If you’ve been losing sleep over rumors that Intel
was planning to do away with socketed CPU
s and move to soldered-in-place ball grid array chips, rest easy; the company told Maximum PC that it would stick with LGA
sockets for the foreseeable future.
Although noting that Intel can’t really comment on its long-term roadmap for processors, Intel’s Dan Snyder stated, “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.”
Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing)
This is excellent news for computer tinkerers, modders, and builders, as soldered CPUs would be a huge blow to the enthusiast market; no longer would people be able to choose a motherboard apart from the CPU. That’s not to say that Intel isn’t looking at soldering CPUs to motherboards--see our review of Intel’s NUC
as an example--but LGA sockets aren’t going anywhere for now, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the chipmaker to do so.