We're going to be putting together a question and answer type interview with Intel's motherboard group. And wanted to gather up some questions directly from the community.
What questions do you all have about Intel's motherboards that you'd like answered directly from the source. Overclocking concerns? Feature requests? Layout Changes? Anything goes.
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Question #1: What is Intel's official stance on Linux support for their boards? The level of FakeRAID support across varying chipsets seems to be all over the place from complete to unusable. Does Intel contribute to the development of dmraid in any way?
Question #2: You're in a desert walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise...
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Perhaps more of a marketing question, but I wonder how Intel plans to pay for their huge litigation settlements. Will the costs be spread over the entire Intel lineup (including motherboards), or will it be tied strictly to the sales of processors?
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Just following up here folks--how about a few more!
I'm not sure if you can put these in the form of a questions that don't sound naive or stupid, so just blame me:
1) New form factors? We've seen a lot of competition in small (e.g. ION) form factors recently. Might there be even newer and smaller designs on Intel's horizon?
2) This is the stupid one, but If I were having a casual conversation with a MB guy, I'd ask about cooling. For instance: have they ever considered a motherboard design where water cooling input/outputs would be integrated to the board itself. I.E. the CPU sink just takes pipes built into the board around a clamp on block and back through the board. I'm no engineer, but it would seem that if you could unify the cooling for the CPU and the chipset, plus make it easier to use, it might be a hit. Only a MB manufacturer could make a design like that possible (if it's even practical).
3) What do they think of the competition? Not just nVidia (and all that lawsuit stuff), but how about companies building for ARM architectures? It wonder if they perceive them as a real threat at this time, or if they see most users locked into x86 by virtue of Windows.
Other than that, I'd love to hear about any new standards they'll be supporting in the near future (2011) that they feel will be significant for enabling more from their platform.
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