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Value and mainstream desktop PCs still dominate the market, says survey

Affordable computers are becoming more powerful.

In unsurprising news, the average consumer still prefers lower-end desktop PCs and notebook computers to high-performance gaming rigs, according to reports. And figures released this week that suggest value desktop PCs own 46.9 per cent of the market look set to continue into 2013, despite high performance computers becoming more and more affordable. Some people.

The statistics are all courtesy of the annual iSuppli Compute Platforms Topical Report from information and analytics service provider IHS, which revealed that high performance computing systems accounted for just six per cent of the market in 2012.

And for those who really like numbers and decimal points and stuff, the full breakdown is as follows: performance desktops make up 6.2 per cent of the market, mainstream desktops hold 46.9 per cent of the market share, and value PCs make for 46.9 per cent of computers. When it comes to notebooks, 9.2 per cent are performance, 44 per cent are mainstream and 46.8 per cent are value.

IHS senior analyst Peter Lin said the swelling value and mainstream market share reflects the boost in performance of both categories of computing as high performance parts became more affordable.

"For the desktop as well as the notebook PC market, the continuing domination of lower-end computers is due to the rising performance overall of PCs and their greater affordability to the purchasing public," said the expert.

"While the highest and most potent specifications are still reserved for expensive PCs belonging to the performance sector, computers now in the mainstream or value segments are powerful in their own right, and cannot be deemed as throwaway models. Instead, these more affordable systems feature current-generation technologies that prove adequate for most uses, or boast increased microprocessor power that raises the performance bar even for seemingly rudimentary machines."

Which means you have to push your gaming rig that little bit harder to distinguish it from standard models. An AMD CPU cooler should help extract more power from your central processor, while a RAM upgrade never goes amiss.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801485624-ADNFCR