Ivor O’Connor

June 9, 2013

Computer Reviewers Focus On The Wrong Stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 1:47 pm

Toms Hardware, ExtremeTech, AnandTech, and all the other reviewers I monitor do not focus on the amount of RAM a motherboard can hold.

The PC world is going in two directions. One direction is for the users of gadgets that can be carried with you. The other being desktops where you need power and capability. RAM determines just how powerful and capable the desktop will be. For example I’ve been working all weekend trying out various server configurations. Most of this stuff I have no idea about and so I work with virtual boxes. Each one I assign quite a few GBs to because I want them fast. This is the way everybody with a desktop should be working. Yet computer reviewers ignore the RAM.

 

Here is what I have my eyes on if I were to buy a pc in the immediate future:

$187, MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157289R (Supports 64GB)
$250, 32GBs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231569
$300, CPU  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

This would start out with 32GBs and only cost another $250 to increase it to 64GBs.

Sure I’d like ECC, 256GB upper limit, two six-core CPUs, and PCI generation 6 but for now the reviewers should be more heavily focusing on the RAM supported by MB makers. And MB makers should never make a board that handles less than 64GBs unless it is for a gadget.

 

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