congatec has launched COM-HPC and COM Express Computer-on-Modules based on the 13th Gen Intel Core processors in BGA assembly.
This engineer's gamble on an "open box" AMD high-end desktop PC microprocessor didn't pan out for his planned high-end desktop (HEDT) build.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Time and time again, irreparable system damage has been the fundamental motivation for a teardown, and a (dramatically) defunct Insteon power line modem has this engineer doing post-mortem analysis once again.
A looming birthday, coupled with pessimism that component prices would drop to reasonable levels any time soon, leads to the planning for yet another PC build.
After choosing the CPUs for upcoming PC builds, this engineer turns his attention to their motherboards, and to the core logic contained on them.