2023: A Hardware Busters Tech Recap

2024, is finally here. Whether that is positive or something else, one thing is for sure: 2023 has left us behind. And what a crazy but also important tech year it was. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many challenging situations and decisions to be made. 2023 was a somewhat better milestone year for tech. Although things are still challenging with COVID-19, electricity, wars, and selling goods availability and pricing, we can only hope for the best. Hope and imagination are two of the most important things that motivate mankind throughout its history. As a tech Site, this article will include some of the most essential tech things and events of 2023. Think of it as a Tech for Techies Rewind article. Let us proceed with our 2023: A HWBusters Tech Recap.

The Recap

  • AI (Artificial Intelligence) Takeover: Following ChatGPT’s success, AI is used increasingly daily. Whether that means a Rise of the Machines scenario or a new Era for mankind, one thing is for sure: AI is here to stay.
  • Unity’s Engine new fees: A somewhat controversial change of the popular gaming engine’s fees policy.
  • Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard: A game-defining move that affects the whole Gaming Industry.
  • Quantum Computing: Tech Industry’s Bet.
  • VR Advancement and Metaverse: Virtual Reality is redefined, and Metaverse is one step closer to defining our daily lives.
  • Grand Theft Auto (GTA) VI Release announcement: The long-awaited popular game is officially getting to the next level.
  • Adobe Firefly and Photoshop: A vast and welcome AI update to the popular app.
  • Unreal Engine 6 was announced: The popular gaming engine gets updated.
  • Nvidia RTX Remix: Nvidia’s toolset for remastering old games.
  • FTX collapse: Crypto-currency’s unpleasant surprise.
  • Silicon Valley Bank Bankruptcy: A Nasty Surprise for Tech Industry.
  • Raspberry Pi 5 is here: The all-time favorite and multi-purpose Single-Board Computer (SBC) welcomed its latest member.
  • AMD AM5 X3D EXPO Issue: Also known as the Asus EXPO Issue, because of the unnecessary drama, it was an issue that took many BIOS updates to address.
  • Steam Deck OLED: Valve’s popular handheld console got an OLED version.
  • ATX 3.1 and PCIe 5.1 Standard release: A somewhat necessary update and mostly improvement to the previous ATX 3.0/PCIe 5.0 Standard.
  • 12VHWPR Connector is dead. Welcome the newer and improved 12V-2×6 Connector: The short-lived with the gained melting reputation is replaced by the newer, safer, and improved (at least theoretically) connector.
  • Powenetics V2 Kit is available for purchase: The long-anticipated reviewers and enthusiasts’ tool is available through our official merch store, wsn.gr. Shipping worldwide. Get yours now.
  • Asus ROG Ally SD Card issue: This is a rather unpleasant issue for the Asus handheld console.
  • Samsung 990 PRO health decrease issue: An issue that affected Samsung’s top SSD that was solved by a necessary firmware update.
  • Starfield game, hostile reception, and performance: Following the trend of reasonably unoptimized game releases, one of the most long-awaited titles was one of them.
  • Cities Skylines 2 performance: Similar situation to Starfield.
  • Indifferent Graphics Cards: Including 4060Ti and RX7600, it seems like the GPU Industry is making fun of us.
  • 14th Gen Intel Processors: A rather indifferent refresh to the 13th Gen processors.
  • Newer X3D processors by AMD: A welcome move by AMD.
  • Twitter is now X: Elon Musk never stops surprising us with his moves and decisions.
  • Lian Li lawsuit: A lawsuit by Lian-Li that claims that the competition copied its patent.
  • Intel GPUs get better, and new graphics card release: Intel proves to be a worthy competitor in the GPU market.
  • Raja Koduri left Intel: Koduri left Intel for his start-up, at least, according to the official statement.
  • The unlaunch of the 12GB RTX 4080 and the newer 4070Ti/80 Super graphics cards announcement: Nvidia unlaunched its 12GB VRAM RTX 4080 and relaunched it as RTX 4070Ti. Newer graphics 4070/80 Super variations are to be released.
  • Apple M3: The latest ARM-based releases of Apple Silicon. M2 Pro/Max variants were released in January.


2023 was a rather exciting tech year. It offered us a wide variety of tech products and events. The most important are included in this article, but there are more. If you think more should be included, please share them in our comment section or our Forum. We wish the best for 2024 and hope for it, as well. As always, stay safe and stay in the know.

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