Intel May Produce Motherboards With Built-in CPUs

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 10:25 AM

Don’t panic! This is definitely still in the rumour stage at the moment. But it’s been suggested that Intel may stop creating the normal socketed CPU chips altogether.

Instead, commencing with the Broadwell family of CPUs, they may be making motherboards with built-in CPUS…

Many users, and even gamers, will upgrade the motherboard and processors together, of course, so for these people there may not be a great deal of difference. But for the die-hard tech enthusiasts (any of you out there? Yeah, thought so), this might be a serious blow. The swappability (it is too a word!) of individual components is half the fun, right? If a better CPU comes out which is socketed for your motherboard, why upgrade everything?

Is this a big deal? Are you worried? As I said, it’s still a rumour at the moment. But please shriek hysterically in the comments box – that’s what it’s there for.

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22:58 Dec-02-2012

laptop built in cpu's suck even the newest ones. why would you do that to a desktop? i'd hate to have integrated cpu's on my desktops. i like taking my computers apart and rebuilding them! not being able to trade out cpu's would suck! plus what if the cpu dies? you cant just go out and buy another one you'd have to buy a whole new board!

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23:05 Dec-02-2012

Laptop CPUs doesn't suck.They are very close to the desktops. And they are little slower not because they are integrated but because they use a battery to be powered on. And if your CPU dies, then... ah naa more cash to harness :/

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23:13 Dec-02-2012

my friend has a AMD (forget the model im sure its phenom II though) 8-core cpu at 2.6ghz gaming laptop and it barely plays skyrim :/ the video card is (supposedly good) if you want i can provide a link to his lappy but in my experiance laptop cpu's are not good for gaming

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23:19 Dec-02-2012

For example i7-3640M is notoriously faster albeit it's mobile/laptop CPU.
Phenom II can be dual and quad core.

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09:14 Dec-03-2012

AMD doesn't have 8-core phenoms, and no mobile fx series...

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12:00 Dec-03-2012

Lol what was he trying to prove :D

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16:19 Dec-03-2012

@Maza i7-3640M ??
I only accept i7-3630QM =Đ

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20:20 Dec-03-2012

Whoops-wooof :D

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23:31 Dec-02-2012

idk i havent seen it to much but it is a 8-core gaming computer (laptop) and isnt all that great.

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23:36 Dec-02-2012

It could be something from FX 8xxx series.Laptop doesn't have eight cores.

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04:28 Dec-08-2012

if it does ,it will drain battery within minutes at full stress

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12:42 Dec-08-2012

my lappy with i7 (when using external monitor) works on battery for more than 3 hours:Đ

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16:07 Dec-02-2012

good for laptops sucks for desktops

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04:29 Dec-08-2012

laptops already had it...

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15:09 Dec-02-2012

This idea might be better suited for those laptop/tablets? But for a proper laptop or PC? That would be stupidity on an entirely new level. Steve Jobs will be rolling in his grave, that Intel stole his crown.

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10:08 Dec-02-2012

I doubt they will give up on physical cpus, i expect more that they will make something like dual cpu technology, similar to the dual graphic of apus from amd, I mean, now you can run a computer without graphic card if the cpu got igp, maybe they plan to make a computer work just with motherboard, without being necessary to have discrete gpu or "discrete" cpu

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11:23 Dec-02-2012

I highly doubt that. That way you'll get
A. Way too expensive motherboards
B. When they're cheap the cpu will just be enough to run windows, or not even that...

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14:38 Dec-02-2012

that is interesting point;
all curent mobos have "chip" and many of them already feature EFI-BIOS,
so you might be right:Đ

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15:03 Dec-02-2012

Been able to run a PC without a GPU for a very long time, not just "now" I was playing Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament (2000) with just a CPU and Board. I do not see this being viable, as you'd need to take it to a shop if the CPU goes or something goes southward. This would cost more to replace, and would most likely require an entirely new board. Neat idea but again, not viable.

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15:07 Dec-02-2012

people buy entire new consoles, which aren't backward compatible with games, and nobody complains:/

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15:12 Dec-02-2012

Because if you wish to play a game from a previous console, you have that console or get an emulator? I also have known many people to complain about such. like 360 only managing a small list, or at least it use to be small? and the PS3 later versions, annoyed a fair few people. People will always complain about something.

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15:13 Dec-02-2012

They can't make a computer without a CPU or GPU.Some integrated thing that would be on that motherboard and handled the processes would be still called "the CPU" though.And discrete isn't necessary weak ;)

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15:16 Dec-02-2012

I think making "complete mobo" is very wise thing,
becuase, except gaming, one does not need anything better than weakest i3 with HD4000 :Đ
we all tend to forget PCs aren't only for gaming=Đ

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16:20 Dec-02-2012

Right on. There's also Youtube :D

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16:28 Dec-02-2012

But they will make it for everything, not just for non-gamers. That wouldn't be very profitable...

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01:29 Dec-02-2012

Someone should alert an environmental group to put the pressure on Intel for this, because surely this end up producing more E-waste right?

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01:40 Dec-02-2012

Indeed lol.

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04:32 Dec-08-2012

Not that bad :D

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22:44 Dec-01-2012

If you can upgrade the CPU later and if mobos without this option are still manufactured, then excellent news. If only the first option or second options, then average news.
If you can't upgrade the CPU later and all mobos are manufactured with an embedded CPU .. that's horrible news but I doubt that will happen!

