Intel Exits The Desktop Motherboard Business To Focus On New Form Factors
Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:31 PM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:55 PM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:21 PM
What I see happening is tying 4K monitors to small computers and of course you can put enough power in a very small form factor computer so handle most business needs and home user needs.
That is a bunch of the problem. I got a fast single core PC at work back about the time duel cores were coming into fashion and other than giving it 2 gig or ram and a new hard drive the thing was chugging along just fine handling everything I was throwing at it. In other words I didn't see any benefit to replacing this machine and I was the one using it. That has to part of what is killing sales.
There was nothing to be gained by purchasing a new machine or a new OS. I suspect my experience was typical of millions of users. I may still be using this I7 I bought for my personal use ten years from now!
Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:58 PM
I agree with the last two paragraphs :-)
Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:01 PM
The reference designs shown by intel were pretty good, infact more refreshing than those from a lot of hardware makers.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:22 AM
Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:34 AM
Quite to the contrary on the latter, and in support of the former...I've recently taken a couple of clunkers (athlon, turion) struggling through the likes of Vista and 7, and not doing much better with XP, and stuck windows 8 on them and they run faster than ever--making me wish I hadn't bothered to buy my ivy i7 a month prior, as the speed difference is minimal-- I then went ahead and threw windows 8 on a couple of netbooks (atom, trinity) running windows 7 okay, and now they're humming workhorses.
Windows 8 may have the most unintuitive interface to ever hit a phone, let alone a PC, but once you get out of the Metro it drives like a vintage Corvette...so if you've got the drivers for it (interestingly, my new Dell i7 does not, as alluded in my other post about the lack of drivers for Intel USB 3.0 chipsets (you can run windows 7 intel usb 3.0 drivers in an unstable compatibility mode if you edit the driver descriptors)), Windows 8 makes hardware upgrades pointless for anything with a 1ghz+ processor and a directx 9+ compatible video card.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:42 AM
Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:01 AM
I really do think that the need for a honking desktop is limited - perhaps if desktops were engineered like laptops where there is serious space constraints but more intelligent design, desktops would have a better chance. There is no need for 90% of the desktops to have honking sized graphics cards and with the new chips, much of that power is going to the cpu anyway. Hard drives can be laptop sized or SSD and the overall footprint can shrink immensely - laptop dvd drives work just fine. While I love my two towers, I have several laptops that can outperform them and are just as dependable. Let's resize the desktop to make it less of a brick and more of a useful machine.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:09 PM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:33 AM
Intel Motherboards are actually manufactured by Foxconn... Just sayin