Maximum PC - - EDITORIAL - Tuan Nguyen

IN A FLURRY of an­nounce­ments last year, In­tel shook the desk­top and mo­bile scene with a num­ber of back to back CPU re­leases. It was the first time that the CPU gi­ant veered off its nor­mal Tick­Tock re­lease sched­ule. Not only was it con­fus­ing to the mar­ket, but it be­came ap­par­ent its Sky­lake CPUs were a de­tour from the real des­ti­na­tion: Kaby Lake.

The new CPU ar­chi­tec­ture brings with it a sea of changes, which in­clude a brand new 200 Se­ries chipset, higher clock speeds, im­proved in­te­grated graph­ics, hics, more PCIe lanes, and sup­port for In­tel’s tel’s new Op­tane stor­age—you know, the re­ally crazy fast stor­age In­tel has been boast­ing about. Ap­par­ently, Op­tane e is sup­posed to give cur­rent NVMe drives ves a run for their money.

Kaby Lake will bring us full-fledged into 2017, a year of more in­no­va­tion and ex­cite­ment for the in­dus­try. 2016 was the year for VR. But VR kind of showed up with a huge hur­rah, and then the ex­cite­ment fiz­zled. How­ever, Mi­crosoft re­cently made a huge an­nounce­ment that would help cat­a­pult both the VR and AR in­dus­tries for­ward. We’re go­ing to see faster ev­ery­thing, with lower price points than be­fore, all in the name of change.

I’m all for change, es­pe­cially on such a vi­brant plat­form. Ev­ery­thing started point­ing back to­ward the PC in 2016, and there’s never been a bet­ter time to be out with the old and in with the new. Tu an Nguyen is Max­i­mum PC’s ed­i­tor-inchief, also known as“the pointy end of the stick .” He’ s been writ­ing, mar­ket­ing, and rais­ing hell in the te chi nd us try for 19 years.

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