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01:39 Dec-02-2012

Yeah, it will turn out to be complete blow to the head for intel.

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06:24 Dec-02-2012

If the 3rd happens, some folks at AMD will be happy

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07:33 Dec-02-2012

I wonder how this will happen actually. As you have a lot of options on a mobo there are lots of them, but now it will be much more expensive so there will probably be less variety :(

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07:46 Dec-02-2012

intel gonna disappointing gamer worldwide, especially those intel fanboys...

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08:47 Dec-02-2012

Intel fanboys are never disappointed when intel does something :P

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00:19 Dec-03-2012

They just back them up giving excuses that it had to be done for, so, so, so reason :P

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20:41 Dec-01-2012

Oh no! Nonono! The idea of integrated CPUs is quite good. Although no possibility of upgrading the CPU, that scares me! It would be the best to have either of those.
Good side if this is avoiding compatibility issues. Intel is probably trying to make some more money, -indeed? And....was about to say something but can't remember :facepalm

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14:39 Dec-02-2012

HTPCs already have icpu:Đ

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14:28 Dec-01-2012

What if these mother boards have another slot for a processor just like they have for a GPU in spite of having an integrated graphics adapter

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18:52 Dec-01-2012

Seems like a GREAT idea!

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12:18 Dec-02-2012

I look forward to the day duel-cpu systems become affordable (to me, anyway).
If Intel build a CPU into their motherboard but keep a slot for another, then there's hardly much of an issue. More expensive, but for good reasons.
It's also not too bad if the built-in CPU is replaceable via soldering. At least i'm not stuck with a downed Mobo AND CPU if something went wrong >.>

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11:15 Dec-01-2012

Hope AMD doesn't do the same. If no, I can upgrade my processor in future.
That would be nice.

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13:12 Dec-01-2012

As long as you have an AM3+ mobo, you'll be fine. AM3 is doubtfull if they will continue support...

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13:20 Dec-01-2012

amd will not ever do that

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22:35 Dec-01-2012

AMD listens too good to their customers for that. Customer relations is way more important for a company in misery than a big company... Look at their cpu's: they're not great, but you can have an fully oc-able cpu for 50€. Intel's cheapest is like 150€. They have to be attractive that way, cause they (sad face because it's true) make sucky cpu's and there is no real reason to go AMD if your cpu budget is 125 bucks or more...

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22:42 Dec-01-2012

AMD CPUs aren't that sucky.For ex. 4170 get the same FPS in games as i7-3770. AMD has a smart tactic though. Yeah they are in bad financial state, but as soon as they get rid if it, I hope more great CPUs are on the way.

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13:05 Dec-02-2012

That's true too. They've got ups and downs in the past, and they will get back up...

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10:16 Dec-01-2012

really hope this doesn't happen

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09:30 Dec-01-2012

So if you want to change CPU you need to change whole motherboard?! lol

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09:48 Dec-01-2012

Yeah I don't like it, putting in a CPU is not hard (for me) =)

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10:22 Dec-01-2012

Why are they doing this? It makes no sense!

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12:51 Dec-01-2012

Might make some go to the amd side :D

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14:05 Dec-01-2012

I think it is for noobs ;)

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16:09 Dec-01-2012

lol

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09:12 Dec-02-2012

god why

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18:51 Dec-01-2012

But what of the CPU+mobo costs the same as 1 CPU today? ;)

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21:40 Dec-01-2012

Well still I would not buy it but I agree that would be cool but what happens of the motherboard is crap and cant support sli or crossfire or any nice features and then for the other guys who don't want sli or crossfire the motherboard with there CPU they want have sli and crossfire they would pay more and they are not even going to use the features =P

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09:20 Dec-01-2012

If its cheaper - its definitely an advantage on the market.
However stopping the sale of normal socket CPU is really bad for custom builders and upgraders.

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20:39 Dec-01-2012

i agree with you!

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07:24 Dec-03-2012

but if it doesn't have the specs you want then it sucks! like an intel core i-5 processor with a maximum of 4 gb ram and a intel hd graphics card! and then there would might only be intel gpu's on all computers :(

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09:12 Dec-01-2012

That's gonna be stupid if they stop creating the normal socketed CPU,just for some inbuilt cpu motherboards.Personally I would say go for the inbuilt cpu motherboards for say a competetive price.But stopping cpu chips gonna do no good.

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08:45 Dec-01-2012

ha ha ha ha ....:/
it's worse than I expected,
Intel will wait if new AMD-based consoles (such as XBox720 or PS4) will be successful;
and if yes, they'll start making all-in-one PCs (maybe not even for gaming)...
*if no, they'll do the same:Đ

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10:11 Dec-01-2012

Hey tzzsmk, please check my blog about the incoming PS4

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00:23 Dec-02-2012

PS4 will be based on an AMD processor

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08:07 Dec-01-2012

cool but my cpu will for years :)

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08:04 Dec-01-2012

WoW :D

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07:30 Dec-01-2012

no upgrade for me,my cpu is enough for 2 or 3 years

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07:41 Dec-01-2012

Maybe more if you overclock :P

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07:45 Dec-01-2012

yes i agree :)

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07:27 Dec-01-2012

i don't really care as i don't see my self upgrading my cpu before 3-4 years.till then any new cpu will not be LGA 1155, so i will have to change the MOtherboard also

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06:23 Dec-01-2012

Im in AMD side, no worries to me :)

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06:16 Dec-01-2012

no problem, i will buy amd computers :D

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