I Initially started this 2021 Tech Trends article before Christmas, but with everything going on and most of these products being constantly out of stock/no supply. I held off until stocks became more available.
3rd Generation Ryzen CPUs
The new offerings from AMD not only seem to be better value for money than Intel’s 10/11th generation I5/7/9’s, but fair very well in benchmarks against Intel’s matching range CPUs.
Best advice, since supplies of these are going to be limited, get a B450 chipset board with a 2nd generation Ryzen (3xxx) and you’ll be futureproofed for when generation 3’s (5xxx) are more available, which will likely be after Christmas, around March time
nVidia RTX 30×0’s
Nvidia RTX 3080/3090’s launched last month, with low supplies and scalpers selling the ones they could get hold of for ludicrous money. As these either seem a bit too powerful, or Games are under-optimized for it at this moment, I don’t think it’s worth getting one until 6months to a year down the line and save some money when they are available.
AMD launched their 6800’s mid december teasing lots of benchmarks with nVidia’s earlier offering, with some anti-scalping advice for retailers. Again, benchmarks on the AMD cards look pretty promising and the new implementations seem to match NVidia’s performance tech.
Our Advice; These cards a bit too overpowered, overpriced and undersupplied at the moment have a look for lower-cost cards with 8gb ram and DirectX 12 support.
Raspberry Pi 400
A new Raspberry kit has arrived as an integrated Keyboard, ideal for someone to learn how to code or as a hobby kit.
You can pick them up at RaspberryPi.org for between £60 and £100 for the full kit.
A working shift
With Working From Home possibly becoming a more accepted thing, It might be time to invest in making it comfortable.
Standing desks seem to be getting popular, now there are Runner Desks with a treadmill under them. Likely to see more appear in this line this year as we’re expected to work from home until half way through the year.