Intel CEO says that you’re not going to upgrade your PC for a long time now
If you’re looking to upgrade your PC, then it looks like Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich has some words that he’d like you to listen:
“The replacement cycle for the PC has extended. Four years was the average, now it has moved to about five to six years. Right now, it’s easier to move your phone to a new phone than your PC to a new PC. We’ve got to go fix some of those things.”
There are several reasons why the PC market has slowed down. First off, if you take a look at the performance differences between the processors of each new architecture (this would be between i7-5820K vs. i7-6820K), there is not much difference to them if you decide to run somewhat taxing applications and programs on them. Sure, those synthetics and occasional gaming benchmarks might have a different story to tell, but at the end of the day, those are not based on real-world performance.
Also, PC upgrades have slowed because current operating systems can run well on older Intel-based PCs. Five years ago, Intel shipped Core processors code-named Sandy Bridge, and they can capably run Microsoft’s Windows 10 and have shown to be overclocking champs, if you’re running low on processing performance.
Also, since PC components are completely replaceable, you are not required to replace the entire system in the event that one component ends up going haywire. Consumers can replace that particular component that is giving them the annoyance and then, they can be on their merry way. If Intel really want to start giving consumers a reason why they should upgrade, it should not just be because their current processor is incompatible with the new motherboard’s socket. Intel should manufacturer processors in a way that they can deliver better real-world performance when pitted against their predecessors.
Only then will consumers actually feel that they should upgrade their PC, if it fits in their budget of course.