The recurring death of the desktop




The recurring death of the desktop

RIP desktop It has been a tradition, the PC is ostracized by analysts in the hardware industry. No year is however so hard from the rooftops called as this year. This time would be the PC really dead and buried. As is usually the time to take stock. At the end of the year This year is no different, so we look at how the PC is actually dead.

In addition, we make a tour along the famous big players in the PC market and we look at the major developments in this segment. We can not go to other developments such as the increasing role of laptops, but also other portable hardware, such as tablets and even play phones. However, shifts in the manifestations of the hardware we use are not the only factor, nor what we find in the hardware, evolving steadily.

Thus, we should see some chip manufacturers AMD and Intel have done this year and the increasing market penetration of solid state drives also an important development in the PC market. Games play an increasingly prominent role on PCs, making the PC has become a formidable competitor consoles. Video card manufacturers are particularly keen on the PC gamer and are assisted by AMD and Nvidia, which introduce new generations ever quicker succession. The recurring death of the desktop

By Willem de Moor , Saturday, December 28, 2013 08:00, comments: 168 , Views: 135,096 • Feedback
A round of components

It’s hard to say which innovation in the components market was now truly remarkable and the desktop could give a new impetus. The power of the processors in PCs will indeed constantly, but to be honest, not a world of difference. Makes it all A PC from say two or three years ago may be some processing power is concerned still fine to come with the latest generation of CPUs.

Haswell box Intel, a little later than many hoped, so halfway through the year, Haswell-generation Core processors released . This new microarchitecture, like the previous Ivy Bridge chips, manufactured at 22nm, but in everyday use, the processors are not much faster than the generation before. The speed gain of a few percent is not shocking, and the power consumption is uncharacteristically even increased. In contrast, jobs chips a way for future generations, which include DDR4 memory must be supported with a powerful onboard GPU and a comprehensive instruction set.

Trinity box AMD’s success with its accellerated processing units, known as APUs, expanded this year and is now using the third generation of the technology. In this generation, codenamed Kaveri, must the first month of 2014 waiting to be. In 2013, the Trinity-generation got an update to Richland, with enhanced Piledriver CPU cores, faster and more economical. In the field of high-end desktop processors, the FX series, AMD has thrown in the towel, so it seems. In the course of 2013 some FX CPUs have been released, including the highly clocked FX-9370 and FX-9590, but for 2014 and 2015 would not have FX products are planned.
Video Cards

With AMD and Nvidia graphics cards troefden together again in 2013 on old-fashioned. It began with the HD 7790 from AMD, which in March had given the budget conscious gamer. towards the red camp For the higher end Nvidia came with the GTX Titan , a card that was actually meant for supercomputers, and later with the GTX 780 , which was based on the Titan. AMD continued his own monster card in front. The HD 7990 was indeed the fastest video card, but needs. two GPUs Nvidia GeForce Titan

After topkaarten Titan GTX and GTX 780 Nvidia also introduced for the less wealthy gamers new maps. The GTX 770 , basically a glorified GTX 680 and the GTX 760 followed for the mainstream market and had to compete against AMD’s Radeons such as the HD 7970 and HD 7950. They did so successfully.

AMD waited until the autumn of 2013 to his latest series, Volcanic Islands, to come. The first cards from that series, the R9 280X and 270x , were not spectacular, but the flagship R9 290x , was. This card was Nvidia’s fastest cards, the GTX 780 and GTX Titan, on his knees and did that for a lot lower price.

At the very end of this year, Nvidia recaptured the trophy for fastest card when the GTX 780 Ti introduced. That map shows itself also ideal for overclocking, but cost a bit more than the red card. So the ball is back at AMD, which may try to outdo speed. Nvidia Nvidia can now play with the prices to keep his cards. Interesting

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The recurring death of the desktop

By Willem de Moor , Saturday, December 28, 2013 08:00, comments: 168 , Views: 135,096 • Feedback
Solid state disks: Addictive

Mtron Mobi 3000 450px Almost anyone who has ever worked with a PC or laptop which is a solid state disk, still wants to return to a system with old hard drive. The responsiveness of a computer with SSD is a luxury that you can not go out soon. The only downside is: luxury costs money, and that goes for SSDs. The first SSD that Tweakers tested , now been five years ago, were almost obscenely expensive and they offered, especially compared to the current generation of drives, not even such great achievements.

