According to allegedly leaked information regarding the 14nm Broadwell CPU; the future of Intel processors will no longer be on an independent scale, with processors already mounted using BGA – effectively, the CPUs would be soldered into the motherboard.
Whilst chances are a damaged CPU will also damage the motherboard, the variations consumers have when it comes to CPU/Motherboard purchases is a very serious preference and one that should always be taken into account if you plan on upgrading the CPU or Motherboard within the future. Many people realise their CPU is brilliant but there motherboard is bottlenecking the computer and so they opt for another board – something that may become a thing of the past.
Intel have already begun rolling out the Next Unit of Computing (NUC) barebones kits with permanently integrated processors and if they really are planning on limiting the desktop market with non-user-customisable MB/CPU configurations then it will be interesting to see if AMD follows suit. Would this essentially end the CPU socket?