Poll: To which release are you most looking forward?

Between all our reviews and news, not to mention reader meetups, we’ve kinda been neglecting our front-page poll. Today, we’re freshening things up with a new topic: what is your most anticipated upcoming product release?

Choices include Bay Trail tablets, such as the Transformer T100; Haswell ultrabooks, which are still largely missing in action; AMD’s next top-of-the-line graphics card, the Radeon R9 290X; Valve’s Steam OS and associated hardware; the next batch of tablets from Apple and Microsoft; and Windows 8.1. You can cast your vote below or on the front page.

Our last poll question asked, "Which game is the new champ of PC visuals?" A plurality of votes (39%) went to Crysis 3, with Metro: Last Light and Battlefield 3 essentially tied for second place at 11% each. The next most popular choice was Skyrim, which got 9% of the vote.

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    • Diplomacy42
    • 6 years ago

    1) PS4/ next gen gaming
    2) Volta 2016
    3) Skylake 2016

    Haswell and Maxwell will be boreing, and I have yet to find a use for a tablet, and windows 8.1 is just a polished turd.

    • Sabresiberian
    • 6 years ago

    The thing I’m most excited for is Mantle. It has the potential, maybe, if it lives up to its hype, of being a real boon to everyone from developer to end-user.

    • donkeycrock
    • 6 years ago

    None of the Above!!!

    • LoneWolf15
    • 6 years ago

    I want a Haswell Ultrabook, preferably like the Dell Latitude E6430u, with Iris Pro 5200 graphics.

    If Dell makes one of these, I know what my next laptop is going to be.

    • Gadgety
    • 6 years ago

    Kaveri APU because I want to build a small, low power gaming computer for my kid.

      • NeelyCam
      • 6 years ago

      I hope you weren’t planning on making one for a christmas present

      • auxy
      • 6 years ago

      Argh! Accidentally downvoted when I meant to upvote! I love the APUs and I applaud your decision! Just make sure you dole out for some high-end RAM, like 2133 CL9. It makes a big difference!

    • DarkGable
    • 6 years ago

    I voted for the Radeon R9 290X as I’m in the market for a new graphics card, want to see how it stacks up to Nvidias cards.

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    I’m waiting for whatever Intel has in the pipeline to succeed Skymont, and also whatever AMD has in store for us after Excavator, assuming Excavator will even materialize and AMD has any plans to continue doing x86 post 2014 or 2015. I swear I saw an 8-core AMD PC in Back to the Future.

      • TO11MTM
      • 6 years ago

      If AMD Really ‘wants’ to have the ARM Market, they’re hopefully working on something with a Dual-Decoder, or at the very least something with a ‘swappable’ decoder at the fab level. Not sure how it would perform but the leverage it would provide could be enough to push them forward.

      Otherwise, they’d be just another ARM Licensee, right down to the garbage drivers.

      Also, are we talking Cores or Modules? 😉

      • NeelyCam
      • 6 years ago

      Did you mean Skylake? Even Charlie admitted that he was wrong about ‘Skymont’

    • cphite
    • 6 years ago

    I voted for Windows 8.1 because it might remove at least a few of the annoyances of my Windows 8 machine, and I really don’t have the money for any of those other things… 🙂

    • anubis44
    • 6 years ago

    I’m most looking forward to Mantle. If this new AMD API is anything like 3dfx glide, and most especially, if it actually greatly accelerates existing hardware, particularly APUs, then it is by far the most important new development/product coming down the pipline. After all, if it can make an AMD APU run games even 2x faster (never mind the 9x figure thrown about), it can probably accelerate non-game applications, too…

    A free upgrade of your hardware!

      • tipoo
      • 6 years ago

      The 9x draw calls claim was NEVER a 9x performance claim. It’s just that, 9x the draw calls. On the PC side of things developers intentionally gear things towards doing more in less draw calls, so the GPU is decently utilized, it’s not like we’re using only 1/9th of the GPUs power currently or anything like that. There will be a fair speedup I’m sure, but I’d be very surprised at anything approaching even 2x.

    • BaronMatrix
    • 6 years ago

    KAVERI… I expect it to show up at AMD’s APU13 in November…

    • Khali
    • 6 years ago

    I voted for Steam OS. Not because I think its going to be that great but because I want to see a viable option to MS and Apple. Yes I know various forms of Linux have been around for years but no one has taken the time to make it simple to use for the general population, you know, the less technical literate computer user like your typical office worker or the home PC. Maybe Steam will get it right this time.

    Things that should have been on that list.

    PS4
    Xbone
    Oculus
    Half Life 3
    Star Citizen

    • WaltC
    • 6 years ago

    Since I’m already running 8.1 (official version, of course) I had to say the R9…;)

    • Kougar
    • 6 years ago

    Skylake-E, however far out that will be.

    By then consumers should have 8-12 core parts and DDR4 will have lost its premium price. It will have PCIe 4.0 and SATA Express support, and AVX-512 which should prove interesting.

    Curious about whatever will be the GTX 880 and the R9 290X as well, just from a GPGPU perspective.

    • smilingcrow
    • 6 years ago

    Either Nelson Mandela or Lindsay Lohan.

    • phez
    • 6 years ago

    I voted Haswell Ultrabooks because they are finally coming into their own.

    High DPI screens instead of those completely terrible yesteryear 13×7 resolutions; better engineered form factors (see lenova yoga 2); better CPU options. better graphics options; faster SSDs, even some with PCIe SSDs.

    All while still retaining the thin profiles, and not much more expensive, if at all.

    • dashbarron
    • 6 years ago

    Flying car. Spielberg has two years to deliver on his promise.

      • jdaven
      • 6 years ago

      [url<]http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/05/terrafugia-transition-aircraft-gets-dot-roadworthiness-sign-off/[/url<] Done and done.

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 6 years ago

      What Spielberg film puts flying cars in 2015?

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 6 years ago

    Bay Trail tablets…so I can replace this stupid Iconia B1

    • LukeCWM
    • 6 years ago

    My wishlist:

    – Windows 9 with a desktop-biased design or mode
    – Steve Balmer replacement that can give consumers what they want
    – AMD to have a clearly winning product in any market
    – Benchmarks for the next generation of AMD graphics cards
    – Prolific sales and distribution of quality and reasonably affordable 4k monitors and TVs
    – Google Nexus 5 (in the next week? pretty please?)
    – Desktop Haswell replacement
    – DDR4
    – Prolific sales for whatever is post SATA3

      • Commander Octavian
      • 6 years ago

      Add to that:

      – True next gen video games with decent physics an visuals (BTW BF4 is not next-gen game)

        • BlondIndian
        • 6 years ago

        and better AI

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 6 years ago

      – The death of 1366×768 for anything larger than a netbook.
      – 120Hz and 4 Megapixels on an IPS or equivalent display.
      – Higher density for monitors smaller than a 32″ monstrosity.
      – Proper Windows dpi scaling support for all of the above.

        • Airmantharp
        • 6 years ago

        I’ll take the death of ~720p, period. Except for smart watches. For now.

        • LukeCWM
        • 6 years ago

        Proper scaling for Windows! Yes please!

