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SOAP BOX It’s not easy reading an article by one of your team that blatantly states the era of discreet CPUs may be coming to an end (pg.14). Stating that the silicon heart of it all is to be usurped by androgynous processing systems is a tough pill for any component fan to swallow. Now before the usual vitriol starts pouring in post controversial piece, here are some comforting words from your friendly neighbourhood editor guy. Duvet, bunny, Crème Soda, climate control and chicory. Seriously though, I personally don’t believe the end of discreet, high performance CPUs is upon us. ‘But why then,’ I hear you asking with pitchforks held aloft, ‘did you publish it?’ Well the answer is simply that while our coverage extends to the most immovable of technical and technological information, opinions and conjecture are a very healthy part of journalism, one that admittedly goes down like buffer overflow for most of us. There are other very valid opinions that posit PCs are on the verge of a rebirth, the only thing missing is that sexiness factor, that wow element to make the big boxes we already love a lot more accessible to Joe public. It could be Valve, it could be Dell or it could be some completely unknown but at the heart of it is an unknown performance point. Should PCs be held back to make hardware and all-in-ones the ultimate solution or should we keep pushing for the best of components and performance even as software lags behind? This takes us to the small form computers on pg.23; what a pleasure it would be to LAN with a lunchbox and a monitor. We also review the latest components and have put together the first part of a series (pg.46) designed to help you deploy the ultimate mom’s basement man cave. With all the Eskom shenanigans we threw in a piece on low-power gaming as well as a serious how-to on capping your desktop. It’s then on to Bioshock Infinite, which after Diablo 3’s disappointment, I refuse to comment on :). We hope you enjoy the issue, let us know either way! Happy paging.

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