Remember how back in 2008 you couldn’t use a computer from 1999 for much of anything and you could not run 2008 software on a 1999 machine for the most part? Meanwhile even though a Core 2 Duo machine would indeed be slow, for everyday non-gaming use, is it not still usable? People still be rocking their i5 2500K and i7 2600K despite being old CPUs.
I thought about this after reading up on a crowd-funded project called EOMA68 which looks like a very interesting computer product although it’s specs isn’t too telling. I also was thought provoked from reading those two articles. I think this project is still a fun project and seeing stuff like I seen on CrowdFunded really motivates me as an engineer.
This goes back to the question about the CPU market being stagnant being a weird blessing in disguise, it sounds like the most hilarious defense for Intel (and AMD since you know, Vega still couldn’t outperform Pascal) and I do have a need for some speed. Reason why I mention this is how wasteful it is to throw away a perfectly usable machine. At least with desktops though it’s a matter of replacing parts like the GPU, HDD, PSU, and others except for RAM, CPU and Motherboard which change faster. Like I was able to upgrade from an A4 5300B to an A10 7860K on an APU build but good luck putting Ryzen in that machine, I would need a new motherboard, new RAM (holy fuck the prices of RAM suck now) and probably a GPU if I am not going for Raven Ridge.
I still kept my Core 2 Duo laptop until it stopped working, my parents kept that beastly Core 2 Quad computer until it stopped working, I am still keeping the Dell Latitude laptop and Surface Pro 2 in the house when my new laptop comes soon until they stop working, especially since I have so many things to try out like Qubes OS and whatnot. Same with phones, I am still on a Galaxy S5 Active (My previous 2 phones were the Galaxy S and Galaxy S3) and I still kept my Galaxy S3 and even my deceased first gen Galaxy S.