Rumor: Is Intel's New Processor Really 'Killing PC Gaming'?
Written by: Dan Seitz | November 28, 2012 at 8:03AM
According to rumor, Intel may be severely limiting your ability to customize your gaming rig in the near future.
At the heart of the matter is Intel's processor scheduled for 2014, code-named Broadwell. Generally, the processor is just one part of a computer, and is plugged into the motherboard with a socket. Think of the CPU as the "brain" of a computer and the motherboard as the "nerves". In most desktop PCs, you can switch out both relatively easily.
Broadwell, however, will come already soldered into a motherboard, essentially cutting off a route of customization and potentially making it difficult to upgrade components such as graphics cards.
If you're wondering why Intel would even consider doing this in the first place, the short answer is space. Ultrabooks and tablets are becoming far more important to computer manufacturers than desktops, and the thinner and lighter these are, the better from a sales perspective.
It is important to note that Haswell, Intel's upcoming chip, will use a socket, and that Intel has yet to confirm Broadwell will come in this configuration.