For the most part, most PC enthusiast builders turn to third party companies such as ASUS, Gigabyte and etc. when it comes to their motherboards, but for those who actually prefer going with Intel, a report from Anandtech has revealed that Intel has outlined their plans to begin ramping down the production of desktop motherboards. Apparently the Intel Haswell will be the last generation platform where Intel will develop complementary motherboards. However Intel will continue the development of desktop CPUs for third-party manufacturers, such as ASUS, Gigabyte and ASRock to name a few.
Apparently this was brought about by the shift of focus to more mobile devices, such as Ultrabooks, tablets and smartphones, not to mention with all-in-one desktop systems getting slimmer by the year (think 2012’s iMac). It seems that Intel did not manage to generate much profit from its motherboard line to begin with, so this isn’t a total loss for the company. Intel is said to focus their efforts on creating reference designs for Ultrabooks and tablets.