Dream Machine 2015: 7 Maximum PC Editors Predictions

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amccabe126

The only mention of the importance of small form factor was in regards to cell phones. Has anyone considered the potential of intel's Next Unit of Computing? They can already work as a laptop, desktop, gaming console, and home theater. They work with multiple monitors, use USB 3.0, etc. etc. Although they aren't as powerful as today top gaming pc, they do work with a suprisingly large amount of software and cost far less than most desktops and laptops.

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AFDozerman

I don't even think the NUC was around when they made these predictions. Regardless, this is the Dream Machine they were talking about. NUCs will never threaten anything like the DM.

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drcrazyrich

I ld say one large curved screen with 3D and a touch screen keyboard ,air gloves via blutooth to move files around ,open windows etc .APU ,20 core, some being gpu s, 40-60 GB of onboard ram DDR8 or higher .and ssd storage via pci e slots and OS that is a part of the bios with direct X13 or higher .USB 4.0 , sata 4 ,250 GB SD style of cards instead of disks will be sed to transfer software ,games etc.It ll all be in ITX form factor in a small case that can change it s color,project designs or pictures on its shell like we change screens savers now .AND it all with 400watts or less !!

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stevebollinger@...

Only One editor made a quick mention of touch screens!  What's up with that?  Everything should be touch screen by then.  Drag a page from your computer screen onto your refrig, or kitchen counter or onto any wall in your house as you walk into the room.  Your house knows based on the location of your cell phone which you always carry with you.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38

 

of course we will have all the extra bit, pixels and hz mentioned.  But that is soooo 2014!!  Think big!

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bonus45

Dream Machine 2015 will be just that - a dream.  Large, power-hungry desktops will be seen as "not green" and so marked for elimination.  5 years ago we would have laughed if someone told us incandescent light bulbs would be illegal today.  The same thing will hope to our beloved desktops.   You'll have a "pad" device and like it damn it !

God, I'm getting pessimistic lately. 

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TerribleToaster

The world is ending in 2012 (fo sure), so I guess the 2015 DM will be made of ash and shattered dreams.

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TerribleToaster

This post doth be a doubleth.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I doubt we will be free of optical drives by 2015. People will still want to make backups of Blu-Ray discs they own. Not everyone will be able to download 25Gb games, either.

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Bremelo

I think we'll be seeing some amazing components taking advantage of graphene by then. Maybe not priced competatively, but there should definitely be some first-generation graphene-based processors by then. Hello, 30+Ghz!

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Henry Case

My Dream Machine would basically be a home theater component with a wireless keyboard, mouse and any other input devices you would need for games, etc including headphones.  It would be totally silent and have phono inputs so you could hook an analog camera or record player directly to it and make high quality copies of your home movies or record collection.  It would also have USB and Firewire connections.  

It would have a universal disk player, so it would be the only device you would need to watch any movie in any format from any source.  It would have high quality analog and HDMI outputs so it could be your primary music source.  The analog inputs can bypass the Dream Machine so you would only need one record player and phono amp.  The analog outputs would be easily upgraded so if you had the Dream Machiane attached to a real high end audio system, you could still use the Dream Machine as your complete music source.  It would have a mirrored internal drive and you would use it with a really large silent ZFS NAS device for storage.  The NAS device would have a built in tape drive so you could also do tape backups of your music, photo and movie collection.

You would still need a separate AV reciever or amp in case you wanted to have a separate PS3 or XBOX but you could control everything from either the Dream Machine or your phone. 

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Deanjo

"The panel will support native 4K or 4096x2160 pixels and 120Hz capability for 3D and touch capability."

I wish but considering the reluctance of panel manufacturers to exceed 1080P resolutions for the last 4-5 years I doubt it.

 

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Wingzero_x

Heck way things are going any desktop PC will be a sign of power users. Games are being developed for the lowest common denominator. After all why spend millions making Crysis, if you can sell more units with Angry Birds? And as developments in tablets, phones and the rest of our everyday technology becomes smart and connected, the desktop PC will be a forgotten dinosaur by 2015.

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Gezzer

In 1015 with Intel hitting the 18nm and AMD getting a 20nm part out there will be tons of room on any given die. The release of DX12b will allow progrmmers to take advantage of on die GPUs for physics calculations when a discreet GPU is present. So the sweet spot for cores will only be 8, but on die GPUs will have 280+ threads with 480 being the power users sweet spot. Of course the on die GPU and discreet GPU will work seemlessly together regardless of brand (yeah right) allowing the discreet to power down when not needed. A quad memory controller will be the norm of course. The southbridge chip will be all but absorbed by the APU, so on die there will be 24 PCIe4 lines, 6 USB3, 6 SATA4 and 2 lightpeak (intel only). MBs will only come with small third party chips to add extra features like ATA, PCI, and or audio plus extra USB3, etc if wanted. Just like how long floppies hung on there will still be dvd/bluray drives but they'll be all but useless with digital delivery being the norm. The big suprise in 1015 will be the Nividia Via partnership with the aim of producing they're own APU to compete with Intel and AMD. Of course DDR4 will be the main memory standard. But Intel will be triumphing the advantage of a new memory standard that takes advantage of the on die lightpeak they offer.

