Originally Posted by Binex
sorry if you got burned by your 980X but the statement confuses me. My CPU was only $74 and has more than enough power. Sandy and newer Intels, while debatably overpriced, certainly aren't underpowered
When your CPU is only 5-10% faster than a similar-tier CPU made 5 years ago, it is under powered. The fact that we live in a generation where software is lackluster and doesn't demand much doesn't mean our CPUs are actually strong for 2015.
I shouldn't be able to still be rocking a 980X all these years later without seriously hating myself or being a luddite. The only reason I can even run modern software is because no significantly stronger CPUs have been released since.
Just look at the 5 year period between 2000 and 2005. We went from 32 bit Pentium 3s running at 900MHZ to 64 bit Athlon 64 FXs running at 2.4GHZ.
PC games went from this:
All because they were capable of taking advantage of new hardware that was so much more powerful than what came before it.
We could have "another FEAR" or "another CRYSIS" today, but unlike those titles that pushed boundaries but were still capable of running smoothly on high end contemporary hardware, today's version wouldn't be able to run smooth until 2025 due to our snail's pace of hardware advancement.
So yes, our CPUs are indeed underpowered, and yet we're paying more for the same tier every generation lately, which also makes them overpriced.