Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er
Its so nice to own a platform knowing you can just drop a new CPU. I can take my high-end Z390 + 9900K and hit the wall after 10900K is out.
Yes and no actually, depends on how often one upgrades. Looks very good on paper and consumer-friendly but actually, if one upgrades every say 3 or 4 years, this has zero benefits.
One assumes a certain awareness behind said upgrading cycle (needs to last me for so long with 'x' amount of money, so can't be crap but need not be HEDT, etc. etc.) and as such some careful or semi-careful planning.
Like say not buying a 3800/3900X 5 months from now, but instead waiting it out for the next gen.
Or inversely, buying one gen behind (and one at best 'cause you're looking at 3-4 years minimum) when the new one comes out to save some money.
And i really do think most people fall into this category in terms of upgrade cycles, so barring "enthusiasts" and the like... even gamers, most kids will whine and whine in forums and media, but i sincerely doubt this affects them, they don't change everything annually; at best they'll switch a GPU every odd year, not the rest.
Just good PR externally and reduced R&D internally
* again, this all on a consumer level.