    • Grigory
    • 6 years ago

    Other: Windows 9 or whatever version gets rid of the touch bull on the desktop. Maybe it will be Windows Never.

    • vargis14
    • 6 years ago

    I voted for the 290x. But the steam OS is very interesting.

    I could care less about the haswell ultrabooks or windows 8.1…I will be sticking to windows 7 until I need to switch to 8.1 to use mantle with a new 290x video card, unless the steam OS will also support mantle.

    Also i/we have to wait to see how Mantel works, it could be a lot of hype with not much to gain unless it makes the linux based Steam OS kick mucho butt.

    I hope what I have read about ATI/Nvidia is true when it comes to drastically improving linux driver support. Thats as long as Microsoft does not pay them to slow down their linux driver programs.

    Just a tidbit That Trinity powered Piston is a fail in my book since it is way overpriced at around 1000 bucks. Plus it just does not have any where near the performance to back up its asking price. Also watching the video it says its modular for the future. What could the one board it looks like you can replace have on it to improve a lame horse as it sits now.

      • spigzone
      • 6 years ago

      An Xi3 consists of a CPU board into which the primary and secondary I/O boards plug in. You can mix and match different configurations of all three.

      It’s substantially hobbled by it’s size and power limitations.

      • BlondIndian
      • 6 years ago

      I was really suprised when I saw Win8.1 had 100+ votes . WOW !
      I went with the 290x too , but only becoz kaveri is missing .(2013?2014?)
      And M$ bias much TR?

    • tipoo
    • 6 years ago

    Nexus 5. My Nexus S is very much on its last legs. I’ve been holding out for the 5 (snapdragon 800 is a very large boost from the S4 Pro in the N4, even though *anything* is a MASSIVE boost from my single core Cortex A8. Also the Nexus 4 throttles the processor too quick, hope that’s fixed). If it’s still the same 300 dollars less than other flagships that the 4 was, I’m definitely getting it. I don’t really care if it continues to have a camera and battery life worse than the flagships like GS4 or 5S, screw paying 650 for a high end smartphone when the Nexii are 85% as good for half the price.

    I’d also be excited for a new iPad Mini, but I hope they take it off the last-years upgrade cycle, as in jump it straight to A7 rather than moving from A5 to A6 which is already old. Also, retina display is a must.

    • spigzone
    • 6 years ago

    ????? How is Kaveri not on that list ?????

    Gaming related is kicking asp and Kaveri figures to be the most asp kicking gaming chip ever released.

    For shame.

      • chuckula
      • 6 years ago

      Most (all?) of those things are expected to launch this year in some form or another. Kaveri can be on the “what will be big in 2014?” poll.

        • spigzone
        • 6 years ago

        AMD is still saying Kaveri will launch in 2013.

          • chuckula
          • 6 years ago

          Yeah, that’s because they’ve redefined 2013 to mean “sometime before Chinese New Year 2014, if we’re lucky.”

            • spigzone
            • 6 years ago

            Yeah, I figure a paper/reviewer launch, but I can wait. What I really want to see is what the top end Kaveri does with a mantle equipped Battlefield 4. Especially if that 832 shader rumor is true.

            • sschaem
            • 6 years ago

            Then… be patient.

            Because all the news I see state that Kaveri wont be seen until sometime in 2014.
            “first half of 2014” to be exact. In AMD term that mean sometime in late June. Around 29th and 30th.

            • auxy
            • 6 years ago

            Where did you see that? Even the latest news on TR, Anand, Tom’s suggest “early Q1 2014”, like early Feb.

            • auxy
            • 6 years ago

            Even if those rumors are true, the chip is still going to be grossly bottlenecked by its 128-bit DDR3 interface. Even if yo’ure running like DDR3-2400, it’s sitll not going to be fast enough. AMD desperately needs to shoehorn another memory channel into those things, although 192-bit DDR3 is still going to be a dog compared to any GDDR5 chip.

      • sschaem
      • 6 years ago

      Its not out until sometime in 2014.. thats a loooong time from now. Unless AMD VP’s where right all along and they where release earlier this year and I just missed it ?

    • Beomagi
    • 6 years ago

    Screw tablets – I want a convertible.

    • grantmeaname
    • 6 years ago

    Ultrabooks with batteries that last for days. That’s way more exciting than a new slightly-faster graphics card that none of us will own anyways.

    • tanker27
    • 6 years ago

    Seriously…..60 votes for Windows 8.1???? As if Windows 8.0 wasn’t bad enough. Me, 5th Gen iPad. the wife wants my 3rd gen iPad cause she is still rocking the 1st. But what I really want is the 2nd gen iPad mini.

      • tipoo
      • 6 years ago

      I’ve been using it for a month through MSDN. I like it, a lot. Having universal start menu search back is a very nice addition, don’t have to use StartIsBack anymore. Lots of other little tweaks.

      • cygnus1
      • 6 years ago

      2nd the 2nd gen iPad mini. I gave my gf the option of the current one or waiting on the next one for her bday, she chose to wait for the next one. She’s pretty excited for it

    • Zizy
    • 6 years ago

    What is interesting and what I really look forward to isnt the same. W8.1 is not really interesting, but I look forward functional multi monitor stuff it brings. iPad 5 is very interesting, especially its SoC, but I am much more likely to get completely boring Bay Trail tablet. Oculus rift is again very interesting, but I am not buying it, same for Steam controller. Xbox 1 and its Kinect is much more interesting than PS4, but if I was forced to buy one I would get PS.

    So, I voted for Windows 8.1, as it is the only sure thing I am going to get. If I had to pick most interesting thing, I would vote for Steam (controller of course, box and OS are boring and most likely irrelevant).

    • Firestarter
    • 6 years ago

    Maple API

    I want to see what kind of performance impact it has on the Frostbite engine and what Nvidia and Intel will do in response.

      • bittermann
      • 6 years ago

      Do you mean the Mantle API?

        • tipoo
        • 6 years ago

        No, Maple API is made by former ATIs laid off Canadian engineers, it lets computers run on tree sap.

          • LukeCWM
          • 6 years ago

          Canadian game developers do all their work with Frostbite.

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 6 years ago

          Ah and here I thought it was the ability to play Maple Story at the UEFI screen instead of a full boot…

        • Firestarter
        • 6 years ago

        Oops yeah. Maybe it slipped my mind because it sounds so delicious 😀

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 6 years ago

    The Kraken

      • Grigory
      • 6 years ago

      Clever. 🙂

      Alternative: The hounds.

        • Pwnstar
        • 6 years ago

        Cry Havoc and loose the dogs of war…

      • RenatoPassos
      • 6 years ago

      Sorry, but I didn’t get it… 🙁

        • DeadOfKnight
        • 6 years ago

        Then maybe you should re-read the poll question.

    • GrimDanfango
    • 6 years ago

    Another vote for Oculus Rift, strange they forgot to include the most important advance in PC tech for years!

      • Flatland_Spider
      • 6 years ago

      What is so great about it?

      This is a real question. I seriously want to know. I’m not that hyped about, but I’d like to understand why people are so high on this.

