The PC upgrade cycle slows to every five to six years, Intel’s CEO says

The upgrade cycle for PCs has slowed down drastically, now extending to nearly six years, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said on Wednesday.

The “replacement cycle for the PC has extended,” Krzanich said. “Four years was the average, now it has moved to about five to six years.”

Intel needs to ramp up its efforts and release the right innovations so people are motivated to upgrade PCs quickly and easily, Krzanich said at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York.

“Right now, it’s easier to move your phone to a new phone than your PC to a new PC,” he said. “We’ve got to go fix some of those things.”

PC upgrades have slowed because current operating systems can run well on older Intel-based PCs. Five years ago, Intel shipped Core processors code-named Sandy Bridge, and they can capably run Microsoft’s Windows 10.

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