For the last few years, Intel has focused primarily on its mobile CPUs—its chips for laptops, Ultrabooks, tablets, and phones have generated more attention than their high-end desktop lineup. But yesterday Intel threw a bone to the desktop-building, CPU-overclocking desktop set in the form of a few new high-end chips that will go on sale later this year.
Back in the day, when “laptops” weighed 12 pounds and cost three grand, I built my own desktop machines and overclocked the crap out of everything. Given that it might take an hour to download a one meg file from the net, you did everything you could to speed up everything else. And even with all that, you spent way more time waiting…and waiting…and waiting,.. for something simple to load.
I don’t bother anymore. In fact, I don’t even have a desktop any more. I can see why gamers and a few other high intensity users would do so, but I just can’t see this as a significant market.
In fact, nowadays is seems something like building your own microwave or refrigerator. It’s possible, but why bother?