        • GrimDanfango
        • 6 years ago

        It’s “Virtual Reality”, done right! It’s “3D” done right! It’s all the silly stereoscopic gimmicks thrown out, and replaced with something genuinely immersive.

        It’s what gamers have been waiting for, for at least two decades 😛

        It’s like hovercars, we’ve always *known* it was the future, we’ve just been waiting for someone to build it.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 6 years ago

        Replace the hand with…. well you know, and you’ve got some pretty good hype. [url<]http://youtu.be/HnmgUgPKijc[/url<]

        • cobalt
        • 6 years ago

        Not having tried it, but from what I’ve read, yeah, it’s at some level the same type of thing as previous VR devices. What makes it work well is all the little pieces and the latest tech.

        For example, it’s extremely low latency, and apparently still being improved. From what I’ve heard, this is the single most important aspect in feeling like it’s virtual reality, not just a head-tracked monitor.

        They’ve done other things really well, too like the optics, the displays — which apparently got a big boost to 1080p — and so on.

        That, and we can hook it up to a high-end box so we don’t have to pretend Second Life era polygonal junk is worth making a virtual reality of.

      • Deanjo
      • 6 years ago

      Deja vu 1995 VFX-1.

      • auxy
      • 6 years ago

      Oh yeah! I forgot about the Rift! That’s pretty high on my list too; certainly higher than any of this stuff. Hmm.

        • Airmantharp
        • 6 years ago

        I’ll look closer at the Rift 2; the current gen, while extremely cool, neither presents the refinement nor the advantage that I’d expect from such a system. 720p is a no-go.

          • auxy
          • 6 years ago

          You’re a little mistaken; the “current-gen” are just devkits — the actual Oculus Rift product will be 1080p.

            • Airmantharp
            • 6 years ago

            Well then I’m happily mistaken!

    • awakeningcry
    • 6 years ago

    Haswell refresh. Actually, I haven’t read anywhere if it’s going to be 14nm? Although I expect not.

      • tipoo
      • 6 years ago

      No, Broadwell would be 14nm.

    • Pholostan
    • 6 years ago

    Not close in time, but TSMC has kinda promised that their 16 nm finfet process should be on the market in 2015. Only a year after Intel, AMD Nvidia et al could do some neat stuff on that process.

    • Vivaldi
    • 6 years ago

    Other.

    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

    • Meadows
    • 6 years ago

    “Other”, as in an improved stepping of AMD’s FX-8350. That would finally be enough reason to upgrade. Been “waiting” since the original FX-8350 review.

    Also, I’m sad to agree with sschaem: where are the next-gen consoles as options?

    • Krogoth
    • 6 years ago

    Disappointment

      • GrimDanfango
      • 6 years ago

      while ((Krogoth == Disappointment) && (World == Still_Turning)) {
      All_Is_Well();
      }

    • ryko
    • 6 years ago

    where’s GTAV for PC? i know it might be 6 months but still…

      • GrimDanfango
      • 6 years ago

      It *will* be 6 months… it always is, and it doesn’t seem likely to change this time around.

      • JohnC
      • 6 years ago

      Meh… I’ve already seen everything (yes, everything) this game has to offer in terms of single-player and I haven’t even played it. Same goes for many other people that I know – they either played it on consoles or watched the others play.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 6 years ago

        I believe that GTA5 has much more potential than 4 for mods, which is where PC really shines.

          • JohnC
          • 6 years ago

          You have a single fixed urban area with a relatively small size… What is there to mod, aside from mandatory high-res textures, better lighting and nude/sex mods? To create your own custom storyline or turn the game into custom multiplayer similar to APB would require good first-party modding tools and I highly doubt that Rockstar would ever provide people with these.

            • B.A.Frayd
            • 6 years ago

            Relative to what, exactly? The GTA5 map is larger than GTA4 and GTA San Andreas combined.
            And it’s not a “fixed urban” area.

            Why do ignorant people feel compelled to post about something when they clearly have no idea?

    • yogibbear
    • 6 years ago

    Other: GTA V on PC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • NeelyCam
      • 6 years ago

      Normally I would say something snarky, but after 3h of post-shutdown GTA5 mayhem, I am happy enough that I don’t need to say anything

    • Coyote_ar
    • 6 years ago

    So Oculus Rift doesnt make the list?

      • blitzy
      • 6 years ago

      Occulus rift, folowed by Radeon R9

    • danny e.
    • 6 years ago

    Other: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1″ 2014 edition. Available Oct 10. In my shopping cart.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 6 years ago

    Other: Star Citizen

      • Kougar
      • 6 years ago

      Yes!

    • Bensam123
    • 6 years ago

    I’d like to point out that the polls still don’t show up on the news page on the right side.

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 6 years ago

      Interesting observation.

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    None of the above. I’m waiting for AMD’s Steamroller and Thief 4. Both should arrive in Q1 next year.

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    Double post. Stupid tablet’s fault. Oh well, might as well use it.

    I’m waiting for something beyond the ordinary. I’m ultimately waiting to see what happens after this life. It’s just what fills me these days. Hope for better things to come. I know it’s weird, but I’ve been reading lots of accounts of NDEs and they’re just amazing beyond computers and tech and everything else.

      • trackerben
      • 6 years ago

      Didn’t know you were particularly religious. You are right about things promised beyond this life, but why do you seem to be dwelling on hopes for a higher life?

        • ronch
        • 6 years ago

        Oh, I am quite religious, although I admit not going to Church regularly. I am, um, what you would consider, using the Direct Connect Architecture.

        I’ve always been interested in things beyond this life. Sure, life has its spoils and I love a lot of things here, but when I started reading about NDE accounts I just can’t look at life the same way again.

          • trackerben
          • 6 years ago

          Oh yea NDEs are interesting even if the majority of cases might be hallucinations induced by underreported medication. What really catches my eye are reports of faithful personality change in those affected.

          If only it were possible to access the full interior experience of our minds. We could then spend our days reliving each other’s curious dreams instead of the hollow imagery of game developers and TV and film producers.

            • auxy
            • 6 years ago

            You guys could go ahead and attempt to have some near-death experiences. That would be okay with me! ╮(─▽─)╭

            • ronch
            • 6 years ago

            That’s not at all funny. Try harder.

            • auxy
            • 6 years ago

            It was about 85% sincere, so I suppose I succeeded!

            • trackerben
            • 6 years ago

            auxy, we don’t know about ronch’s personal situation so it might be best not to humor him this way

    • JohnC
    • 6 years ago

    None of these. My old dual-boot 13″ Macbook Pro is still doing fine (not looking to replace it with ultrabooks or new MacBooks – I like the built-in optical drive), same goes for my current iPad (it is fast enough for EVERYTHING and the display resolution is already good enough), my current video card, my current smartphone (my HTC One has large enough display and is fast enough for everything I do) and my current Windows OS (Windows 7). Not interested in streaming PC games on my TV’s either. And there are no upcoming games which would really excite me (sure, I’ll get BF4, but it’s because many of my friends will be playing it).

    • albundy
    • 6 years ago

    Other – SATA Express and DDR-4. need faster boots and starts on everything! its time that the slowest component, the storage drive, be powered up.

