iNTEL is considering dropping socketed chips within about a year - the end of chips with 1000 pins requiring expensive sockets with many many thousands of socket parts. Have you ever even studied the intricate details of a chip socket? Does the mind boggle at making and actually electrically and mechanically attaching 1000 x 100 million tiny pins to chips. For the arithmetic challenged, someone has to actually manufacture 100 BILLION tiny pins every year. Look at just ONE PIN and imagine all the special alloy metal, the preciseness of everything, the gold coatings, the fabrication of the finished products, and the spoilage along the way. I know that you can't and this is a waste of my time.
Then, try to imagine making even more complicated 1000 pin sockets. Have you ever looked very closely at them. There are many thousands of parts per chip socket. Now we are suggesting the making of TRILLIONS of such tiiny parts every year. All the above is very very very costly - and unnecessary. It's unnecessary if at the start of Broadwell chips, intel stops making plug in chips, and only makes soldier-in chips like done all the time in laptops these days.
iNTEL is "considering" making only soldier in chips soon. That means that when you buy a chip in the future, you must buy it already on a motherboard, no more enthusiast options. Lots of geeks will have nothing to do soon. They'll have to start learning how to get laid.
To be candid, I'd guess that a very very small percentage have a real need to play chip swapping games. The only ones who WILL be hurt by this move will be those who smoke a chip and will have to buy a motherboard PLUS a new chip. Actually, the way it will probably work is the motherboard must be sent somewhere where they are equipped to unsoldier 1000 pins at a time to replace the bad cpu. No matter. Chip sockets and pins appear to be history soon.
Start practicing how to get laid.
What is up with your stupid how to get laid comments.... If Intel does this, they just give up a huge percentage of market share. This is where AMD's niche is Design SOC's that go in sockets. And they can dominate the enthusiast share of the market. This could be the bone that Intel throws AMD's way. AMD is the OC crown holder. And on a mass manufactured scale, these :"costly" sockets are a few bucks a piece. Intel's Ultrasucks was a major flop. They have no chance getting one of their x86 outdated junk in a real tablet. AMD made the right move. They will have a 64 bit ARM apu, with x86 instruction sets for backwards compatibility, and their award winning GPU's. And if they can get the power consumption lower, these chips will be perfect for tablets or servers for the cloud.
Withdraw your employment application from my company. You are fired before you're hired.
"And they can dominate the enthusiast share of the market. This could be the bone that Intel throws AMD's way. "
You think just like micro brain Amd. The enthusiasts (all 10 of them) can't buy enough to cover an Amd lunch. Amd thinks just like you - tiny insignificant volume. This, while intel zeros in on 200 million chips.
Say, why don't you put in an application at AMD? They probably want some new more on enthusiasm in all their bleakness.