I've historically purchased Intel boards on the theory that these were the reference standard, and might not have the whiz-bang features of the competition, but they'd be reliable and stable. The Intel hardware has indeed performed well for me; however the BIOS has been troubled, with interim updates seeming to break as many things as they fix. I'd been thinking maybe Intel didn't really have its heart in the motherboard line; if they're exiting the business, then I guess that's indeed the case.
Intel said that they will produce motherboards for the upcoming 4th gen Core processors (Haswell) that is expected to happen this June, but that will be the final platform with boards that were made entirely by Intel. This only impacts the end user, channel, and desktop board business teams. Intel will continue to make server and workstation boards for enterprise and business customers.
stephenb.b.r: Maybe they should keep the Extreme Series with them producing maybe two boards 1 for the X based chipset eg only 1 X79 motherboard and 1 based on the Z chipset eg only 1 Z77 Motherboard and they should be the only boards and have all the features the chipset can support. So only two Extreme Series Board should be produced per generation nothing more nothing less, i wish they read this.
This! I agree with this statement! It's a long way till 2016, and maybe they surprice us with 1-2 good motherboards. After all the motherboard market can still not be ignored. There are many Intel Fans out there and they know it at Intel. I am a DZ68DB owner and I like this board more than any other I have used in the past. Intel may decrease the number of branded motherboards significally but not entirely shut down the bussiness. After all who knows what happens if the Intel branded Haswell Boards turn out to be a success. There is always time and space for new good motherboards.