      • mcnabney
      • 6 years ago

      faster boots? Seriously? I think I deliberately boot my computer 4-5 times a year. Trimming those 30-40 seconds is hardly a priority.

        • albundy
        • 6 years ago

        my monthly electric bill is over $300 a month. i shave off more than $1200 annually by turning off my machine when not in use. its a definite priority for me.

        edit: not just my machine, but everything turns off on the surge when the main pc is turned off.

          • Pettytheft
          • 6 years ago

          Sleep mode and turn the monitors off. Anyway, It really is a couple of seconds now days with SSD’s. You are not going to get that much faster from a cold boot.

            • albundy
            • 6 years ago

            i wish it were that simple. i have too many things plugged in that i would have to manually turn on and off. the pc is on a main connector on the surge, so once there’s no electricity flowing through it, it automatically turns every other item off too. had to get a kill-a-watt meter to see why i was paying so much.

            • Airmantharp
            • 6 years ago

            …so you can’t afford another power strip?

            • albundy
            • 6 years ago

            FAILed post. did you even read what i wrote? its not about having another power strip.

            • Airmantharp
            • 6 years ago

            I did- you said you had too much crap plugged in. I’m wondering why.

      • f0d
      • 6 years ago

      my computer boots pretty fast with an ssd (about 30 seconds)
      i dont think saving *maybe* second or 2 would be a big deal to most people

      i also dont think it would improve as much with sata express and ddr4 as you think it would

        • auxy
        • 6 years ago

        Thirty seconds with an SSD?! What are you running, an ancient Pentium D? Or some kind of Linux crap?

        My machine boots Windows 7 in about nine seconds (cold boot), and Windows 8 in about four.

          • Deanjo
          • 6 years ago

          [quote<] Thirty seconds with an SSD?! What are you running, an ancient Pentium D? Or some kind of Linux crap? My machine boots Windows 7 in about nine seconds (cold boot), and Windows 8 in about four.[/quote<] Nine seconds? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Linux distros were booting off of a live CD to desktop in same amount of time on much slower hardware back in 2007. [url<]http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20070917#feature[/url<]

            • auxy
            • 6 years ago

            Yeah, to a minimal desktop environment with no hardware accelerated anything and no audio support. lol.

            • Deanjo
            • 6 years ago

            [quote<]no hardware accelerated anything and no audio support[/quote<] Wrong in both cases.

          • f0d
          • 6 years ago

          i have a 5.125 i7 3820

          i just timed it and it took about 48 seconds from pressing the power button to everthing is loaded in windows (OMG SHOCK HORROR.!) but i also have a setting in my bios “POST hold” or something like that that holds the post for 7 seconds so i have plenty of time to hit the del key for when i want to get into the bios

          i have 9 HDD’s (2 of them ssd’s) connected to 3 different controllers (intel/marvell/asmedia) with most HDD’s in RAID on my motherboard (x79 sabertooth) which all get used and seems to hold the time it takes to get to windows through all of its checks that it does when i start it up

          after the bios is done it takes maybe 2 or 3 seconds with the 840evo

          but honestly i dont care one little bit – i start up my pc maybe once a day (sometimes i keep it on overnight and it goes into sleep mode so i dont even have to start it up sometimes) and the small amount of time it takes just isnt an issue for me im never in such a rush that 30 or so seconds actually annoys me

          i would like to speed up the time it takes me to encode my bluray collection through handbrake though, some movies take me over 28 hours with my settings i have so the few seconds it takes for my computer to startup is almost nothing in comparison

      • tipoo
      • 6 years ago

      I’m at 15 seconds on my Momentus XT and Windows 8.1, I imagine proper SSDs are already decently below that. And besides, this is assuming peak bandwidth is the limiting factor for how much more SSDs can increase boot speed. And also, that SSDs themselves are the bottleneck anymore, as even the fastest seem to be clustering around 11 seconds now so it may be a processor bottleneck now.

      And DDR4? Meh. Apart from APU graphics, little is hitting the limits of 3 yet, and 4 is mostly for lower power in laptops iirc. New DDR standards also come with higher latency for those clock speed increases.

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 6 years ago

    OriginOS.

    • End User
    • 6 years ago

    Other – OS X Mavericks

      • adisor19
      • 6 years ago

      Yes, same here. I managed to mess up my ASUS UX31A 10.8.4 hackintosh so now I rather wait for Mavericks before attempting a reinstall.

      Adi

      • tipoo
      • 6 years ago

      I’m excited for that only in that I hope it fixes Mountain Lion still feeling like a doodoo resource hog on a still decent system. Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 all felt perfectly fast on that Macbook (C2D 2.4, 8GB RAM, 320M graphics), but it just feels pudgy opening things and just doing anything. Still not up to Snow Leopard speed or battery life, while Windows on the other hand seems to keep getting faster.

    • FireGryphon
    • 6 years ago

    Bay Trail tablets are the thing to watch. After seeing the Asus T100 I can’t wait to see what other companies come up with.

    We are quickly moving into a period of true desktop capability in a portable device.

      • ET3D
      • 6 years ago

      Of all the products on the list, a Bay Trail tablet is the only thing I’m considering buying. It’s the only product I feel a need for.

      I do look forward to graphics card price reductions, and might at some point buy a new mid range card, but I’m not as excited about that as I am about the tablets.

      I’m also looking forward to more details of SteamOS and the rest of the hardware, and I’d love to check out the controller.

      • shaurz
      • 6 years ago

      I’ve always dreamed of a fanless laptop with all day battery life… I think now we are getting pretty close. Shows what Intel can do when they are forced to do it. I have no interest in the overpriced, power-sucking Haswell.

    • zzz
    • 6 years ago

    Other: Half life 3

    • flip-mode
    • 6 years ago

    I can’t even vote”other”; there really isn’t anything I’ve heard is coming that I’m genuinely excited about.

      • zenlessyank
      • 6 years ago

      This.

      Under ‘Other’, I guess the release of 800,000 federal employees tomorrow mite be interesting.

    • jjj
    • 6 years ago

    others by far
    Bay Trail – even if they do well in benchmarks they optimize for it doesn’t mean it’s worth it and nobody tests real life apps,or proper battery life.And then you got the GPU and price and ….
    Ultrabooks -right because paying more for less is something a sane person should be excited about
    ipad – guess you got to include a joke in any poll
    Radeon – if most are rebrands and if we might see 20nm GPUs in first half of next year, this is not exciting at all
    Steam OS and boxes – maybe if it was on ARM and with serious GPUs, just the fact that someone is pushing ARM there would be interesting but as it is now it’s pretty boring
    Surface Pro- another joke option?
    Windows 8.1 – the square salad still makes me puke

    So , nothing even mildly exciting in the poll.
    Oculus Rift, Google Glass, 4k monitors, 20 nm anything ,bigLITTLE with all cores enabled are all more exciting than your options. Hell, even Nexus 5 or Ikea selling solar panels are more exciting than anything on your list.

    • Sahrin
    • 6 years ago

    Can’t believe that many people are excited about another Linux distro.

