A Bridge too far: migrating from Sandy to Kaby Lake

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You ever wonder why the PC market is dying?  Well, I'll give you a hint there are three major factors.

Game Consoles
Mobile Hardware

The hardware locked game console didn't allow games to progress fast enough to take advantage of the latest PC hardware developments.  At the time game developers were pushed (using incentives from Microsoft and Sony) to develop games for the console first and then port them to the PC.  It made them rich and created lackluster titles that didn't need a modern computer to run. 

Mobile Hardware, the jewelry of the Millennial, has largely replaced a reason to own a basic PC in the home.  They can do all the basic stuff like surf the web and check email, which is good.  The cost of a new PC vs a tablet also plays into this since we have been conditioned concern ourselves with cost over the quality of our electronics. 

Performance is the final peice of the puzzle which is largely related to the previous two statements.  Modern PCs are FAST, in fact too fast considering that you can run all modern applications on 8 year old hardware.  Because of this people hold on to old gear longer than they should.

All of that is further perpetuated by hardware sites, like Hardware Asylum, who are tasked to answer the defacto question "Should I upgrade?"  As hardware enthusiasts my/our answer is always going to be "yes" but, only because you asked. 

It would seem that someone over at Tech Report is helping to kill the PC market by telling people that the old 2000 series Sandy Bridge is enough.  They aren't wrong but, that doesn't make it right either.

After nearly six years and countless posts about how my i7-2600K was still good enough, I decided that I'd had enough of good enough when we published our Core i7-7700K review. It was time to upgrade my PC, and I recently completed my new build. I can hear the palms contacting faces already. "Fish, you idiot, Ryzen is almost here! You should have waited." That could be, but I won't be buffaloed into second-guessing my decision. As it happens, I'm quite pleased with the results and I'm pretty confident that Ryzen couldn't do any better.

You have to wonder if articles like this really help the hardware effort or are simply making things worse for everyone.

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