As for the 1015 Dream Machine:

A Limited edition dual APU board for 16 core goodness made by MSIGigabyte (many MB manufactures mereged due to the new lines of APUs). Running the Intel ie10 81500K which will overclock well past 6Ghz on air so MAXPC will hit 7Ghz+ on water. Except there will of course be stablity problems with the dual APU set up so they'll settle on a 6.2 OC. Two Nivida 99's will fit the bill for discreet goodness each having 4Gigs of GDDR7 memory clocked at an effective 5Ghz. The GPU's will run at 1Ghz with the 1028 cores running at 1.8Ghz. AMD's XT10s almost made it in but there's just not many available. To fill all 8 memory channels the "Beast" as it's affectionately called will have 8 8Gig sticks for 64Gigs. Of course Win9.5 will only use 48 but what the hey. It will feature a Intel supplied 750Gb SSD using lightpeak which Gord will call "gimmicky" and two 5 TB HD's in RAID0 effective spindle speed 10,500 (HD companies will try to compete with SSDs by cranking up the spindle speeds) Of course the normal mouse and keyboard will be standard but the big star will be the 36" DLP curved 3D monitor (no glasses due to the curve focusing the view) which is touch sensitive as well. The price will be the national debt's interest payment for around 5 seconds, but will cost one 100th of that when the 2016 DM rolls out.

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livebriand

Hmm... 4 years ago a Core 2 Duo 2.x CPU and 2GB RAM, as well as a 250GB HD, was fairly typical. Now, a i5 2.x Ghz CPU and 4GB RAM, as well as a 1TB HD, is fairly typical. Today, a high-end machine might mean a i7 3.x GHz CPU and 8GB RAM, as well as a 2TB HD and 256GB SSD and dual GPUs.

I'd say that in the future we'll likely have an 8-core 3.x GHz CPU that includes graphics on the chip, aka APU (notice how clock speeds haven't really increased in the past few years? too much heat!) and 16GB or 32GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM, as well as an 8TB HD and a 1TB SSD and dual GPUs that can also simultaniously use the apu's integrated graphics in a SLI/Crossfire configuration. Note: I don't mean the best possible config, I'm talking about regular high-end. Oh, and USB 3.0 all around (except for the keyboard and mouse maybe) and SATA 3 or 4, as well as DisplayPort and maybe HDMI (no DVI or legacy VGA). Also, no optical drive, as Windows will be distributed via a thumb drive and software will all be distributed via the internet, and all video and music will be from the internet (amazon mp3, itunes store, netflix, etc), so you won't need it. I imagine it'll be the same size as a computer from today (full ATX case that is). After all, in the past several years, PC case sizes generally haven't changed. In fact, my i5 system has a case from 2003 that used to house a Pentium 4 machine. (it's mid-ATX) I do predict that the system a few years from now might have a 1KW or 1.5KW PSU though (thanks a lot power hungry GPUs). Finally, toss in a few eSATA ports for good measure. It'll likely run a 64-bit OS. (32-bit ones hung around for nearly a decade and a half, from windows 95, to the early days of Windows 7). I also predict PCI-E to still be around, though maybe a new revision or two of it. You can't really use light for stuff like that, as it needs to be converted to electrical signals to be used, right? That'd be inefficient. If I understand correctly, it's only in a cable, where you have a LOT of length, where that'd be useful. Also, the system will be able to dynamically turn off cores as well as make its' clock speed really low when idle, on both the CPU and GPU. The GPU will be able to disable some of them (if you have sli/crossfire) to save energy if idle, perhaps using only the apu's graphics.

Seriously, big brakethroughs CAN happen, but some of you guys are going a little too far in my opinion. After all, a Core 2 Duo from 4 years ago isn't that out of date by today's standards. Heck, Apple still sells them in new computers! :D

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Keith E. Whisman

That's a trick question. The Earth is going to be long gone by 2015. The Earth is scheduled for destruction in December 2012, didn't you get the memo? Who cares about 2015 anything, we aren't going to be here. 

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austin43

I really hope you're not serious.

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Wingzero_x

Didn't you get the memo?!

 

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Supermonkey

I really don't think there's going to be that much change in the graphic cards situation.

It's still in it's infancy.Still has so far to go.

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boodiespost

Guys, can you also do a prediction for a regular machine in 2015 as well as the dream machine?  Why?  Because no one will be able to afford one.  So lets get practical.  What would an average machine be like.

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iceman08

regular machine for 2015: i5 CPU (or its equivalent) with integrated graphics. a couple usb 3.0 ports.  an SSD will be cheap enough to be the OS drive standard in such machines

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aarcane

Processor cores measured geometrically, either 2 or 3 dimensions.  you might include an AMD Phenotype 3 4 5, 3 cores wide, 4 cores deep, and 5 cores high.  all clocked at a conservative 2.3ghz, and capable to overclock to 4.5 without breaking a sweat..  or an intel core i^3, 2250, which is 4^3 clocked at a comfortable 2.5Ghz and can overclock to 5 with air..  the next processor up, the core i^3 3370 will have an array of 5^3, or 125 cores, and cost an inordinate 225.  not worth it when the 2250 is $110, and is already too expensive.

 

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dracx619

alex, you probably get this a lot but you look like shaun from boy meets world. on the predictions side...it all sounds juicy. heres to the future!

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illusionslayer

No Quantum predictions? Sad Panda.

On the serious side: Haswell + Maxwell = HasMax Well^2 = Awesome coincidence.

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joeyjr

Light Peak and fiber optics cabling, 12 cores with hyperthreading and physics processing. dual core GPUs on the 22 nano meter process. ddr 5 dims and ddr 6 for graphics. chipset having high end graphics thats switchable. lol

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erriwin

I'm betting on some huge breakthroughs to come - four years is a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG time in PC land.   I'm guessing 24+ core, less then 14nm (Intel already announced 14nm in 2014), also I believe memory is going to have a huge breakthrough soon - something close to 1tb, all SSD, 3d no glasses, at least 4k, possibly 6 or 8k...

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iceman08

I wonder if there will be a technological leap into quantum computing

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