    Bay Trail tablets, baby. Better than iPad-class performance for less than iPad-price. Oh yeah, full Windows ecosystem.

      • Deanjo
      • 6 years ago

      [quote<]Can't believe that many people are excited about another Linux distro.[/quote<] They are excited because it is a distro with some big names and dollars behind it and a willingness to work with the larger linux community (and that is not associated focused on corporate uses such as Redhat and Novell). That was once Ubuntu's appeal however over the last year or so they have quickly become the black sheep of the community by refusing to work with the very community that provided them everything to get going with.

        • Flatland_Spider
        • 6 years ago

        It’s crazy how quickly Canonical lost the plot. They had the vision and the mission statement, “Human Linux”, but they stagnated and jumped the shark. Ubuntu was never really for me, but they did some good stuff back in the day.

        This goes farther back then a couple of years. I think this started with the brand make over they went through a couple of years ago. They lost all of their quirkiness and became bland.

        Not helping out upstream was one of the criticisms of Canonical for a long time. It’s when they started shunning better solutions for arbitrary reasons that things got really bad. For instance, Systemd would be a good fit for a desktop/phone OS, but Canonical insists on Upstart.

        I always get the feeling they never really got FOSS, or who they were fighting. Contrast this with Red Hat who knows exactly who they are fighting and gets FOSS.

          • Deanjo
          • 6 years ago

          There is a difference between SteamOS and Redhat/Novell. Redhat/Novell were worrying about the enterprise customer. SteamOS and Gabe however is doing something that no other distro has, getting the attention and support from OEMs and hardware companies like nVidia and intel working towards a much improved experience to a end user who really couldn’t care if the code was open sourced or not (although that benefit still exists).

          [quote<]Red Hat who knows exactly who they are fighting and gets FOSS.[/quote<] PS: Actually Novell has done more on that front taking and defeating patent trolls in court over and over.

          • ermo
          • 6 years ago

          Yeah, this summarizes it pretty well. Except, I don’t think they stagnated (which implies that they ran out of ideas). I think they actively chose to pursue ideas that could have been good, but turned out to be bad — for a variety of reaons.

          As it is, Canonical/Ubuntu have basically lost the plot and the buzz and are fighting for relevance in an increasingly indifferent market, where Linux Mint + Cinnamon caters to Ubuntu’s traditional user base better than Ubuntu itself, and where Android has a vastly bigger developer ecosystem in the phone/tablet space.

          The fact that they’re saddled with bzr (integrated with Launchpad) and have decided to stick with Upstart, when git and systemd are clearly winning in the development and plumbing stakes respectively, means that they are slowly, but surely running out of synergy with the wider Linux development community.

          It is my distinct impression that no self-respecting Linux dev actively wants to be stuck with uncool tech on an uncool platform. And Ubuntu is turning uncool and insular fast. It looks to be a dead-end, sadly.

      • Flatland_Spider
      • 6 years ago

      It’s a gaming platform, and TR is ultimately a gaming centric site.

    • Stickmansam
    • 6 years ago

    AMD R9 290x > Baytrail Tablets > Steam OS imo

    • Chrispy_
    • 6 years ago

    Other:

    [list<][*<]Google Nexus 5 phone. [/*<][*<]Windows 8.2, or whatever it takes to make a desktop-focused OS. [/*<][*<]SATA Express and SSD's to match [/*<][*<]Like, seriously, a start button that doesn't dump you back into Metro.... [/*<][*<]A competitive AMD CPU at the high-end. [/*<][*<]HL3,[/*<][/list<] Holy crap, this list just became [i<]unbelievable[/i<], so I might as well just say it: [list<][*<][b<]I AM WAITING FOR A BACON UNICORN.[/b<][/*<][/list<]

    • chµck
    • 6 years ago

    Windows 8.1
    It’s the only thing on the list that I would personally be using/getting.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 6 years ago

    I voted other because I want to see if Apple goes high density and A6X in an iPad mini. Not to buy one but to see if they at least justify its existence.

    iPad 5 back cover video over the weekend made it look like it finally won’t be way too big. Only kinda too big.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 6 years ago

    Nexus 11.

    • Airmantharp
    • 6 years ago

    Voted Radeon, because I’m interested in watching AMD’s ‘comeback’, and whether or not they get their stuff together, how well they actually work, and how Nvidia responds.

    The better AMD does here, the better for us all.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 6 years ago

      Not if by “doing better” you mean Mantle. Mantle is just a bad idea, plain and simple. It’s going to start a war that AMD cannot possibly win. nVidia won’t win it, either.

      But Intel will.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 6 years ago

        Coming never: PS6, Xbox Two and Wii V with Intel GPU!

          • Airmantharp
          • 6 years ago

          How far do you think Intel is from being a ‘viable’ gaming GPU vendor?

          I’d say one hardware generation, if they chose to take that path. That path doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for them, yet, but given that they can amortize their GPU efforts as CPU improvements, and that their fabs are the best in the world, you can see how they are quickly getting to the point where they can challenge AMD and Nvidia in the graphics arena outright.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 6 years ago

            Far enough away for them to scrap their graphics cards, despite the fact that they keep developing the very same chips for niche applications that even use them in PCIe card form.

            • Airmantharp
            • 6 years ago

            To be fair, those ‘graphics cards’ were anything but, while they do perform extremely well as compute processors, in direct competition to the ‘graphics cards’ that are sold as compute cards (Tesla, etc.).

            And they aren’t related, at all, to Intel’s current graphics technology.

        • Airmantharp
        • 6 years ago

        Mantle isn’t a great idea- but it isn’t a terrible one, either. It’d be terrible if no one supported it substantially, but it’s launching with what will be an extremely popular AAA title. It’s a hell of a lot better than PhysX, if you’re willing to accept that comparison.

        But the ‘war’ that it will start is good. It puts pressure on everyone- Nvidia, Intel, Microsoft- to do better for the gaming community.

        As for AMD ‘doing better’, I’m referring to three primary things- first, they need WHQL drivers that actually do everything they market their products to do. Second, they need hardware that is first class- not just from a performance perspective, but seriously, give Nvidia some competition in the GPU cooler market. Open-air coolers are bad. Third, they need to step up their marketing game; they have the products (assuming they polish them as well as they’ve promised they will) to stand toe-to-toe with Nvidia across the GPU spectrum, but aside from being the ‘cheap’ option that gives away lots of games, no one really knows it. They need to show the world that they’re the ‘quality’ option too.

          • f0d
          • 6 years ago

          im actually more excited for mantle than i am the actual graphics card (voted radeon)
          hopefully it will make microsoft or khronos get off their ass and do something to OGL or DX to give game devs lower level access to the hardware

          i agree its LOADS more useful than PhysX and i have a Nvidia graphics cards (2x 670’s) – i dont find PhysX useful at all (more FPS and other eye candy>silly physics additions to some games)

          this is a war im actually looking forward to 🙂

    • dpaus
    • 6 years ago

    Other: Star Wars Episode VII: Return of Jar-Jar

      • Airmantharp
      • 6 years ago

      Only if the release poster has him on meat hooks.

