8 Technologies We Want

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giggleooza

Freesync can't replace gsync. http://toptengamer.squidoo.com/top-g-sync-monitors

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limitbreaker

I just read the article you linked us to and the author didn't know anything about freesync. He clearly stated that "I have to see it to believe it"... It was an opinion article.

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ITMinion

Why has there not been a laptop/mobile device, that uses the heat from the processor (and or graphics card) to charge the battery?, to power the processor, to charge the battery...............and so on...endless power.......

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limitbreaker

You want to install a steam power generator in a laptop? Good luck with that...

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steven es morgan

PC Gamer would be the better forum for this wish, I am sorry. I wish for more AAA games that are single player, off line and mod worthy. Oh, My viewing pleasure are an primary 2560/1600 center w/ 2560/1440 at left and an 1920/1080 at right. Just me, though my wish is likely the most unattainable.

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froggz

If we are going to be wishing for stuff I would like to submit my request to clone Tesla, upload all our currently advances in science and technology into his brain and lock him in a basement to invent cool shit for us.

"It invents cool shit for us or else it gets the hose again Teslas clone"

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steven es morgan

Teslas needs no lockup nor threat, just advanced concepts and the ideas will come. Clones are human too.

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limitbreaker

What I want is a 27" 30720x17280p running at 144hz...1600p? Pfft

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chaosdsm

There are 4TB SSD's in pre-production already, but you'd just about need to be as rich as Bill Gates to afford them once they hit the market, since they are aimed solely at the enterprise market, and will only be available in 10-packs to start with.... Future plans for the line - SanDisk Optimus MAX - include capacities up to 16TB.

Very disappointed... out of all 8 in this list... I only want one - Fiber & more specifically FTTH.

Here's what I want to see:

8-core desktop CPU's @ stock 3.4GHz under $500 - performing like my i7-3930K when it's overclocked to 4.4GHz - and @ less than or equal to 100W TDP.

High-end 3D 4K big screens(50" & up) under $1,500

SSD's to drop below $0.15/GB

NVMe to live up to the theoretical numbers.

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chronium

I can't wait to see how the NVMe SSD focused standard will affect performances over SSD's using the AHCI mechanical hard drive standard.

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aarcane

Okay, 1) Why limit SSDs to 4TiB? There's NO good reason for the capacity limitation we have now. We could easily have 4, 6, 8, and even 20TiB SSDs out tomorrow if somebody actually thought they would still get enough money selling them.

2) WHY would you want to sully an awesome NVidia rig with AMD Graphics o,.,0

3) Yeah, but if we're reaching for the sky, awkward inbetween resolutions make no sense. 4K or bust.

4) Do you want to stick an AMD CPU in an Intel board, or an LGA1156 into an LGA1155 board, or what?

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praetor_alpha

Why would you want to sully an awesome AMD rig with Nvidia graphics?

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limitbreaker

Don't be racist against AMD!

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Ghost XFX

Tesla is still the only man worth cloning.

And until Sharp begins making PC monitors with their free form display, I'll wait for Dell to release that Ultra Sharp U3415W. Let's see it with 60hz, overclockable to 110hz, and 4rm, and I'll dry shave a gorilla bald with a Bic razor, the cheap ones...

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devin3627

27-inch, 2560x1600 144Hz IPS panel with G-Sync. now this would be the perfect monitor. g-sync is an amazing technology! and IPS too but is expensive. but never could such a beauty exist until 6 years now.

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vrmlbasic

Freesync. Nvidia's proprietary tech can suck it.

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Ninjawithagun

Freesync is an extremely limited technlogy that works on only a very small percentage of unique laptops. AMD conjured up "Freesynce" at the last second to save face just prior to the start of the 2013 CE Show. No thorough testing or detailed results were ever provided. No white paper either. And no, Freesync does not work on external stand-alone monitors, so what is the point? So, what have we heard from the AMD camp since then? *crickets chearping in the background* NOT A DAMN THING! That's what I thought! At least Nvidia has a real and working technology. Yes, it is not cheap - but it works and is available for you to buy now. The only mistake Nvidia made was allowing Asus to have proprietary rights to compatibility with the 1st generation G-Sync boards. The only reason why G-Synce is not widely available as it should be. Several monitors will be released in another month or two from different manufacturers featuring G-Sync. Some of these monitors are even at higher resolutions; WQHD and 4K are on the way for us gamers to truly enjoy!

