact a lot of people just don't upgrade anymore, means Intel will cut back on lot's of idle board manufacturing.
In my 22years of PC gaming, i've only upgraded about 2 mobo's in terms of CPU life before moving on to another board and setup. The board i have (Asus Maximus V Gene) and CPU i have, I5 3570K, can be clocked easily up a couple of CPU upgrades. That and it's PCI-E 3 means i wont be seeing another board for years!
The whole business of hardware is seriously toiling to cope with this dip and the world as a whole is just simply not buying or cutting back. This trend is all over from games,software to every household manufacturer around the globe. Nobody is immune.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earlier a new OS meant a hardware upgrade.
I guess people/corporations are happy with the speed of PCs, they can complete everyday tasks painlessly.

So, what do you have left? Military/government, specialists and gamers.

Gamers update their graphics cards rather than their whole box. Even if they buy a new board, they buy one with several PCI-Express slots - a feat Intel has never bothered adding. Asus, EVGA do a great job here, Intel would not be able to compete.

Specialists have a different upgrade path - they buy thousands of processors but no motherboards (well, they use rack-mounts, not regular PC boards).

Military/government - these organizations require military-grade hardware/security most of the time. They buy them on tenders from specific manufacturers/suppliers. Again, definitely an area where Intel boards cannot compete.

PS.
You know, I always wondered who's buying Intel boards.
They're far from bad, but they're mostly just reference boards.
They are ok for home use and stuff, but if you have an educated person nearby, you'll be getting something more serious than Intel.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Intel boards used to be one of the better choices if you wanted rock solid stability and driver support back in the day. Fond memories of the 440BX chipset that I used whenever I could.

I think besides the slow economy people aren't buying new hardware as much because they don't have to. Consumer and small business wise you really haven't needed to upgrade. Graphics are a different story but with consoles stagnating the market and keeping the industry on DX9 we see issues of being cpu bound on the PC. I personally still use gtx460s/465s which are sort of old but work just fine even with new titles. You can game on even a hundred dollar radeon these days at respectable levels. CPU/mobo market isn't much better since we get plenty of bang for the buck still and are more hindered by slow development in the software space. I have a couple phenom blacks I unlocked cores on which really isn't necessary and the i5's hardly get used anywhere near full potential in most cases.

Big business or enterprise customers have always been tied to leasing agreements and contracts in most cases so they always go through a cycle of upgrades after so many years.
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