0CoolerMaster Elite 335 PC CaseMoore’s Law: Deader than the parrot

In Septem­ber 2013 I wrote an art­icle about the appar­ent end of reg­u­lar PC price drops. Just over a year later, I thought I’d return to see if things had improved.

I’ll com­pare the ori­gin­al prices and specs with anoth­er even more up-to-date set.

2012 spec2012 spec price (2012)2012 spec price (2013)2012 spec price (2015)2015 spec price2015 spec
Giga­byte Z77-DS3H£70.91£68.96£66.94£61.44Giga­byte Z97P-D3
OCZ Ver­tex 4 120Gb£89.99£84.99£63.36£109.98Sam­sung SSD 850 EVO 250Gb
Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz£259.45£260.93£269.00£258.27Core i7 4790K 4.0GHz
2x8Gb cor­sair 1600 CL10£69.77£101.69£122.34£122.34no change
£490.12£516.57£521.64£552.03

So, the ori­gin­al spec is still more expens­ive than it was over 2 years ago, although partly that is because it is hard to find some of the ori­gin­al com­pon­ents. More import­antly — the new sys­tem costs frac­tion­ally more than the old sys­tem, and isn’t sig­ni­fic­antly improved in per­form­ance with the not­able excep­tion of the SSD. Basic­ally CPU pro­gress has all but ground to a halt in the last 2 years — and with no sign of AMD chal­len­ging the Intel per­form­ance crown there is no motiv­a­tion for Intel to push per­form­ance high­er.

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