Even before the start of sales of DDR5 memory, it was clear that it would not be cheap. When Alder Lake processors compatible with it appeared in stores, the retail price of DDR5 became known: on average, this memory costs two to two and a half times as much as DDR4 of the same size. But that was before DDR5 was in short supply.
We talked in detail about the reasons for this deficit last week. In a nutshell, DDR5 manufacturers have an acute shortage of power management ICs. And now in the retail market we have the consequences of this deficit.
The cost of a set of a pair of 16 GB DDR5 modules each reaches $ 550, on average – less. But the problem is that in stores such kits are listed only nominally, in fact nothing can be bought – everything is “sold out”. The option to get DDR5 is to contact sites like eBay, but the price can be shocking.
According to the source, eBay recently sold a 16GB DDR5-4800 memory kit for $ 890. Another example – a kit of two 32GB Kingston Fury DDR5-5200 modules sold for $ 1,168. In general, there are proposals for a pair of DDR5 kits with a volume of 32 GB for $ 2300-2400. Of course, it is not a fact that they will be sold for such fabulous amounts, but even $ 1000 for 32 GB, which is not much faster than DDR4, is definitely beyond good. Against this background, the current prices for video cards no longer seem huge.
Interestingly, there is no shortage of DDR4 memory – a variety of options of different sizes and in sufficient quantities are on sale.
GeForce RTX 3070 or Radeon RX 6800 XT just to run the game in Full HD. The recommended requirements for A Plague Tale: Requiem are amazingly high.
It looks like there are more and more games with high PC requirements right before our eyes.
A Plague Tale: Requiem, out October 18th, requires a GeForce RTX 3070 or Radeon RX 6800 XT in Full HD only!
Such requirements are specified for 1080p and 60 fps at maximum graphics quality settings. What kind of PC, according to the developers, should be to launch the project in 4K at 60 fps, one can only guess. This is probably where the GeForce RTX 4090, which comes out a few days before the launch of the game, comes in handy. Moreover, A Plague Tale: Requiem just supports DLSS 3.
As for the rest of the requirements, the recommended ones are a Core i7-8700K or Ryzen 5 3600 CPU and 16 GB of RAM. The minimum ones (to run in Full HD at 30 fps and the minimum graphics quality settings) indicate the Core i5-4690K and AMD FX-8350, and the video cards are suitable for the GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon RX 590.
It is always worth remembering that very often system requirements are indicated with a very large margin, and in practice, games work without difficulty on significantly less productive PCs. However, in this case, the requirements are really amazing. For comparison, Cyberpunk 2077 has almost identical minimum requirements to those of A Plague Tale: Requiem, but only the GTX 1660 Super and RX 590 appear in the recommended ones, but not the RX 6800 XT.
Recall that yesterday we also learned the system requirements of the Dead Space remake, which also turned out to be surprisingly high.
The Ryzen 9 7950X is far ahead of the Core i9-13900K, consuming significantly less power. Processors appeared in the OCCT database
The OCCT benchmark database has been updated with the results of the already released Ryzen 9 7950X and the not yet released Core i9-13900K.
In this case, we are talking mainly about overclocked CPUs, and in this particular benchmark, the AMD flagship easily leads.
The best score for the Ryzen 9 7950X is 3073 points, there are also scores of 2633 and 2976 points. In this case, the CPU consumed from 196 to 218 watts.
The Core i9-13900K scores between 2247 and 2421 points while consuming 253 to 320 watts. That is, the result is significantly less, and energy consumption is much higher. Of course, this is just one benchmark, and it’s hard to say how accurate its consumption measurements are, but it’s worth remembering that the Ryzen 9 7950X consumes about the same level as the Core i9-12900K or even less, while the Core i9-13900K has more cores and runs on higher frequencies.
Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler
The Ryzen 7000 processors proved to be very productive, but also quite hot. Power consumption and temperatures have grown to about the level of Intel Alder Lake, and this affects the choice of cooling system. Can a regular AMD box cooler even handle a six-core Ryzen 5 7600X?
Despite the fact that this CPU has only six cores and power consumption in the range of 90 W, in many tests, even with liquid cooling, it heated up to 90 degrees and above. However, it turned out that everything is not so simple.
Our colleagues at TechSpot decided to try out the Wraith Spire cooler and were surprised by the results.
So, if you do not perform any manipulations with the CPU, then, for example, in Cinebench R23, a processor with a boxed cooler scores 5% less points than with a GSO due to a 3% drop in frequency. At the same time, the temperature rises from 93 to 101 degrees, that is, not so much, given the difference in performance between the coolers.
Also for the Ryzen 7000, you can activate Eco Mode, which reduces the power limit to 65 watts. This allows you to reduce the temperature by 7-16 degrees, depending on the cooler, and the performance drops by literally 1.5-4%. It is also possible to activate the PBO2 mode with reduced voltage, which results in a less significant decrease in temperature, but performance is even improved, albeit only by 2%. As for power consumption, it drops by 24% in Eco Mode.
In games, the situation is different. They do not load the processor so much, therefore, the power consumption in most cases is very modest (about 60-80 W), and temperatures rarely reach even 60 degrees, that is, they are in a completely normal range.
As a result, we can state that even a cooler of the Wraith Spire level is enough for stable operation of the Ryzen 5 7600X with an almost imperceptible decrease in performance and a not very significant increase in temperature. However, this raises questions about the temperature regime of the Ryzen 7000 as a whole, because the difference (in CPU heating) between a fairly simple air cooler and liquid CO turns out to be insignificant, and this is strange. Exactly what architectural features or settings of the Ryzen 7000 lead to operation at such high temperatures, even with LSO, is not yet clear. Especially when you consider the rather modest power consumption, because it turns out that the Ryzen 5 7600X heats up to 100 degrees, consuming only about 90 watts.
But it is also worth understanding that such a situation will only occur in a number of applications that can fully load all the CPU cores, while in the same games both temperature and power consumption do not raise questions.
If you still want to lower the processor temperature, you can activate Eco Mode, which has almost no effect on performance.
Separately, it is worth recalling the words of AMD itself regarding the temperature regime of the Ryzen 7000. The company did not go into details regarding the reasons, only mentioning the 5 nm process technology, but assured that 95 degrees for new CPUs are the norm. The processor will strive to increase the frequencies as much as possible, remaining within the same 95 degrees, regardless of the CO used. At the same time, this temperature is not dangerous for the CPU, and only at 105 degrees the throttling process is activated.
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