As the title says, this thread is for discussing any upcoming or current computer hardware. This means anything, from CPUs and GPUs to Motherboards and Operating Systems.
Personally, I'm really impatient for the new Intel X79 Architecture, the replacement for the X58 Architecture, and more specifically the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, mainly to see how high its frequency can be upped. I'm also waiting for the new generations of GPUs from Nvidia, and Windows 8.
AMD Bulldozer could be cool, the performance looks to be between the i7 2600k and i7 980X, from the leaks (which, in fairness have been fake, but their predictions are what is generally expected anyway).
I'm not excited for Ivy Bridge, since they're capping overclocks apparently. Like, seriously? Capping over clocks on the successor to the most incredibly overclockable processors in history? Give me a break. 50% of the reason I went for them is because I can boost it to 5GHz on a £15 air cooler for crying out loud....
Then there's Sandy Bridge Extreme. I'm not sure if they are still calling it that, I believe they're running it separate to the Ivy Bridge line though? Anyway since those processors will be like, £800 quid a pop I don't really have too much interest in them.
As for GPUs I'm not crazy about them, Nvidia's GTX560, 570 and 580 series are awesome and can max out pretty much anything right now at 60FPS so I doubt we'll see GPIU upgrades before the middle of 2012.
That's all come off the top of my head though and I haven't seen any news on these in a while so I could completely wrong, feel free to correct me.
I hate how nVidia and ATi brand their graphics cards. It's so damn inconsistent and vague. You should be able to tell which graphics cards are low-end and which are high-end just by looking at the model name. Like 1000 for low-end and 5000 for high end.
It's really confusing when the 8800 GT is much more powerful than the 9500 GT and when the 520 GT is much weaker than the 460 GTX. WTF?!? This is made just so that you either have to look at the specs or get burned.