The code words of this year’s Computex? Ryzen, X570, PCI Express 4.0, twin-screen, and RGB, RGB, RGB.
We can’t recall a more consequential show. Perennial chip underdog AMD came roaring out of the gate with some serious twin-fisted attitude, making weighty claims for performance leadership in its next-gen Ryzen desktop CPUs, while also taking jabs at Nvidia with its upcoming “Navi” family of GPUs. Backing AMD, the desktop-motherboard world rallied with an extraordinary mix of high-end and real-world boards under the new-for-Ryzen X570 chipset. Intel didn’t stay still, though, showing off some nifty twin-screen laptops that it sees as the potential future of mobile computing, and teasing its eventual entry into the discrete graphics market, showing some conceptions of its GPUs, which are being dubbed “Xe” while under development.
Our best-in-show picks include some of the top gear PC enthusiasts can buy in 2019, and a glance at what personal computing will look like in 2020 and beyond.