Intel to exit desktop motherboard business after Haswell

By Shawn Knight ยท 24 replies
Jan 23, 2013
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  1. Intel has announced plans to shutter their retail motherboard business after more than 20 years on the job. The chip maker informed a number of tech publications of the decision late yesterday, stating that there will be no more retail...

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  2. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    I have an intel mobo kinda sad to seem them leave.
  3. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    Hopefully they'll still print workstation boards.
  4. jizzyburnizzy

    jizzyburnizzy TS Enthusiast Posts: 61   +7

    Wow very surprised to hear this as Intel actually sells a lot of mobo's
  5. Well that's disappointing. I was considering getting an Intel board since they were so renowned for their stability. Guess I'll probably end up getting Gigabyte or Asus.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It doesn't comes as any surprise. Their mobo division is very tiny (for Intel standards) and it's staff will absorbed into Intel's greater scheme of things (like taking over the world). Although it never ran at a loss it wasn't all that profitable. There are plenty of capable mobo makers out there so it's not a disaster by any means.
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    To be honest, Intel hasn't been very relevant to me personally in the motherboard arena for over a decade. I think one of my first home built PCs had an Intel mobo, but since then it's always been other manufacturers. The only exceptions to this have been a few Atom-based motherboards that I've put together for some more custom embedded systems, but those probably wouldn't tend to fall into Intel's definition of "desktop motherboard" anyhow.
  8. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 383   +54

    Agreed. Motherboards always seemed to be the domain of the main players like Asus and Gigabyte. Intel's boards were made mostly for people and businesses that just wanted Intel's name on the mainboard as well as the processor. It's not surprising that they're exiting the business and it's not cause for panic.
  9. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    I can't say I have ever ordered an Intel Mobo - always been a third party like Asus, Gigabyte, AsRock or MSI.
  10. Intel make/made mobos?

    No. Really. This is news to me, and I'm the kind of guy that reads Techspot...
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520

    I thought the plot would be to buy a Foxconn, since AFAIK, that's who is, or was, manufacturing them.

    Intel "made" boards for many years. However, they had very limited BIOS options, and all but a select few, were prevented from overclocking. So, they weren't embraced by the enthusiast market. In fact, they were pretty much avoided like the plague. Good product though.
  12. Yeah, if you go to Newegg or similar and search for motherboards with recent Intel chipsets you'll likely find a few Intel-made boards. But they've always been kind of rare. There usually aren't a lot of options and the Asus/Asrock/Gigabyte/etc. boards are usually just as good or better choices, so this really isn't much of an issue.
  13. I may be wrong on this...but aren't the other 3rd party motherboards based off of the Intel designed boards? Just with different features and optimizations? If so, what would this mean for the stability of future products released by ASUS,Gigabyte, etc? Could it mean proprietary motherboards with new form factors?
  14. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,066   +427

    I honestly don't care about this at all. ASRock and Asus tend to be my choice brands for motherboards.
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520

    Well if it's an "Intel" board, it's a Intel chipset. For example, Intel manufactures an "H66" chipset, the other manufacturers buy those ICs, and solder them into what's is basically a template derived from Intel design specs. Is that what you mean?

    It would mean nothing for performance of the chipsets. They just wouldn't have Foxconn solder them into boards marketed as an "Intel" branded board.

    Most aftermarket makers, offer boards with higher performance capability than Intel anyway, whose boards are restricted for stability and long term reliability. Intel won't let you void the warranty by "abusing their boards, trying to milk more performance out of them.

    Universal "Plug and Play" requires form factors be standardized. New form factors could be produced, but in the end, everybody in the industry would need to be involved, since people need to build cases to accommodate them, heat sinks to clamp onto them, etc. Not to mention the electronic specs involved with I/O operations.

    If you're the Apple corp, it seems you can do whatever suits you, since it's a closed system. Which has changed a bit, because Apple found their CPUs couldn't compete with Intel's.

    Does that answer your question?
  17. Intel will be first, then others OEMs follow them...
    two years more... you'll see !!!
  18. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 568   +241

    I have had 3 different mobos from them and no complain on quality, just on the lack of features on-board and BIOS settings; one of them was from the "Media Series" (DP35DP) and a colleague still has a PC with that board and we both agree it was a good buy, not the best of the options at the time, but a very good one.

    I've seen some of similar chipset-based boards of Gigabyte (in the budget zone) causing a lot of BSODs with the default BIOS settings and even after "correcting them" needing to update the BIOS version, even some headaches with specific amount of RAM and OS [one had a bug that caused a BSOD during W7 installation because it had 3 GB of RAM -same brand and frequency, no problems in other mobo; had to update BIOS to work well with the 3 GB].

    The only ones I wouldn't ever buy are the Intel "Extreme Series" ones, very expensive and clearly with a lot less features and slots compared to mobos from ASUS or Gigabyte in those prices.
  19. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    I had an Intel motherboard once and really liked it. My preferred choice of brand is Gigabyte however.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520

    No kidding. The board in my eMachines T-5026 is ostensibly a slightly modified Intel 915. I'm looking forward to celebrating its 8th birthday this coming Valentine's Day.

    That computer has, honest to God, never pitched up a blue screen in all the time I've had it...!

    (Anything I've built though, has a Gigabyte board in it).
  21. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    My PC still has an Intel board DG43 (something, forgot that because I've used it only 2/3 times in 2012), and it was a replacement board for DP35DP (a very good option in its days *nerd* ) but for those who don't care for OC. I'd say Intel boards were very good/stable+durable and competitively priced.
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    I'll have to agree with everyone one Intel's quality. I've never had any issues while using their motherboards. However as CaptainCranky mentioned they were pre-builts that included the Intel motherboards.
  23. havok585

    havok585 TS Booster Posts: 155   +27

    All mobos have some chips from intel, that's for sure ! Now let's see what the other players are going to implement as extra hence one manufacturer wont be supplying !
  24. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 929   +31

    Years ago used D946GZIS board and it failed within 2 years. switched it with Gigabyte. also used GB for newer build.
  25. Damia

    Damia TS Rookie

    Theres nothing to worry here...Intel boards had there own durability issues..most peoples recommend Asus..practicaly I know intel boards doesnt get the built quality of asus.....I never used intel board for my personal uses (only for some customer needs) only gigabyte asrock and now I used asus .....

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