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Report: PC Hardware Sales Eclipsed $30 Billion USD In 2016

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Industry analyst firm JPR recently released a report estimating that total worldwide hardware sales eclipsed the $30 billion mark. In terms of geography  Asia lead the way with an estimated growth rate of 7% which will continue right through 2019, commanding $11.3 billion USD of the total existing market share. For those of us who are interested in the health of the PC hardware industry JPR’s publically available figures are full of interesting statistics.

2016 saw a number of new pieces of hardware released that made waves in enthusiast news circles. Arguably one of the biggest stories of the year came towards the mid-point with the launch of new Graphics Cards from both Nvidia and AMD. Team Green proved that the Geforce brand is still the place for hardcore enthusiasts looking for the bleeding edge performance with the expensive Geforce 1070 and Geforce 1080 video cards. AMD shot back just a couple of weeks later with the Polaris powered Radeon 480 which brought the performance of Nvidia’s high end last generation 9 Series cards for under $200 USD. AMD and Nvidia might not be fighting tooth and nail for power or performance anymore but their offerings certainly cover a wide variety of products at different price points.

Graphics cards aren’t the only PC hardware segment that saw innovation last year and will continue to see new products. Intel released their new 7000 series processor line, it doesn’t follow the traditional tick-tock pattern that Intel has been known but it does provide additional video encoding performance. AMD is expected to release its Ryzen platform at the Games Developer Conference late next month, the manufacturer’s first large platform update since 2013 – featuring the brand new AM4 motherboard design and enhanced performance versus the previous generation.

John Peddle, president of JPR had this to say about the upcoming launch of the Ryzen platform:

We are also very excited about the prospects for the AMD Ryzen CPU platform and think it will be adopted at all three hardware tiers. Of course Intel CPUs currently offer superior power and value for gamers of every budget level, and their integrated graphics now rival game consoles.”

Despite JPR’s report that the PC hardware industry has eclipsed such a large sales amount reports of PC sales have been declining for several consecutive quarters – according to the Inquirer total sales were down 3.7% leading up to the Christmas season. It is an important distinction to make that JPR’s report about the industry surpassing a huge sales amount includes high end accessories like Ultra HD Monitors, gaming headsets, gaming mice and Curved Displays.

How do you feel about the state of the PC hardware industry? Sound off in the comments and let us know.


MSI Announces Their Geforce 1080 GTX Graphics Cards

Posted on June 1, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Today hardware manufacturer MSI announced their version of the Geforce 1080 – based upon Nvidia’s brand new Pascal architecture. The card’s full name is the “Geforce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G” and while that is a mouthful it is befitting for a card that boasts an architecture that by all available benchmarks will set a new standard for high-end cards.

In terms of technical features here is a quick rundown of what MSI’s GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G has to offer:

  • Base clock speed of 1700MHZ in OC mode boostable up to 1847 MHZ.
  • 8192 MB of GDDR5X memory with a bus speed of 5054Mhz
  • 1 HDMI Port
  • 3 Display Ports
  • 1 Dual Link DVI-D Port
  • VR Ready & Direct X 12 compliant


As for MSI exclusive design features, there are quite a few of note: Their Twin Frozr VI fan setup allows the card to receive up to 22% more air pressure.  The Geforce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G also comes with a custom set of LEDs that can display a pre-set style and color of the owners choice. If you’ve got a large window in your case this card might just be the centerpiece!

No pricing information was available at presstime however, we have reached out to MSI to see what this card may retail for in the United States.


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