      • NeelyCam
      • 6 years ago

      Sarcasm is strong on this one

    • Flatland_Spider
    • 6 years ago

    I voted other.

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 which is scheduled for the second half of 2013.

    Fedora 20 which should be out December 3rd.

    Avoton/Bay Trail-D boards.

    Steamboxes do intrigue me.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 6 years ago

    I had to vote Windows 8.1 for the trollvote….but I’m not really truly looking forward to any of the other things and didn’t have anything in mind for ‘other’, and since I’ll upgrade to Windows 8.1 it earned my vote. Bay Trail tablets was close, but as promising as they are they aren’t *quite* there yet, and I’ve sort of been there done that with tablets and am unlikely to buy one before Bay Trail’s successor is out.

    • kcarlile
    • 6 years ago

    Haswell Retina Macbook Pro, thankyaverramuch.

    • NeelyCam
    • 6 years ago

    Haswell Ultrabooks was my #1 pick, closely followed by “Other” (=Merrifield phone)

      • dpaus
      • 6 years ago

      Wow, getting desperate…

        • NeelyCam
        • 6 years ago

        No desperation – AT&T won’t let me have an upgrade until October 2014 – plenty of time.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 6 years ago

          Your fault for going contract. You use Android man, get a Nexus phone!

            • Airmantharp
            • 6 years ago

            I don’t see the point of going ‘off’ contract- pay more for the phone (or get less phone), while paying the same monthly fee. Might as well let AT&T eat some of the cost of the phone.

            • Pwnstar
            • 6 years ago

            There’s this thing called a Mobile virtual network operator, maybe you’ve heard of them.

            You do NOT need to pay the same high monthly fee. You actually overpay for the “free” phone on a 2-year contract.

            • Airmantharp
            • 6 years ago

            Absolutely. And honestly, when my ‘contract’ is up, I’ll be looking into those (as they are moving targets), but there’s still a lot of unanswered questions- like, is the quality of service the same? I mean, exactly the same?

            That’s why I’m on the cheaper of the big two- I actually need national service, and I don’t need to be dealing with potential ‘issues’ surrounding the classification as a ‘second tier’ user associated with MVNOs.

            I will say that since the topic is up, I’d surely like to hear other’s experience and thoughts on using MVNOs. It’s not like I enjoy paying AT&T.

            • cygnus1
            • 6 years ago

            I use Straight talk on my factory unlocked iPhone. $45/month for unlimited everything. It’s worked everywhere I’ve seen someone with AT&T work and where it didn’t work neither did they. Hard to beat, honestly. The cheapest plan that AT&T will offer for their service is $110, forget that nonsense. Another option would be to use their gophone service. $60/month gets you unlimited minutes and txt and 2gb of data. And then you buy more data as necessary. No authorized tethering except on the high dollar AT&T plan though.

            Get out of the contracts, they are no where near worth what is charged for them, free/cheaper phones or not.

            • Pwnstar
            • 6 years ago

            The difference between $45 and $60 phone plans is $360 over 2 years.

            • cygnus1
            • 6 years ago

            and that’s half the price of most unlocked phones. and if you go over 2GB, you’ll be spending even more on that $60 plan

            • Sahrin
            • 6 years ago

            There’s this thing called a roaming agreement. MVNO’s don’t have them.

            • Pwnstar
            • 6 years ago

            Some do; it pays to do your research.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 6 years ago

            Maybe you haven’t looked at plan pricing for the last few years. Aside from MVNOs mentioned in Pwnstar’s reply, carriers now have some reasonable direct no-contract plans. AT&T has a $40 plan with 200MB, 500 minutes and unlimited text, and a $60 plan with 2GB and unlimited everything else with additonal data at $10/GB. Those two plans cover both the low data/phone use customer and the heavy user with much more value than contract plans that run ~$90/month after taxes. (I use the $40 plan because I don’t use a ton of data – no media streaming – or minutes, so my Nexus 4 has been ‘paid for’ versus a contract+high-end subsidized phone after a mere 3-4 months. I stick with the AT&T direct plan because the coverage is superior to even AT&T MVNOs where I feel coverage is most critical – out in the sticks away from major roads.)

            Saving $30-50/month quickly pays for a Nexus phone now that Google sells them so cheaply, but even before the Nexus 4 pricing and these kind of no-contract plans there have been no-contract+phone pricing that was a superior value, it jsut took longer to break even.

            [url<]http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html[/url<]

            • Airmantharp
            • 6 years ago

            I’m going to have to reevaluate how I use data on my phone- actually, if I had a competent phone (go Samsung!), I’d probably use more than I do.

            That’s the main reason I’ve stayed on a contract; I’m grandfathered into AT&T’s unlimited data service. Even though it throttles after 5GB, I’m still good.

            However, at $10/GB after 2GB, I’d likely be saving a bit; and if I used the data, well, I’d be throttled with my contract plan before I spent more on the no-contract plan, and I’d never be throttled on the no-contract plan.

            I’m actually pretty glad we had this conversation- I’ll be keeping my eye open for phones not made by Samsung :).

            • derFunkenstein
            • 6 years ago

            If only Verizon would allow LTE prepaid it would have gone that route.

            • Airmantharp
            • 6 years ago

            I’d love Verizon- if I could afford it.

            Also, their phones mostly suck. Not sure why that is, but they do try pretty hard at it.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 6 years ago

            They have all the big names. Sgs4, note 3, iPhone 5s all at release. They were late on the HTC One and can’t carry a Nexus since they botched the GNex.

            The bill is hefty for my 3-line family plan with 6gb shared but they’re the only one with coverage in the rural areas I frequent. After tax and three insurance policies it’s about 230 but it’s the only game in town. Without insurance it’s more like 200.

            • Flatland_Spider
            • 6 years ago

            Verizon is still a CDMA network while the other carriers, besides Sprint, use TDMA, so CDMA phones don’t get as much love as TDMA phones. The carriers should standardize on LTE, but there will still be some legacy parts.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 6 years ago

            Once VoLTE gets switched on, Verizon will be free to do LTE-only phones, or LTE+GSM for world compatibility.

            • Sahrin
            • 6 years ago

            I don’t know why you are getting downvoted, there are no contracts from AT&T and Verizon and Sprint that *don’t* include the cost of the phone, not getting the biggest subsidy you can is stupid.

            You can go the MVNO route as others are saying, but there are downsides to that (no roaming agreements, sometimes lesser phone choices, sometimes lesser data services).

            • MadManOriginal
            • 6 years ago

            It is stupid when you can more than make up for the subsidy in less than 6-9 months, even if you get a higher-end ‘full price’ phone in the $600 range will still come out ahead way before a 2-year contract is up. It does depend upon usage to an extent, say if you use a very high amount of data or need coverage in a certain area that MVNOs or carrier direct pre-paid plans don’t cover, then it depends upon how much you value those things.

      • adisor19
      • 6 years ago

      Haswell MacBook Air has been out for a while. What are you waiting for ? Chrismass ?!

      DukeNukem

    • DancinJack
    • 6 years ago

    Bay Trail gogogogoogogogogo

    • sschaem
    • 6 years ago

    The PS4 is not on the list, but surface 2 and windows8.1 is…. whaaaaaaaat ?

