Tech Dissonance: Innovation and the upgrade path

— 12:00 AM on January 31, 2003

REMEMBER WAY BACK when a motherboard would last at least one or maybe two meaningful CPU upgrades? My, how things have changed. These days, most major CPU upgrades require new motherboards and often new memory sticks, making the processor upgrade process potentially more expensive and involved than it used to be—and perhaps needs to be. Were we really better off in the good old days? After all, those CPU upgrades produced systems with the latest and greatest processors running on stale motherboards with old memory technology. By today's standards, that doesn't sound like much of an upgrade, does it?
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