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PC Builders’ Preferences For Intel i7 Versus i5 CPUs And Skylake Versus Haswell Microarchitectures

In August, 2015, Intel launched a new microarchitecture for its CPU products. The Skylake microarchitecture was a slight improvement (a 12% gain in processing power according to this article) over the last popular consumer microarchitecture, the Haswell, which was released in 2013. The recent popularity of the CPUs based on Skylake in the builds on […]

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How Computer Enthusiasts Have Received AMD’s Recent GPU Releases And What’s Coming Next

Data pulled from builds on PCPartPicker demonstrate a clear preference among PCPartPicker computer enthusiasts for Intel CPUs paired with Nvidia GPUs. In fact, this preference has intensified in the last six months. Before drawing conclusions from this, it’s important to note (as this PCWorld article rightly points out) that this data is based on builds, […]

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The Loyalty To AMD’s GPU Product Among AMD CPU Buyers Is Decreasing

Data from the builds on PCPartPicker show an interesting trend among the buyers of AMD CPUs. Of the 25,780 builds on PCPartPicker from the last 31 months with a price point between $450 — $5,000, 19% included an AMD CPU. This is in-line with the Steam Hardware Surveys, but things have changed recently. Before drawing conclusions from […]

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Nvidia And Intel Are Increasingly Dominant In Gaming Hardware Since Pascal And Skylake Releases

Gaming machine purchase behavior data from PCPartPicker goes back approximately 31 months (based on the oldest comment on the oldest build). In those 31 months, there were 25,780 builds priced between $450-$5,000 (I removed the outliers on both ends because they couldn’t be complete builds or they were ridiculous machines). For the rest of the […]