      • NeelyCam
      • 6 years ago

      That’s because the official TR policy is ConsolesSUCK™

        • Bauxite
        • 6 years ago

        Alt 0153™

          • dpaus
          • 6 years ago

          Alt 0000 [super<]Lazy[/super<]

            • Bauxite
            • 6 years ago

            Bored
            [super<]up up[/super<] [sub<]down down[/sub<] < > < > [b<]ß[/b<] [u<]ª[/u<] sele©t sta®r™

            • Bauxite
            • 6 years ago

            ooooo, TR formats only show in full comments, unicodes show on short preview too 🙂

          • NeelyCam
          • 6 years ago

          Nice; thanks!

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 6 years ago

      It’s Tech Report: They’ll report on the XBone but not on the PS4.

      • bowman
      • 6 years ago

      This is a computer site.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 6 years ago

      You haven’t noticed the plain MS bias of late? No one’s interested in Surface yet we keep getting more articles about it.

        • auxy
        • 6 years ago

        Speak for yourself! I’m interested in the Surface! I had a Surface Pro for a week before I decided $1000 was too much to spend on somethin that can’t play games.

        I loved it. It was the best portable device I have ever used, and that includes a lot of Apple, Sony, Samsung, and other ASUS hardware. So amazing.

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 6 years ago

          60 votes out of over two thousand (Now 87 votes out of over 4000 – even more damning). Not worth doing the constant articles about Surface. Nor should TR be spending an inordinate amount of time on RT or Windows 8.x until there’s something there for the users here to be interested in.

          MS is killing the desktop and they have only themselves to blame for it. I refuse to give them a friggin dime until they wise up.

          There’s always a tiny minority (often vocal) that loves things – that doesn’t mean that catering to them will be fruitful. Frankly I think this poll is an acknowledgement that there is a stunning lack of reader interest in these things and they’re being cautious to see how deep the antipathy is.

            • f0d
            • 6 years ago

            “other” only has 230 which covers the ps4 xbone GTA5 ddr4 sata express mantle affordable 4k displays competitive amd cpus + more

            not really many votes on that one for all the things people are complaining in here about not making the poll

            • destroy.all.monsters
            • 6 years ago

            Are you actually arguing that 2%>8%? Or that Mantle isn’t also covered under Radeon? Or that lately TR hasn’t had a disproportionate number of articles addressing both Surface and 8.x?

            There needs to be some proportionality and some realization that the user base is significantly less interested in those things than the coverage indicates.

            • f0d
            • 6 years ago

            im saying that with all the subjects that “other” covers its a very small amount of people voting for it
            individually do you think any of the “other” items i mentioned would actually beat the surface for votes?

            personally i haven’t noticed any extra attention the surface has received here and im not arguing against your claims what i AM saying is that there are probably more people interested in surface than PS4 (which the original comment is about here)

            i couldnt care less about the surface but i do think there are people interested in it and it was a valid option in the votes

            and either way PS4/XBone/GTA5/affordable 4k displays/competitive amd cpu’s + whatever else would have had low votes going by how low the votes are in “other”

            • destroy.all.monsters
            • 6 years ago

            I think Mantle is, as I mentioned, part of the Radeon selection and that it by itself would likely be higher than Surface. I don’t think it’s an invalid selection – in fact I think that it’s great that it’s a choice because it shows how few people are interested.

            The reason people are interested in the PS4 is due to its more PC-like architecture and that it’s open in a way that Xbone isn’t. I think it’s reached a point where it’s PC “enough” to get coverage here. Keep in mind that this isn’t multiple choice where interest is graduated – it’s winner take all.

            We had something like 3 articles in the last week to week and a half on the Surface. We also keep getting posts about Win 8.x that also very few people are interested in. I’m not arguing that there should be zero coverage – just a more proportional amount that reflects the readership better.

            • Diplomacy42
            • 6 years ago

            Some people don’t put much thought into which box they click in a poll. I’m sure if TR had listed all of those things the cumulative % would have been higher than 8%

          • Cuhulin
          • 6 years ago

          I am reading this and replying on a Surface Pro. I use it far more than my rMBP, though the MacBook plays games. The Surface Pro 2 may deliver the best of both!

            • Diplomacy42
            • 6 years ago

            so the shiny has warn off your rMBP and you are overly susceptible to marketing.

      • Buzzard44
      • 6 years ago

      Surface 2 is what TR calls the “cheese” option.

    • Shobai
    • 6 years ago

    I’d be interested to hear what the “Other” voters are looking forward to, perhaps they could post?

      • brucethemoose
      • 6 years ago

      Half Life 3

        • Captain Ned
        • 6 years ago

        A nice stinky cheese,

      • mutarasector
      • 6 years ago

      Asus Trio Traanformer.

        • trackerben
        • 6 years ago

        Same

      • not@home
      • 6 years ago

      AMD to release something competitive in the CPU market so that prices go down and Intel stops resting on its laurels.

        • Deanjo
        • 6 years ago

        I think he wanted suggestions within the realms of possibility.

        • BaronMatrix
        • 6 years ago

        AMD is VERY competitive except in benchmarks, which Intel cheats on…

        You guys suck…

          • chuckula
          • 6 years ago

          Baron… what happened to the days of you actually caring about your trolls? Seriously, you sound like you are just phoning it in now. Oh how I pine for the days of Barcelona trolls…

      • reeltrouble
      • 6 years ago

      Affordable 4k displays

        • Airmantharp
        • 6 years ago

        You should be more specific-

        Affordable 4k displays THAT can accept a 60Hz input signal over HDMI 2.0 and DP along with the ’tiled’ HDMI inputs, that have no measurable input lag, very low ghosting, decent color gamut, color and brightness uniformity, reasonable contrast with decent blacks, and decent viewing angles.

        Note that I use the word ‘decent’ a lot- I don’t expect perfection in ‘affordable’ displays, but if the Korean IPS houses (and their US counter-parts at MicroCenter and Monoprice, etc.) can do it at 1440p and 1600p, they can do it at 2160p/4k too.

        • Wirko
        • 6 years ago

        Even 2880×1800 would be great if it came at some sensible size for a desktop. 15″ isn’t that, and neither is 32″ if the price is proportional to the surface area.

          • vargis14
          • 6 years ago

          A nice double wide monitor would be nice like 3840×1200 or even 3840×1080. That should be easy to design and would make for a awesome gaming/workstation monitor..even if it works out to be 36 inches wide or something like that.

        • NeelyCam
        • 6 years ago

        Affordable 4k projectors

      • HallsMint
      • 6 years ago

      Nexus 5

        • nico1982
        • 6 years ago

        Same here, especially since the Moto X has been quite disappointing and I’m not talking about the hardware.

        • tipoo
        • 6 years ago

        This. Definitely need an upgrade from my Nexus S, and screw paying 650 bucks for a high end smartphone when the Nexii are 300 less.

          • dmjifn
          • 6 years ago

          The Nexus 4 is still relevant. And as a reward for waiting, you can get a good deal from an upgrade addict. Or get a new 16gb version for 100 bucks off the release price.

