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Worldwide PC shipments have increased for the first time in six years

Is the PC market recovering?

Worldwide PC shipments have increased for the first time in six years

Worldwide PC shipments have increased for the first time in six years

The PC market has been shrinking since 2012, with the last period of market growth being in Q1 of that year. Since then many have stated that the "death of the PC is imminent", thinking that smartphones and tablets would quickly replace the desktops and laptop PCs of yesteryear.  

Fast forward to 2018 and the PC market is far from dead, Microsoft's Windows 10 has been widely successful, and increased competition from AMD in the CPU market and the growth of PC gaming has given more consumers the desire to replace or upgrade their systems. 

Gartner, a research and advisory organisation, has revealed that PC shipments have grown for the first time in six years, an extremely positive result for the computer industry. This data includes desktop systems, notebooks and ultraportable systems, but excludes products like Chromebooks and iPads. 

The industry's 1.4% growth may not seem like much, but it is a sign of a partial recovery for the PC market, though we will have to see data from future quarters to see whether or not this growth is a medium-long term trend or a short-term anomaly. 

  
Worldwide PC shipments have increased for the first time in six years(Table from BusinessWire)

Some of this growth can be attributed to the release of AMD's Ryzen series of processors and Intel's response with Coffee Lake, giving consumers and businesses a larger performance-based reason to upgrade their systems.

Low-cost/high-performance 6-8 core processors have given both professional and consumers more of a reason to upgrade than any new processor series since 2012, with PC shipment decline happening around a year after the introduction of Intel's Sandy Bridge CPU architecture. It is arguable that a lack of innovation in the CPU market is a partial reason for why PC sales have declined in recent years. 

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14-07-2018, 14:18:46

Greenback
I think you hit the nail on the head in your article, Sandy bridge has been good enough that there hasn't really been a need to upgrade AMD had nothing to offer and Intel only slight improvements that gaming wise gave little and cost to much £Quote

14-07-2018, 14:25:24

AlienALX
Impressive, given the bum bleeding price of memory and SSDs etc.Quote

14-07-2018, 19:56:48

NeverBackDown
The PCMR is on the rise again!Quote

14-07-2018, 21:01:50

g0ggles1994
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
I think you hit the nail on the head in your article, Sandy bridge has been good enough that there hasn't really been a need to upgrade AMD had nothing to offer and Intel only slight improvements that gaming wise gave little and cost to much £
Yep, I'd agree pretty much nailed it as well. Plus from my experience, people only really replace them once they've kicked the Silicon Bucket.

I will say that whenever anyone has asked me to get them a new machine, I just tell them get a model that's a year or two old since the price on new machines is just stupid for such a little performance jump. I got my old ThinkPad laptop with an Ivy Bridge i3 in pretty much perfect condition for £150 after Broadwell came out and outperformed anything up to double that price.Quote

15-07-2018, 07:57:49

sheroo
I still have 4 sandy/ivy PC's in the house, no need to upgrade they're all still doing fine...Quote
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