Expected Computer Components in 2020

Kyle Stokes, Reporter

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So, you got an old computer tower that isn’t really doing what you want anymore, yet you can’t afford a new one. What to do, what to do? Well, here is the great thing about computer towers; the components can be easily switched out for newer products. (As long as the components are compatible with each other.) Here’s a new problem, though. There are just too many choices in the current tech market, and too many choices in the after market as well. So, how do you choose? Simple; you (or someone else) does some research on the parts. So, here are the computer components ,as unveiled at CES 2020, to expect this year.

New CPUs (Central Processing Units)

Coming in from AMD, we have the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. Already this processor is looking good, with unprecedented 64 cores. The price? A hefty $4,000.00 after possible tax, $3,990 base price. This is a reasonable price for what was once considered to be a server/data center only CPU. This new processor will be released on February 7th this year. 

Now, along with the Threadripper will be AMD’s Ryzen 4000m line of CPUs. The first MOBILE processors for computers. Intel should be worried, considering that almost all current laptops and computer towers run on Intel at the beginning. That is, if this line of CPUs from AMD are as successful as the 3000 line of processors. This line of CPUs will have up to 8 cores and 16 threads. As of right now, there is no confirmed price or release date.

New GPUs (Graphics Processing Units)

AMD isn’t going to stop at CPUs, though. You see, AMD has also unveiled their new RX 5600 line of Graphics cards, not only to fill the gap between the 5500- and 5700- series of GPUs, but also to dominate the 1080p gaming area. These new graphics cards are meant to go against NVidia on the mid-tier market level with the same price as NVidia GPUs; $279 before possible tax, ~$300 after possible tax. It will be released on January 21st.

AMD also has a new, unnamed GPU that will be showing up in standalone VR headsets (meaning phones won’t have to be slid in) and this new graphics card is already the new king of VR, beating NVidia’s RTX 2080 Ti by 17%. This is really more of a proof of concept than anything.