Meanwhile ssd’s working on a steady rise. The drives with no moving parts, no noise and less heat generation are already no longer only the PCs of the die-hard tweaker. The early adopters of the mainstream segment increasingly opt for an SSD and who buys a high-end laptop, gets an SSD with. The prices pockets and with it comes a SSD increasingly within budget. So we could have a year or two ago, recommend a SSD in the more budget-friendly Best Buy Guide-systems, but today is even in the budget desktop system, though a small SSD.

One of the main catalysts of the price declines should be Samsung. Thanks so-called vertical integration, this company can offer SSDs for relatively low prices. Because the company itself, the production of memory chips, the controller and the assembly for his account, the prices are lower than those of competitors who only part or none of the components making itself. With the introduction of the 840 EVO series , in mid-2013, Samsung showed that it can take. fastest SSDs on the market for relatively low prices Samsung 840 EVO pcb

The competition is not standing still, but for the South Koreans have all the cards. Marvell sells do offer an interesting controller, but it hardly provides firmware. The easiest way to sell SSDs is therefore a SandForce controller as interpretative and combine it with memory choice. This resulted in 2013 but very exciting product introductions and we eagerly await the new SandForce controller, which in 2014 should be higher speeds possible.

Next page (Competition for the desktop – 4/5) Competition for the desktop

In the introduction we gave it all in, the desktop has the difficult and that is a significant understatement. Does this mean that there is an end to the days of the desktop and the tweaker that housing has an open stand to tinker? Note on his desk For now it will not be so bad, we think, but there are undoubtedly going shifts that have profound impact on PC makers. One of the most important, of course, is the portable computer. Internetgebruik apparatuur

For one manufacturer makes little difference whether the portable computer is a laptop, a tablet or a phone, but for others it much. A memory manufacturer can quite easily create modules for laptops instead of PCs and SSDs are pouring. Smaller sizes as mSATA drives PC makers are struggling. However, Their form factor declined sharply in popularity and sales fall. A company like Intel has so little easier than a PC builder. The generation Haswell processors where we talked about, is not great for the desktop, but all the better for laptops and derived form factors. The chips are more economical, more integrated and actually designed for portable systems such as laptops and tablets. AMD late FX series for what it is, but does come with energy efficient APUs for tablets, laptops and convertibles.

Where the real problems lie for a company like Intel or AMD, is the tablet or smartphone. These devices are powered by system-on-a-chip, short socs. The market is dominated by Samsung socs with the Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon-socs, and of course by Apple with the A series socs. They have one thing in common and differences from AMD and Intel: the ARM architecture. That is a formidable competitor to traditional chip manufacturers, especially now socs have become so powerful.

ARM Powered logo AMD and Intel therefore conduct a war on two fronts. On the one hand they make themselves very efficient socs based on the x86 architecture, such as saving or Haswell or Silver Mont-socs, and Kabini or Temash-socs. On the other hand, both companies aim to conquer. A piece of the pie ARM AMD begins gently with server chips on the ARM architecture, while Intel part of its production used to ARM products for third parties to produce . In both cases, the chip makers gain valuable experience with a new architecture for them.

Next page (Conclusion: reincarnated – 5/5) Conclusion: reincarnated

Seen in the whole of personal computers, in the broadest sense of the word, it seems grossly exaggerated to explain the PC dead. The personal computer simply gets a different appearance, like all technology evolves. We have come a long way from large mainframes that could be used. By a handful of engineers IBM 360 mainframe

Who once had a beige IBM Compatible personal computer, now has a PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone around. A household has more than one computer, which, depending on its intended purpose, has a suitable form factor. On the go is a handy smartphone, a tablet on the couch and a laptop on the dining table. Often a desktop still serves as a central hub to edit photos to download content with and of course to play.

Whether that will change in the coming years, it is obviously not foreseeable. It is expected that we will get more hardware that will be, but a personal desktop, with associated components and races between manufacturers, we hold for now. What that struggle between manufacturers in 2014 also gives the consumer will be the winner, with better hardware at lower prices.


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