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1) What were the best things to happen to computers over the last 10 years? What stands out most for you? What are your favorite memories?

From a general standpoint the best things to happen to computers over the last 10 years is accessibility. It is much more affordable to have a decent computer now than it was 10 years ago. Lately $500 goes a long way toward getting you a decent home-built machine. Technologies such as integrated GPUs and SSDs have greatly increased the performance of the average desktop. My favorite memories involve teaching my children technology and computers. They're as excited about new tech as I am and they will grow to not only appreciate it but to learn constantly.

2) Where do you think the next 10 years will take us? Will it be a good place for Overclockers and PC Gamers? Will desktop computers still be standard, or will our mobile overlords finally have their day?
Further miniaturization of technology will continue and we'll eventually be on quantum scales. Portable and wearable electronics will be the new "desktop" as we further integrate technology into our daily lives. I think there will always be a niche for overclocking and PC gaming, but unfortunately that's probably what it will remain.
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1) What were the best things to happen to computers over the last 10 years? What stands out most for you? What are your favorite memories?

Storage size is the biggest change in the past decade. HDDs come in Terrabytes now. Back in 2004, 80GB was plenty of space for anyone.
Today we have microSD cards that hold up to 256GB, with majority of consumers having 16 or 32GB cards in their phones/tablets.
I suppose the increase in cpu core count is also big, but not as much of an impact as the amount of data you can store today.


2) Where do you think the next 10 years will take us? Will it be a good place for Overclockers and PC Gamers? Will desktop computers still be standard, or will our mobile overlords finally have their day?
10 years from now I think touchscreen laptops might be the standard for casual gamers. Enthusiasts and serious gamers will still need desktops because games also increase in hardware requirements, just as hardware advances.
Mobile phones and tablets cant replace desktops and laptops because of the screen size. It doesnt matter if they can fit an i7 inside a phone, people like looking at a big screen.
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Personally, power consumption is ridiculous. I run a workstation with an intel xeon e3-1230v3 in it. It can operate on .6V. 1000W used to be mandatory if you wanted to run a top gaming rig. Now, you can drop a flagship processor and gpu on a deluxe mobo and if you're buying more than 600W it's more or less a waste. I mean come on, look an NVidia cards and tell me that's not mindblowing that a GTX 670 draws less power than a GTX 260 but with double the theoretical power and on a much smaller die. And then SSD! The price has dropped exponentially to the point where you can actually buy 1TB! AND UNDER $500! Ten years ago? HA, that was impossible at any price point to put in a consumer build.

I remember getting our first Dell, when they were all white case designs, and not snow white...not even eggshell. I'm talking about the white cases that looked like they sat in the sun for three years. I opened that bad boy up and dissected every part. Just before that time I remember overclocking being a standard button on computers. Jump from 500mhz to 833mhz or something like that. It was a rush. Oh, the death of the Pentium 4! Which also was the line that saw the birth of Hyperthreading. And building my first PC just a few years ago.

10 years from now? We'll see the last silicon chips come on the market. 2025 is Intels time table for quantum computing, stating that less than 4nm is pretty much impossible on a silicon die. My hope is that software catches up to hardware, particularly on the gaming front. Still can't find a game that can take advantage of a quad core processor. Some games can't even use a second gpu (GTA IV was one of them) and still til this day most games won't scale well past a second card. I sure would hope DDR5 would be a thing by then, or perhaps an integrated solution?
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post #94 of 107
1) What were the best things to happen to computers over the last 10 years? What stands out most for you? What are your favorite memories?

Whilst I can still remember gaming on an old XT computer at the age of three or four, I believe the biggest change in the last ten years has been the further proliferation of the internet. In terms of bandwidth and a much wider availability of information which in turn has not only made doing just about anything on a pc easier, it's also helped people access a much wider breadth of information. This I believe has really help enthusiasts make much more informed decisions and drive the market in ways that as whole have benefited the consumer. Basically people know more, and as a result are able to build better systems, and further to this if you release a poor product line people will know, and fast.


2) Where do you think the next 10 years will take us? Will it be a good place for Overclockers and PC Gamers? Will desktop computers still be standard, or will our mobile overlords finally have their day?

I think in the next ten years we're going to see much higher levels of integration, and maybe even integrated products that are marketed purely to certain market sectors. I wouldn't be surprised if within the next ten years there will be powerful APU units specifically tailored to their target audience. I think as long as there are people interested in tweaking with equipment and overclocking equipment it will be possible but I do think that the equipment we do that on could be quite different over the next ten years.
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Best thing to happen to computers in the past 10 years is, IMO, hard drive storage. Hosting a multimedia library is easily done, and for many people, the computer has been integrated into home theater or entertainment setups with little additional cost.

I do not believe desktop computers will survive. I think most will be small integrated chipsets that will handle multiple functions....like a big cell phone, but for home theater use.
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1) What were the best things to happen to computers over the last 10 years? What stands out most for you? What are your favorite memories?

The biggest thing for me is Size. Over the last 10 years we have seen chips go down to size of a grain of sand and maintain the same performance of its predecessor (in some cases even outperform) I mean come on how awesome is that. Reducing these sizes meant they could pack more onto a board which gives us larger and faster RAM, CPUs, GPUs, Etc. I Remember buying a 32mb USD back in 2004 for £10 (about $15) just last week I bought a 32GB for the same price and its smaller, It astounds me.