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vrmlbasic

Freesync works on external monitors, as AMD demonstrated.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK-aV4ryKdE

On the MPC podcast, didn't AMD's Richard Huddy confirm that the monitor used in their demonstration was an existing, off-the-shelf monitor that was able to support Freesync with just a software update?

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tetris42

Freesync will work with VESA standards in the future, but you're right about it not being backwards compatible, but then neither is Nvidia's solution, so that's kind of a weak attack point.

I just want SOME frame syncing solution for IPS monitors, neither AMD nor Nvidia has them anywhere in sight.

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The Mac

You are smoking crack.

FreeSync is an AMD implemntation of Dynamic Vsync included in the DP 1.3 spec.

It is free, and will be available in ALL monitors that conform to DP 1.3.

Nvidia is free to use it as well.

Freesync also has noticeably less lag than Gsync.

as was initially stated, Nvidia's proprietary tech can suck it.

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Renegade Knight

34" 21:9 Touch Screen Monitor. I can skip 4K with one of these. I can also skip a triple monitor set up.

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cxsmit5

Touch screens on 19" high end laptops in a Windows 8.1 world should be standard equipment. Even archaic Windows 7 did a fair job supporting touch.

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Granite

I'd give up all those neat things if someone would just market a 27" 1080p TOUCH SCREEN monitor for $200-$300.

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Zanor

How about, I dunno, a Windows laptop that can do more than just browse Facebook at a 720p resolution and have a battery life greater than 5 hours.

Seriously, the Windows laptop scene is so awful it's depressing.

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LatiosXT

Do more as in what? Gaming? Well keep dreaming. Gaming at quality and framerates that don't make the eyes of most of us here bleed eat at least 30W. The biggest battery I've seen handed out to a laptop is 84WHr. 2.5 hours at best.

However all but one of my laptops have been able to last more than 5 hours doing light tasks which includes casual gaming. The one that didn't just barely didn't.

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Sir Hobbes3

The battery life thing is kind of something that hasn't advanced with the technology, but im not sure what you're talking about with "a Windows laptop that can do more than just browse Facebook at a 720p resolution" what price range are you looking at? $300 to $500 range? There are laptops at 900 bucks that can be used for some light gaming at 1080p. http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/NX.M74AA.011 I know its an Acer but still, you get the point.

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limitbreaker

At 300 $ to 600$ the best option is a laptop with a amd a8 or a10 apu, it'll play just about any game at low setting quite smoothly but unfortunately they only come with very cheap monitors.

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IreMinMon

I'm not too excited about all of this. Just give me better performance and more pixels. 16:9 screen would be better for most stuff we do though. And yeah there's never enough storage.

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Baer

I will not give up my three monitor surround for any single 4K no matter how big so what I want is three 4K monitors in surround but the ability to run them well using just two (admittedly very good) GPU's. And no, I care less if SLI and Crossfire ever become mix and match.

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Toovok

Heck, I'd just love to be able to mix and match Nvidia cards in SLI.

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Hurricane99

Agreed with Baer about SLI and Crossfire. Hell, it's hard enough to get slightly different crossfire architectures to play nice. Now they want two completely different gpus to play nice? yeah right!

I run eyefinity off crossfire'd 7950's. I love it but I would take universal support in games over 4k anyday.

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severnia

we came close a few years ago. anyone remember Lucid Logix's Hydra chip? any video card, any vendor, it figures out who has how much power, and splits the load on the fly so each card is maxed. the tests were pretty damn positive for the functional demo. I really cant understand any reason that it didnt come to the market other than it got quite a bit of money moving behind the scenes to keep it off the market.

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remc86007

I wish Maximum PC was staffed with people that knew enough about technology to know that number one on their list has not only been done (i7-4790k), but isn't exactly an achievement since every i7 since the original 920 has been able to hit that frequency with mild overclocking. Why not wish for an affordable unlocked octo core i7 or a significant IPC improvement?

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Sir Hobbes3

They mean at stock clock, not turbo.

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The Mac

4790k is 4ghz stock. I have one.

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Insula Gilliganis

1 - Already happened.. unless the only website you visit is MPC.. then you might not have known it did happened.

2 - Scotty "I can't change the laws of physics!!"

