Marketing tricks to sell products at higher prices… No need to move to new technologies as soon as they are launched
Personal computer technologies have developed significantly this year, as technology enthusiasts will be able to purchase processors and motherboards that support the fifth generation of PCIe technology that provide very large data transfer speeds from storage units, graphics cards, networks, and others, in addition to the ultra-fast DDR5 RAM memory.
Some may be excited and rush to buy and assemble a new desktop computer that supports these new technologies and processors that provide a large number of cores to raise performance levels. On this topic, we offer a set of mistakes that technology enthusiasts make as a result of the marketing campaigns of hardware manufacturers, and tips that will help you make a purchase decision and save money.
Data transfer speeds
As for the new PCIe fifth generation technology, it supports very large data transfer speeds of up to 64 gigabytes per second, compared to 32 gigabytes per second for the fourth generation. This means that new processors and memory will be able to access a larger amount of information at faster speeds. But if your goal in assembling a computer that supports these technologies is to speed up the performance of electronic games, then you will waste money in adopting this technology during the next few years, because the most advanced graphics cards (during this period) cannot satisfy the capabilities of the fourth generation, and it is not expected that they can Upcoming cards over the coming years satiate these speeds.
Considering that the development of the computer to support the fifth generation of PCIe technology requires upgrading the processor as well, which will require the purchase of new cooling fans due to the different dimensions of the modern processors from the previous generation, the user must pay large sums to get the fifth generation of PCIe technology, which raises the graphics rate per second frames per second in games is only about 1 to 3 percent.
But if the goal of assembling a computer that supports this technology is to obtain higher data transfer speeds from ultra-fast M.2 storage units, the latest hard disks that support this technology can read data at a speed of 13 gigabytes per second and write data at a speed of 12 gigabytes per second in different conditions. idealism. Although these values are still far from the maximum value supported by 5G PCIe technology, doubling the speeds of these storage units compared to the previous generation is worth upgrading if the user needs this large amount of data for extended periods, such as HD video editors or Big data analysts. In addition, the fifth generation of PCIe technology supports these speeds for all circuits connected to it, which include graphics cards, storage units, etc., meaning that the hard hardware will share the maximum speed of 64 gigabytes per second that the fifth generation of PCIe technology can provide. Upgrading to the new DDR5 memory is not recommended because its current prices are very high and the actual benefits of upgrading to it from the previous generation DDR4 are still low compared to its high cost.
In general, it is advised to wait before upgrading to the fifth generation of PCIe technology, as the prices of processors, memory, and storage units that support them are still very high because the technology is new and due to the high prices of processors, motherboards and memory units currently due to the global shortage of chip production capabilities. The maximum benefits to the user will either be for special cases that do not last for extended periods or will have a slightly better impact compared to the high cost of upgrading. In addition, processor manufacturers launch new processors every year that offer better advantages, and reduce the prices of previous processors as soon as this happens, and it is possible to wait a little while to buy current processors at lower prices when the new processors are launched.
Some gamers are drifting towards equipping their computers with variable RGB lighting that does not provide any real performance benefit
Processor cores and electricity
The second factor that we will talk about is the processors with a large number of Cores in them, as manufacturers market them heavily on those increasing numbers. Although this theoretically increases processing capabilities and speed, this requires extended software support to significantly increase the number of cores and obtain the desired result. Some players may acquire processors that offer 24 cores to increase the performance of their games, but they will discover that the system uses only a few of those cores with their full capabilities, often between 4 or 8 cores in demanding gaming sessions, while the rest of the cores sit waiting for commands.
The reason for this is that game engines and game scripts do not support the use of a large number of cores due to the non-proliferation of processors that support those numbers among players, and because of the additional efforts required to distribute and organize work and exchange data in a timely manner between 24 cores, for example. And the user will waste money if his goal in upgrading to new processors is to increase gaming speeds by increasing the number of cores. It is recommended to buy a processor with 4 or 8 cores and take advantage of the price difference to develop the graphics card that will have a greater positive impact on raising the gaming experience and graphic capabilities of electronic games until the development of game engines and game scripts to support the large numbers of cores in modern processors, a time when the prices of processors and motherboards will be The main ones it supports have been significantly reduced compared to the launch period of these processors.
The third factor is the “elite” motherboards that many manufacturers market to them, which offer specialized electronic circuits that regulate the delivery of electrical voltages in a consistent manner (Voltage Regulator Module VRM) up to 17 series Power Phase, which raise the cost of the motherboard dramatically big.
However, providing this number of groups to regulate and coordinate voltages helps in very few cases, often associated with manually increasing processor speeds beyond the maximum allowed by the manufacturer overclocking, and exceeding the possible limits, cases that are not compatible with most users. It is recommended to buy mid-range motherboards that support all the basic features that the user needs and provide sufficient ports for his uses, and harness the price difference towards developing the graphics card and processor and upgrading the storage to M.2 technology, which provides much faster data transfer speeds compared to SSD and HDD technologies.
– Fans and lighting
A fourth mistake that users make is buying large and expensive cooling fans to better cool graphics cards, but they are often too large for the graphics card used. Fan manufacturers use this goal to promote power-demanding fans, which may also need to purchase a new, more expensive Power Supply Unit (PSU).
And speaking of fans, there has been a growing trend among gamers over the past few years to buy a fan kit (and other hard hardware, like memory) that has RGB lighting that can be color controlled through a special software. This type of gear is often more expensive compared to its counterpart that does not support the color changing feature. In addition, the price of fan sets that support this technology is often many times higher compared to the price of fans that do not support changing colors, but at the same time they do not provide any improvement in quality or increase the duration of their use, and cooling fans that support lighting technologies often stop Variable cost (more than $35) before the $5 fans were discontinued.
Some users may purchase several fans that support variable lighting (such as a processor fan, about 7 to 8 fans to pass air into the computer case, and 3 fans for the graphics card), so the price difference is about $ 360 when using 12 fans that support variable lighting (not to mention the use of memory modules that support colors). variable, and other accessories), which is a price difference that can be used to upgrade your storage or graphics card that will have an actual impact on the user experience rather than a psychological factor.
In addition, the user will look at the screen during his sessions instead of looking at the computer itself, meaning that there is no real benefit to the performance of the device due to the use of this expensive technology. On the contrary, the performance will decrease due to the need to download several programs to control the variable lighting techniques that are used. Different standards between manufacturers that exploit the psychological factor to sell higher-priced products without real benefit.