with CPU's already soldered to the motherboard?
Yesterday, a report emerged claiming that Intel is planning to release its upcoming 14-nanometer Broadwell architecture processors as a ball grid array (BGA) rather than an land grid array (LGA) package.
This would have several widespread implications, including bringing to an end to processor (CPU) upgrades.
Traditionally, the processors in desktop systems are fitted into a socket on the motherboard that allows them to be removed and replaced, while systems such as notebooks and tablets have the CPU soldered onto the motherboard.
At present, Intel uses the LGA package design, which allows the processor to either be fitted into a socket or soldered directly to a motherboard. This gives the OEM down the line options as to how to mount the processor onto the motherboard.
A switch to BGA would mean that the processor could no longer be fitted into socket where it could be removed or replaced, and instead would be soldered to the motherboard much like processors for notebooks and tablets are nowadays.
fuck you Intel, you'd better not make me dirty myself with an AMD chip
on the other hand, I cannot think of the last time I replaced the CPU without doing a whole system upgrade. barring them making the video cards or RAM permanent parts of the mobo I can see this only limiting the mobo/cpu options.