            • tipoo
            • 6 years ago

            That’s a possibility, and the 4 would still be a staggering performance update from the Nexus S I have, and I may not even be able to tell the difference in speed from the N4 to N5. But if it’s still 300 bones, I think I may as well get that, especially with a Koodo tab accounting for $150 or something. I keep my stuff for a long time (obviously) and in theory the 5 should have at least a year or a major OS update over the 4 in life span.

      • Deanjo
      • 6 years ago

      The next season of ST:TNG on bluray.

        • Airmantharp
        • 6 years ago

        I’m totally waiting for them to all hit at once, so that I can buy the collection on sale. But yeah, this is pretty high on my list…

          • Deanjo
          • 6 years ago

          Also waiting for X-Files to be released on bluray but that is going to be a while yet from the “buzz” on the street.

        • RickyTick
        • 6 years ago

        Season 3 of Walking Dead on Netflix!!
        Final Season of Breaking Bad on Netflix!!
        Season 2 of House of Cards on Netflix!!

        • shaq_mobile
        • 6 years ago

        DS9. But I’d also appreciate TNG and Xfiles

        • NeelyCam
        • 6 years ago

        Third season of GoT on bluray

      • cheerful hamster
      • 6 years ago

      I voted for the Bay Trail tablets, but I’d also like to see Sony release the 13.3″ eInk device they showed off at SID Display Week.

      • Chrispy_
      • 6 years ago

      See my other post

      (but genuinely, I’m looking forward to a faster CPU architecture. My sandy-bridge CPU is still faster than the Haswell equivalent simply because it will overclock.

      So yeah, Haswell is 7% faster than Ivy, which is 7% faster than Sandy. I know that a 4.8GHz Sandy is as common as a 4.3GHz Haswell. Either Scott or Anand quoted someone at Asus who had tested thousands of 4770K’s, and above 4.4GHz the odds are not good. 15% extra IPC is worthless when the clock is 15% lower and it cooks itself in the process….

        • JohnC
        • 6 years ago

        [url<]http://www.rainbowzombiesatemyunicorn.de/wp/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/bacon_unicorn-500x418.jpg[/url<] ?

          • Chrispy_
          • 6 years ago

          I did some reply-fail and you were inb4 the fix.

          Nonetheless, I approve.

        • cygnus1
        • 6 years ago

        Definitely agree with you on that. The scenario it’s great for me for, is that I want dead silent. Haswell S models work quite well for that. My system doesn’t even spin up the fans unless I start playing a video game that taxes the system. At the lower speeds of the S models, the extra IPC does in fact come in handy.

        • auxy
        • 6 years ago

        Is that even if you remove the IHS, though? My 3570K wouldn’t OC for crap before I delidded it; now I’m at 4.4Ghz stable with just a +25mV bump; low temps even in a cramped case for my NH-C14 (Zalman ZM-T2). I realize I probably got an exceptionally good chip, but it still ran really hot before the IHS removal.

          • Airmantharp
          • 6 years ago

          As much as the enthusiast in me likes the idea, the pragmatist in me feints at the concept of cracking open a $200-$300 CPU for the sake of netting another 100MHz-200MHz.

          But I am running on Sandy, so I don’t have that issue (yet).

            • auxy
            • 6 years ago

            Well, I was hitting 70C under load at 4Ghz with the same cooler I have now; removing the IHS — which took all of 5 minutes; granted, I’m kind of an expert at this by this point — dropped me down to just 59C under load at 4.4Ghz. It’s a big difference.

        • f0d
        • 6 years ago

        i totally agree
        my i7 3820 is sitting on 5.125ghz which i doubt i would get anywhere near with an ivy-e or haswell
        hopefully haswell-e or skylake will OC good because unless they do i have no use for them

      • ColdMist
      • 6 years ago

      Asus Transformer Infinity TF701T with Tegra 4

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 6 years ago

      Mantle, SteamOS, new versions of FreeBSD/PC-BSD, OpenZFS.

      Also anything positive about AMD.

      Nothing MS related unless or until they return to the desktop paradigm.

      • faramir
      • 6 years ago

      I voted “other”; I’m looking forward to Kaveri and am also quite interested in seeing how Baytrail on desktop turns out (price and performance wise – dreams of passively cooled computer that performs roughly on par with my current Core2Duo). There’s not a single choice on the list above that interests me even half as much.

      • Prestige Worldwide
      • 6 years ago

      Maxwell

      • spigzone
      • 6 years ago

      World peace and a good 5 cent spliff.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 6 years ago

      Source 2, Path of Exile 1.0, GTA5 on PC, Something to actually be done about our broken government. Might be waiting a while on that last one.

      • bitcat70
      • 6 years ago

      Kabini/Bay Trail nettops

      • jihadjoe
      • 6 years ago

      Life coaching from Krogoth.

        • Deanjo
        • 6 years ago

        You’ll never impress him with your efforts.

      • auxy
      • 6 years ago

      My number one thing would definitely have to be machines based on Kabini and Temash. Kaveri is a big one too. Haswell-E and new Nvidia GPUs third and fourth, and fifth probably PS4 and Xbone. So none of the above even makes it into the top 5.

      • jihadjoe
      • 6 years ago

      I’m actually looking forward to the new consoles.

        • jihadjoe
        • 6 years ago

        Yes, I mean Xbone!

      • RenatoPassos
      • 6 years ago

      [list=1<] [*<] Dark Souls 2; [/*<][*<] The Witcher 3; [/*<][*<] a top-of-the-line Android phone with a camera as good as the one in the Lumia 1020; [/*<][*<] The Last Guardian; 🙁 [/*<][*<] AMD becoming competitive in the CPU business again; [/*<][*<] the NSA mess to go away; [/*<][*<] the SOPA / ACTA / TPP mess going away and never being resurrected; [/*<][*<] a lot (maybe not all) of the Patriot Act mess going away; [/*<][*<] politicians in all countries becoming just the slightest bit more decent...[/*<] [/list<] Unfortunately, I'm guessing only 1 and 2 are actually feasible in the short term, and [i<]maybe[/i<] #3 will happen in the next couple years (I'm a camera hobbyist and Xperia S let me down...). I'm not holding my breath for the other ones.

      • Kaleid
      • 6 years ago

      OLED, 120hz, anti-glare, 24″

      • indeego
      • 6 years ago

      Fiber to my house.

      Next Generation Storage I/O.

      Linux to take me away from Windows once and for all.

      Firefox OS to take me away from Android.

      • wizpig64
      • 6 years ago

      1440p 120hz OLED low-latency monitors

    • C-A_99
    • 6 years ago

    I have a few old systems sitting around with little to do. SteamOS could breathe new life into them.

    Hopefully the streaming supports non-Steam titles, since I have some fullscreen applications I’d like to bring to the TV, without dragging a rig along with it.) The new controller, if compatible with Windows, would be a nice substitution over the wireless mouse/keyboard on the couch too. Wireless mice on the couch promote carpal tunnel syndrome.

    • PopcornMachine
    • 6 years ago

    “South Park: The Stick of Truth” is not on the list.

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