Originally Posted by Wasagi
What is the benefit of the socket?
If you buy the low-cost version with EC030 processor, you can exchange the CPU for a full 030 with MMU - you'll lose warranty, but you'd have an MMU. In case you have a spare 68030 CPU floating around, and you are a programmer in need of an MMU to run enforcer or other debugging tools, you can do the swap without soldering.
Users on the German forum convinced me that it's a bad idea to solder the CPUs. I figured it's better to have sockets on there rather than being lynched at the next meeting ;-)