3 - Just buy four 1TB SSDs for a simulated equivalent.

4 - This might happen only when a certain magazine changes it's name to "Maximum Wearables".

5 - Agreed

6 - Hell freezes over.. Muslins & Jews living peacefully.. and Gordon stops ranting.. will all occur before this one happens!!

7 - As an owner of a couple of PIII socket adapters that used DIP switches, why is this on the list? It wasn't popular back then. Please find me a page in MaximumPC back in 2000.. 2001 that lauded over these as absolutely awesome devices. They were, at best, a necessary evil for anyone who bought an expensive Slot 1 motherboard and wanted to get the maximum use out of it. These quickly faded from everyone's memory for a reason!!

8 - Wait another week or so and the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q , a 1440p 144Hz panel with G-Sync monitor will launch (around $800 in late July www.anandtech.com/show/8085/asus-rog-swift-pg278q-launched-1440p-144hz-panel-with-gsync) . Not 2560 x 1600 but close enough!!

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tetris42

#8 It's not IPS though, TN is an awfully big compromise to ask in terms of picture quality.

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The Mac

i dunno, Vanilla TN is pretty crappy, but VA and Super VA are pretty nice.

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tetris42

Yeah, but that Asus Gsync monitor he mentioned is still a TN.

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The Mac

its obviously a TN, as it has a 1ms response time, IPS has 4MS at best, usuall more.

but is it a VA TN?

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tetris42

There's no such thing as a VA TN. There's TN,VA, and IPS, they're different technologies. That's like asking if it's a reptile mammal.

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The Mac

my bad, i was under the impression PVA was a type of TN, I looked it up, apparently its not.

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Insula Gilliganis

Yes I did goof on this not have the "required" IPS panel MPC was wishing for. Here is Asus' response for it being a TN panel found here..

http://rog.asus.com/296652014/news/rog-announces-the-pg278q-swift-27-inch-wqhd-g-sync-gaming-monitor/

"Not all TN’s are made the same: the premium panel used in the PG278Q is of very high quality. IPS panels (and their derivatives like PVA/MVA etc) are not suitable for a multitude of reasons: 1) the response rate is simply not fast enough to react to the active change in refresh rate and 2) Current panels available cannot reliably achieve >60Hz without significantly affecting the quality of the image. IGZO technology (and LTPS – low temperature polysilicon – likewise) – yields 100′s of times faster electron mobility versus standard amorphous silicon panels – and thus can provide a response rate comparable to TN (up to 60Hz currently), but, however desirable this technology is, it is still currently cost prohibitively for many PC gaming enthusiasts at this moment, which is why ROG has used a better price:performance, high quality TN panel."

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tetris42

Yeah, well that's why this is a wishlist, IPS probably won't be seeing anything above 60Hz anytime soon, there are physical barriers to it happening. I would kill to have Gsync or Freesync in one though.

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AFDozerman

Man, not much content, huh?

I'd have to say that my wish for technology would be simplicity in everything. Over the last few decades, technology has built upon the generation before in ssuch a way that legacy complications have built up. Look at x86, for instance. The number of extensions to the language has done nothing but skyrocket recently, andd it doesn't appear to be slowing down. Programming APIs, too. Just look at OpenCL's "Hello World" example.

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LatiosXT

Er. Modern x86 has a total of four extensions in use (SSE, PAE, x86-64, and virtualization features), two of which most people really care about. I mean, sure, additional instructions were added over time, but they wouldn't add it if it didn't benefit much.

Like for the longest time out of order execution was kept off ARM and Atom processors in order to keep things simple and less power hungry. It's being added in now, because the performance boosts it offers outweighs the drawbacks.

However while I will agree the OpenCL "Hello world!" program is insanely complicated for what should be a simple program... it's a shader program. Have you looked at what it takes to draw one triangle (which would be a GPU equivalent of "Hello World!")? Go look at http://open.gl/drawing

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Arthur Dent

"Sure, we could go as far as 4K, but that would be ridiculous"

Come on, this is a wishlist! Why not make it a 4K 27 inch 144hz OLED panel with G-Sync!

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praetor_alpha

YES! I would almost buy now.

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TommM

Yup, #8. I'll be the first guy in line.

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tetris42

Man for #8, how about just a regular IPS with Gsync? Or Freesync? SOMETHING