I’m not an average PC user and I suspect on this forum I’m not the only one. I began my computing experience in 1978 on a Commodore PET with notched cassette tape for storage. Since then, I’ve had at least three computers on the go at all times. Amiga 1000 / 3000, Pentium I, II, III, Athlon, Opteron, Bulldozer, Intel, Rasp Pi (numerous laptops, tablets and phones) and finally Threadripper.
Currently, I have a pair of Intel based HPE Gen10 Microservers with SSD’s for a home lab on a 10GB network with multiple NAS, Wifi and my 1950x TR workstation with 3090 as my daily driver. On my Threadripper system, I do video editing and conversion, VR (Vive Pro 2, soon to be a Varjo Aero), VM’s and gaming. Lately though the 16 core TR 1950x is starting to show it’s age.
Was looking forward to a 32-core Zen 3 5000 HEDT series update for my refreshed system, but it appears as if only the PRO line is coming out. While I have a generous budget compared to most, that’s going to sting if my only option is PRO 5000 (plus decent Mobo and RAM) to run it at peak.
The industry (and this is my opinion) seems to be forceably splitting enthusiasts into what I’ll call recreational and professional levels. The PRO level is expensive AF, where the recreational side has underpowered hardware for what I require. Threadripper 5000 HEDT was going to be my sweet spot for performance / cost, but this is no longer an option.
I’m finding myself in a state of limbo waiting for suitable options to appear.
Save a couple of announcements from Intel and NVIDIA for HEDT options, none of which are available yet and the inevitable new generations of TR Zen 4 / 5 / 6… I’ve been waiting 18 months for TR HEDT to come out. Now, it looks like I’m at least another year away from upgrading my system, maybe two.
Anyone else in the same boat? What options are you looking at?