5 Things That Can Help The PC Business Rebound


Faster Components

It seems like every piece of computing technology these days is moving toward a lower power consumption end point to reduce energy costs (servers) and extend battery life (mobile devices). But lower power consumption can often lead to lower performance, so it's refreshing to see PC component makers gearing up for faster CPUs and GPUs, including Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, codenamed "Haswell," and AMD's latest mobile graphics card, the Radeon HD 8970M, which the company says is the world's fastest notebook GPU. This is good news, especially in today's world of video-intensive applications, from Netflix and streaming movies to video calling and teleconferencing. If component makers can keep pushing the performance limits, then PCs will continue to have an edge over tablets and smartphones.