Now I am no expert on the matters of marketing and such, nor company decisions but I did want to make a post about something that does effect me in one way or another.
Intel leaving the Motherboard business does give me some cause for anger. I have been faithful to purchasing Intel Branded boards for as many years as I have been building computers. While the didn't always garner the same feature set as contemporary boards of the time they did have one key selling feature, at least to me. Rock solid stability. Throughout the years, and many RMA's in my time with all the various manufacturers Intel never let me down once. Since the old Prescott till now I have had nothing but success in using their products, but alas that comes to a sharp close with the dawn of Haswell.
I find it hard to believe that they cannot compete, given the strong financial portfolio that the company maintains along with have such a solid partner ship with Foxconn (whom is the OEM for their Main Boards).
Sure there exists competition out there but they have in the past always been able to perform in the environment. It would be nice to see them change their minds and bring new and exciting products to market.
Sadly, I don't think I'll ever see this. So I will keep the boards I have as a testament to the company that once was, and is no longer.