CyrixIII-CPGA the way to go for OEM

MadRat

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CPGA demo

With processor speeds reaching 1gHz even in the Cyrix machines the idea of too slow of CPU is absurd. Most OEM machines have sub-par gaming level performance anyways and are not worth upgrading. The CyrixIII seems to run most applications more than adequate for the average PC newbie.

The new CPGA by VIA is soldered into motherboards just like the OEM chips of the early 1990's. And why not? They cut down quite a bit on the overall cost by doing this style of packaging. It may seem pretty restrictive since an upgrade would be impossible, but does it really matter to most people that opt for cheap OEM machines?
 

MGMorden

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I think this could be a really good thing for the very cheap PC's (the ones Dell and Gateway allways show on their tv ads :)). Afterall the onboard video and onboard sound can't be upgraded, so why worry about the onboard cpu either? I know a lot of people around here (admittedly I live in a "rural", some would say backwards, area) that still have no computers because they say they cost too much. Every little bit of cost that can be reduced helps.
 

MichaelD

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The only thing is see wrong w/this is that if the CPU dies, you'll have to replace the whole shebang. Otherwise, I think that reliable, completely integrated all in one mobos are a great idea. NForce, anyone? :)
 

Recneps

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Micheal have you ever seen the tech support guy that come and replace the parts when they breack under warrenty? If the CPU is blown on a normal motherboard in a socket then I would guess there is about a 50% chance that the tech would blow the motherboard and or the CPU.
 

MadRat

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We are talking OEM machine here. Six days after warranty expires they all go kaput! ;)