A rumor has been floating around for a little while now suggesting that Intel may soon remove most of its current socketed processor designs in favor of non-removable CPUs, starting with the upcoming Broadwell chip.

The idea was that an integrated chip was cheaper and there were other factors that would supposedly make them better, such as power consumption for Windows-based tablets, even if it at the same time made them pretty much useful when it came to upgrading. As you can imagine, there was quite a bit of negative backlash about the idea.

With all the negative reports against Intel, AMD jumped in to say that they were sticking behind socketed chips for the long-term. Now Intel has also responded to the rumor floating around.

The statement from Intel says the following:

Intel remains committed to the growing desktop enthusiast and channel markets, and will continue to offer socketed parts in the LGA package for the foreseeable future for our customers and the Enthusiast DIY market … However, Intel cannot comment on specific long-term product roadmap plans at this time, but will disclose more details later per our normal communication process.

Basically the way this reads is that Intel isn’t getting rid of their removable chips because some customers want and need them. At the same time they never say that they aren’t considering releasing some higher-end chips that are non-removable.

The likely future I see is that they will probably offer some non-removable chips, possibly even Broadwell, but will still also offer at least one range to the PC builder/upgrader community as well.

What do you make of all of this? Is Intel’s carefully worded statement confirmation that this rumor is completely false, or do you still think it is likely that at least some of Intel’s higher-end chips will soon be non-removable?

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  • http://www.skyledavis.com/ S. Kyle Davis

    Some nonremovable chips are coming, I think, but there will still be a DIY line. It just means that DIY folks might not be able to get the exact same chip that is in a PC from a licensed OEM. I’d especially look for SoC iCore chips (or similar) at some point for higher-end tablet PCs. These SoCs won’t be available as socketed chips, obviously.

    • Jack Sparrow

      True. The time to kill socketed CPUs (if ever there is one) is not now.

  • http://twitter.com/RexKing13 Rex King

    This seems obvious to me. Socketed chips are necessary for enthusiasts to build their own machines, but totally unnecessary and stiffling for the mobile market.