Not content with just FIVE processor sockets (LGA775/1156/1155/1366/2011), Intel is preparing to launch the 'Haswell' processor in socket LGA1150 for the upcoming Intel Z87, H87, B85, H81 chipsets. VR-Zone reports the first Intel Z87 and Intel H87 motherboards will be on display at CeBIT 2013 in Germany. Intel 'Haswell' CPUs are expected to launch at Computex 2013 in June.
Motherboard makers may be ready for the new generation of Intel processors and chipsets, but are consumers?
All Intel 8-series chipsets will support the new Intel socket LGA 1150 which will not be compatible with any existing CPU currently available, leading to one hell of a confusing market place in our opinion.
Worst of all for the PC industry - and perhaps the death null for hardware review sites - is that after the Intel Z87 chipset VR-Zone reports that "future processors will be soldered on board and most likely you won’t have much of a chance but to get a board with CPU together as a ‘bundle’"
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