Website PC Watch has this week created a storm in a teacup, an internet buzz of exceptional proportions. Releasing a leaked Intel CPU roadmap doesn’t normally create waves of this size; this particular roadmap however contained one small nugget of information that had chins wagging, Intel is planning to kill off the CPU socket, killing the hand built PC in the process.
Intel’s next generation socket to go with its Haswell CPU’s (2013) will be dramatically different than the current generation of drop in sockets. The Haswell CPU’s will be soldered directly onto the motherboard. The socket won’t disappear completely, just become a very flat set of solder pads. The CPU’s will however become permanently attached to the motherboard.
A change that has many media pundits declaring the sky is falling, for home PC builders in any case. Here at Highpants we doubt that many of the technoid commentators have ever held a screw driver let alone popped the hood on their PC.