Upcoming Computer Hardware and Tech for 2021

From exascale computing to 5nm graphics cards and 8K gaming, the most anticipated products of the year 2021 will bring unprecedented innovation, speed, and performance. These are the most promising announcements and our predictions for next year’s computer technology evolution.

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Exascale Computers

The growth of computer power had seen growth at an exponential rate for many years. However, during the second half of the 2010s, we’ve seen a slowdown in the rate of progress.

Intel’s Rocket Lake Chip

The first quarter of 2021 could see the launch of the 11th-generation Intel’s Rocket Lake processors, the company’s first new microarchitecture for PCs in five years. The announcement was made just a few days ago, on the cusp of AMD’s hotly-anticipated Zen 3 processor statement which followed the next day. AMD processors are expected to be branded Ryzen 4000 or 5000 and launch later this year.

Nvidia and AMD Graphics Cards

In September, Nvidia announced the launch of its new RTX 3080. The graphics card, built with enhanced RT Cores and Tensor Cores, is so popular that there are currently waiting lists to get one.

Artificial Intelligence, Superfast Gaming, and More

Artificial intelligence (AI) is, without a doubt, one of the biggest tech trends now — and it’s definitely going to stay that way for 2021.

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