Trying to keep up with emerging PC technology is akin to a dog chasing its own tail, ain’t never going to happen! We decide to update our aging PC, happy with the prospect of finally getting our hands on the latest and greatest technology, blissfully unaware that what we are getting is often already destined for extinction.
I’ve just been reading an article discussing the introduction of the new UBS 3.1 standard, which is reputed to be twice as fast as the previous USB technology. According to the ComputerWorld article, MSI recently announced a new motherboard that will support AMD processors and the USB 3.1 protocol, while Gigabyte, ASRock and Asus, have all recently released new motherboards which support USB 3.1 and Intel chips.
This means that every PC currently held in stock by stores, plus existing motherboards held in stock by custom builders, are already superseded, passé, old hat, call it what you will.
What with DDR4 somewhere on the horizon, new universal Type-C USB connectors already being implemented, and new types of both volatile and non-volatile memory on the drawing board, knowing when to purchase a new PC is near enough to mission impossible.
Here’s what I reckon; you are never going to keep up with it all, no matter what. If you wait for one emerging technology to finally hit the shelves, there is bound to be something new again just around the corner. When I bought my current main PC, I went for one of the best “E” series Intel processors available at that time. About 3 months later, Intel introduced its brand new range of improved “i” series processors. Yes, I was p*ssed!
That was getting on for 6 years ago and since that time we’ve seen DDR2 move on to DDR3, USB 2.0 move on to USB 3.0, plus the advent of SSD technology over traditional platter hard drives. Already, in terms of computer technology, my main machine resembles something out of the Ark, such is the level of advancements.
But, you know what, the old beast is still pretty quick. Sure, I get a little frustrated at times with USB 2.0’s comparatively slow transfer rates but overall, the old machine still performs well enough for my humble requirements. It’s just now starting to show signs of capitulation and I’m planning on buying a new machine shortly. Will I wait for emerging technology to arrive? No, that’s an exercise in futility, one which could easily see a new buyer waiting forever.
One of the things that really annoys me at the moment is when manufacturers put together a really nice high-end machine – with say a high-range i5 to mid-range i7 Intel CPU, a nice dedicated graphic card, 8GB RAM – and then stick in an old platter type hard drive. Why they would build a nice fast machine and not complete it with an SSD is beyond me, although I guess cost would be a factor. Still, anyone looking for that particular type of machine would surely not be happy with 3/4 of the job.
Anyway, I guess these are just some of the elements that see our frustrations intermingled with our love for these infernal machines.
*By the way: the problem of trying to keep up with the latest technology is exacerbated here in Australia where we are seemingly always at least 6 – 8 months behind the U.S.