2013 is here, which means new generation GPU’s that will render your’s obsolete; Smaller, faster and cooler CPU’s; Bigger and brighter monitors that render in the 5th dimension; Quieter cooling solutions that need no power, nor fans, nor contain water or a liquid of any kind…basically everything that is far superior to what you have right now. This all will undoubtedly evoke a kind of covetous sadness once you are over the shock. To avoid these feelings of discontent, we have put together this article to prepare you for what is to come.

Inevitably these products are coming – they always come…like an unstoppable wave of redundancy. So, what do you do once they land? Give in to the illustrious Computer Upgrade Disorder or otherwise known as CUD? Or save your hard earned Madiba’s for the next-generation of pixel-munchers and crunchers? Good question. When faced with it, I always try and keep Moores Law in mind. Simply put: Technology doubles every 2 years. For example, I would personally wait if you have forked out within the last 12 – 18 months. On the other hand however, if you are looking to upgrade, be it out of sheer desperation and/or frustration or the over indulgent, omnipresent CUD, then this is what to look out for this year:

Intel:

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Details were revealed at CES this year about Intel’s new 22nm Haswell processors that are built on the Shark Bay platform. The chips will come in both duel-core and quad-core variations. Both however will feature the new HD 4500 iGPU (integrated graphics processing unit) which is believed to be able to deliver twice the performance of the HD 4000 that featured on the Ivy bridge processors. The launch date for these bad boys has not be set as yet, but leaked information suggests an early Q2 2013 release.

AMD:

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Unlike Intel, AMD revealed their full line of Processors at CES 2013. The desktop processor has been codenamed Kavery and is based on a 28mn process. It will feature 2-4 “Steamroller” cores as well as a next gen GPU core – likely to be DX12 compatible. Kavery chips are likely to launch towards the latter half of 2012 and rumor has it that they will be AM3+ compatible as well, which is good news if you are running a disappointing bulldozer chip.

AMD Radeon:

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On the Radeon side of things not much has been released about the upcoming HD 8000 range of GPU’s set for release this year. With exception of the fact that they will be called…HD 8000. Rumor has it the 8990, 8970 and 8950 will all drop first, leaked info suggests it will boast a 384mb/s bus speed. Besides the sadness it will evoke, it will likely decimate all – Well, that is if every other AMD Radeon Flagship is to go by. All we know is that AMD are staying mum about it for now. More to come on this soon.

NVIDIA:

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These guys have been busy, the Tegra 4 processor looks like it is going to dominate the next-gen mobile and tablet PC market, which is why we have not focused on the upcoming 3rd Generation AMD processors, Kabani and Tamesh in this article. Also, with the release of Nvidia Shield and Grid all evidence indicates that NVIDIA have been spending all their time focused on mobile-based gaming in the cloud. Fear not though, although little has been said about the Next generation of NVIDIA GPU’s to date (likely to be called the 700 series and DX12 compliant) we know that they have been equally hard at work, what with stealing AMD’s employees along with sensitive company data and secrets. Watch this space, things are likely to get pretty good real quick within the next few months.

Xbox 720 and Playstation 4:

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The hype and anticipation for the release of these two competitors is building fast via the interwebs. Speculations, rumors, specifications and even designs are starting to fly around as a result thereof. What we do know, is that the expectation for these two consoles is at an all time high. All the same, here are some of the rumors we managed to get our grimy mitts on…

PS4:

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Rumor has it that Sony’s flagship will sport an 8 Core processor that will be clocked at 1.6GHz. The GPU will comprise of AMD’s new Jaguar architecture (Featured in their Kabani and Tamesh processors) which is designed to consume less power giving a lot more performance headroom. In terms of RAM, a huge 4GB of GDDR5 memory is expected so feature in the PS4. Don’t hold your breath though, these things are likely to change overnight. Lastly, as was accustom to the latter editions of the PS3, rumor suggests that the PS4 will NOT be backward compatible…so don’t let go of your PS3 just yet.

Xbox 720:

Microsoft’s console is rumored to be the last word on home entertainment. Sporting a similar setup to Sony’s PS4 in terms of internal hardware, as well as Blue-Ray player, Digital sound output up to 7.1, 3D ready output, full cloud synchronization and built in Kinect 2.0 features, it will surely be a force to be reckoned with. More to come on this soon.

We are hoping to hear more about these to consoles in the coming months, hopefully the whispers about the 10-11 month waiting period until we see the release of these next-gen gaming monsters is not just wishful stake in the ground.