Intel says it will continue to offer socketed CPU support

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Socketed CPU support is here to say for the "foreseeable future," confirmed Intel. The official response came in the wake of recent rumors that future desktop CPUs from Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) will forego processor sockets and instead be soldered directly to motherboards.

This has resulted in consternation among DIY enthusiasts concerned about building their own desktop rigs from individually purchased CPUs and motherboards. Additionally, Intel competitors, such as AMD, have been quick to take advantage of the situation by outlining plans to release socketed CPUs through 2013 and 2014.

According to a statement from the chip maker, "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."

It is doubtful that CPU upgrades are done without changing the motherboards these days, courtesy of the fast pace at which new processors are being released. Moreover, it is unlikely that many businesses can be convinced to buy from brands other than Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) , Lenovo and HP (NYSE: HPQ). Still, companies that require specialized configurations that may not be widely available could well benefit from the presence of socketed CPU support.

For more:
- check out this article at Ars Technica

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