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  • Intel Coffee Lake 6-core (Out Now)

    Hmm.. Using their PC for 3-5 years.

    Ivy Bridge is just a hair over 5 years old now.

    I'd agree, with the historical cadence of hardware releases, that most people would have felt the need to upgrade something every 2-4 years. And people who built Ivy-based rigs probably have upgraded a video card or storage between then and now.

    But CPU/Motherboards - not all that much has changed. We have USB 3.1 (and maybe even 3.2) now, but even today's motherboards don't support that terribly well. M.2/NVMe is starting to take off, maybe. Intel is certainly pushing Optane now. But all of that can be added via PCI to older systems if you needed it.

    So I don't know. I can understand the itch to just build something new. But I still don't see a strong value case to upgrade a gaming rig from anything Sandy Bridge or later just yet.

    The article sounds like an excuse for Intel to push the 370 chipset - people who would be buying 8000 series CPUs wouldn't be coming from 170 or 270 chipsets yet, it's only the older systems. That isn't entirely true - a lot of people do like the option of a drop-in upgrade. The issue here is, it's not really a drop-in upgrade, it's more or less the same thing that has been available since Skylake first came out, plus two cores. Everyone is mad because they can't get those two extra cores without also getting the new motherboard and everything else that goes with it.

    Shoot, a couple of years ago AMD released a 220W 8 Core CPU on legacy AM3+ socket. They didn't need to "upgrade the power delivery" for that - you could (at your own peril) drop it into the same motherboard that 4100 ran on, and run the 9590 on it without AMD requiring a new motherboard -- just because there is no reason except the charge additional money for a new chipset to do that.
  • AMD Vega GPUs will launch "over the next couple of months".

    Quizzical said:
    I predict that at least one but not all three of the following will happen:

    1)  A Radeon RX Vega will be faster than a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
    2)  A Radeon RX Vega will be cheaper than a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
    3)  All of the Radeon RX Vega cards will quickly be bought up by Ethereum miners.
    If you replace RX Vega with Fury X (and 1080 TI with 980 Ti) (and Etherium with Bitcoin) - all 3 statements that generation proved false.
  • Intel Coffee Lake 6-core (Out Now)

    I'm always astounded at how many people say they stream frequently, or list it as a priority.

    I've never done it, I have no ambition to do it, (I don't have the bandwidth to do it), and I don't really care to watch other people play games when I could be playing them myself. I think I'm too old to "get it".
  • Final Fantasy XIV - Patch 4.01 or How Not to Solve AFKers in PvP - MMORPG.com

    I haven't read patch notes, but ~maybe~

    Just maybe they dropped the PvP XP because it was too high across the board, and not really anything directly to do with AFKers.