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Hey Guys,

Something I noticed in retail pc's........they are typically these days touting 8gb of ram and Core i5 or i7 processors at places like best buy, future shop and wal mart........

But really the average user won't take full advantage of the full 8 gb and all processor cores on an i7......

It would seem to me that the average user would probably enjoy snappier response with an ultrafast hard drive configuration........yet we don't really see this emphasized at all.

Am I missing something or is this a profit/advertising thing.
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post #2 of 11
Those are the only numbers that mean anything to the average consumer. They don't know anything about architectural differences, all they know and look for is higher clock frequency on CPU, more RAM, and more cores. It's advertising at its best.
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post #3 of 11
Advertising, you got it. Like GPU RAM, it's the most easily identifiable spec, and one that almost guarenteed to stay in the same format, while improving every year.
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post #4 of 11
Quite simply just marketing, there's tons of details we could get in to.

Simplest explanation I can come up with myself is to come out with a line of retail PC's with high specs that you can mass-produce and sell tons of, and if the specs are high enough, you can continue to sell them for a while.

Where as if they just sold what the customer needed, they wouldn't be able to sell as many and therefore not mass-produce as many and profits would go down.



Also when a high-end part breaks out of warranty, its much more costly to replace which will lead a un-informed consumer to just buy a new computer.
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post #5 of 11
People look at numbers they understand 2-4-8 is a lot easier to understand for the average consumer. Besides last years model had 4 gigs, has to be better right?
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post #6 of 11
What else would you have them tout? 300W commodity PSU?
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by roleki View Post

What else would you have them tout? 300W commodity PSU?

They could tout storage performance as mothrpe suggested. I think the reason this isn't done is because there was never an emphasis on HDD performance, if they started now people might think it's gimmicky and not as big a deal. Most people barely know what CPU model or graphics card they have, let alone what kind of HDD (or SSD) is in their system.
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What else would you have them tout? 300W commodity PSU?

Yeah, I remember my days working at Staples, trying to *honestly* sell the customer what they need is impossible. Always have to resort to *This has the highest speed of any of our models in this price range and it future-proof* :/
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by axipher View Post

Yeah, I remember my days working at Staples, trying to *honestly* sell the customer what they need is impossible. Always have to resort to *This has the highest speed of any of our models in this price range and it future-proof* :/

agreed... not all comsumers r like us here on this site.
most people felt into those funny future proof marketing scams. even know they can't get the full advantage of what they r buying.

like i lived in NYC. around 2 years ago. the most fastest comsumer internet speed was around 10MB down.
but almost every best n stable sales those stupid 100Mb wireless adapters for crazy high price, which u can always get them elswhere for 10~20 .
post #10 of 11
i've never had to sell pc's retail, but i have had to sell phones and trying to explain to customers why one phone is better than the other is freaking miserable.

the average consumer doesn't understand the difference between a smartphone's storage space and ram. they also don't understand that clock speed isn't everything--the tegra 2 at 1GHz outperforms a snapdragon at 1.2GHz.

i always end up resorting to, "Well this one has a better camera and motorola makes a great phone."

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