Intel to Stop Making Desktop Motherboards

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It's the end of an era: Intel has announced that, over the next three years, it will wind down production of desktop motherboards to zero.


The company will continue to supply chipsets for use by third party motherboard manufacturers—the likes of ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte—but after 2013 it won't make more motherboards itself, reports Anandtech. In fact, the last output from Intel will be 'boards that accommodate its soon-to-launch Haswell architecture chips (the successor to Ivy Bridge). It'll then wind down and not bother for its subsequent set of silicon.

Instead, it will focus its efforts on creating form factor reference designs: mock-ups that are used internally for testing, but which often also end up as the base for third-party products. There won't be any trimming here—so you can probably expect to hear of plenty of new ultrabook, tablet and desktop prototypes in the future. Comfortingly, none of this will see job cuts at Intel. Instead, engineers will be absorbed into other divisions. [Anandtech via Engadget]

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Broken Machine

I think I'm done with building machines, but I've always had good luck with future upgrading with my Intel motherboards. I've certainly sworn off of anything but Intel chipsets and processors, a bad experience with Nvidia's Nforce and a lack of upgradeability to Vista 3 years after purchase had me rethinking using the third-party solutions.

I've built all machines since with Intel processors and Intel chipsets, and a few went so far as using an Intel board with memory that was tested from Intel in that configuration. And while those machines weren't the fastest, there is still one I built in 2004 that is running Windows 8 32bit without a hitch - and my father swears it's the first computer he's ever had that's never crashed.

To the people scouring Newegg and similar sites for the cheapest deals, I wonder why even put in the effort. Is it that much better than a basic Dell, or a motherboard company with third party sound and ethernet drivers that no one has heard of? Hell, Nvidia was a huge company, they killed of CHIPSET support pretty damn early.

Yeah, I kinda winced last month when I bought a Dell. It's the first desktop I've bought new. Ever. But for the price, I couldn't touch it with even the shittiest build.