My most memorable moment would be making my first desktop, haha I hardly had a clue, I remember buying a motherboard with a 754 socket (and not knowing anything about socket types) bought an AMD Athlon II needing an am2 socket. I made a few mistake like that smile.gif but when it was all done and a pressed that button and the whole thing came to life that was the moment I knew I would work with Computers forever.


2) Where do you think the next 10 years will take us? Will it be a good place for Overclockers and PC Gamers? Will desktop computers still be standard, or will our mobile overlords finally have their day?

It's a given that sizes will continue to shrink and more chips will be packed onto boards until we reach a point where quantum physics start coming into it. Then we will see a rise in nano tech. Mobile computing will continue to grow tablets will get more powerful laptops and netbooks will possible decline (especially with attachable keyboards on tablets). Desktops will continue to grow and evolve into house hold HUBS where the family will stream music, movies and games on smaller devices (Steam Box) around the house.

Overclockers will endure, and continue to push hardware to its limits
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1) What were the best things to happen to computers over the last 10 years? What stands out most for you? What are your favorite memories?

1) Graphics card tech.

2) My Nvidia 3-D transmitter and glasses

3) When I bought my Commodore 64, when they first came out. Gotta luv that cassette drive ! biggrin.gif




2) Where do you think the next 10 years will take us? Will it be a good place for Overclockers and PC Gamers? Will desktop computers still be standard, or will our mobile overlords finally have their day?

1) I believe HDM's (Head Mounted Displays) will at some point replace monitors.

2) With tablets and consoles gaining in popularity due to lower cost, it's hard to say but as a gamer, I hope so. I hate consoles.

3) I don't believe desktops will be standard. It's already becoming a niche market now but I hope there will always at least be a market for us.
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1) What were the best things to happen to computers over the last 10 years? What stands out most for you? What are your favorite memories?I think one of the best things that happened to computers in the past 10 years has been the amount of companies that flooded the market to get a share in hardware sales thus driving prices down. I would have wanted to see more competition in the graphics card sector and as much as I love nvidia, it would have been a disaster if ati had not been bought by amd. I think the future of the pc will only evolve further more such as the attempt by Razer with Project Christine.



2) Where do you think the next 10 years will take us? Will it be a good place for Overclockers and PC Gamers? Will desktop computers still be standard, or will our mobile overlords finally have their day? I think this forum is here to stay and although I just joined today I have been coming here for years looking for answers and advice. This is what makes forums like this one so essential and the only way I see this forum loosing momentum is if the PC fails.
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I think this forum is here to stay and although I just joined today I have been coming here for years looking for answers and advice. This is what makes forums like this one so essential and the only way I see this forum loosing momentum is if the PC fails.

You know. Overclocking and doing "stuff" with hardware is not only a "PC" thing. So I doubt that if traditional desktop PC would give up it would be enough to "kill" the OCN smile.gif I have seen people overclocking things that one would not expect them. Say, for example, a pocket calculator can be overclocked if one is into that kind of stuff wink.gif Where there is a will there is a way as far as hardware goes as long as geeks have physical access to it. Besides at this point microprocessors are so integral part of our daily lives that we would need to nuke ourselves back into stone age to get rid of them.
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1) What were the best things to happen to computers over the last 10 years? What stands out most for you? What are your favorite memories?
1. I would say Doom III and Halo for PC, Doom being one of the first games to really incorporate lighting and textures with HD graphics, and paving the way for developers to make Pretty looking games biggrin.gif
Halo for PC started the Fan Boy war for me. I had an nvidia fx5900 and was having troubles running on max settings, every bench mark I saw showed the ATI 9800xt as the reigning champ at that time. I had a kid sitting next to me in class who was an ATI fanboy, swearing by the 400 flagship ati at the time. That's what led to my Bios flashing endeavors as I found out the 5900 was technically a fx5950 just with slower clocks and a 128bit bus opposed to 256. That probably marked the Start in my OCD in computer modifying. That's when I had the athlon 2500m I bought instead of the 3200+ which was my first overclock! I also remember when the geforce 6000 series featuring the worlds first Nvidia SLI, which was amazing. I never got the chance to do it myself( money factors, lol) but I did build one for my friend with AMD's first FX 60 939 pin chip. Awwe such good memories

2) Where do you think the next 10 years will take us? Will it be a good place for Overclockers and PC Gamers? Will desktop computers still be standard, or will our mobile overlords finally have their day?

I would say the Desktop pc will still be a platform, other avenues might be available, but I don't see phones taking over the pc world yet. I think the biggest difference will be Our immersion into games beyond the screen, and our Desktops being the central hub for this. Probably things like the Occulus Rift might be more widespread. We might even go away from LCD screens to something more fluid and 3 dimensional, like an evolved triple screen system( eyefinity, etc. ) that's a lot more functional. Hertz and FPS won't be an issue, and CGI will seem more Real rather than simulatedely real.

I think as long as people are putting superchargers on there cars, and tweaking for max performance is still a trend. There will always be overclocking communities. They might even turn into overtweaking instead at that point. But you never know, only the future lies ahead
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