Heroes & Zeroes of 2017 The good, the bad and the ugly of this year’s tech products
Just as Kaby Lake had us giving up on processor upgrades, along came AMD with Ryzen, a new CPU series with lots of cores and great performance levels. Desktop PCS with these chips weren’t clocked quite as fast as Intel’s, but when we threw heavier work at them they beat i7 performance but cost the same as i5 processors. Intel finally got its act together with Coffee Lake chips that delivered the speed boost we’d been waiting for. As laptops catch up too, 2018 looks like a great time to buy a computer.