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Apacer AS2280P4U and AS2280P4U Pro SSDs are PCIe Gen3 x4

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Apacer introduced the AS2280P4U and AS2280P4U Pro M.2 SSDs with PCIe Gen3 x4 and NVMe 1.3 protocol support. A distinctive feature of the AS2280P4U Pro model is an aluminum heatsink.

The drives are positioned as gaming. For them, the read speed is up to 3500 MB / s and the write speed is up to 3000 MB / s. The storage capacity reaches 2 TB. They use TLC 3D NAND flash memory, and to improve performance, layered caching, in particular, with an area operating in SLC mode. Improved load balancing algorithms and automatic error correction functions are designed to extend service life while maintaining consistent performance. The AS2280P4U and AS2280P4U Pro are backed by a five-year warranty. The source does not provide resource and prices.

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What’s missing in the new MacBook Pros yet? Support for external video cards did not appear here either.

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As you know, the first Apple laptops on the SoC M1 do not support external video cards. We now know this is true for the new M1 Pro and M1 Max-based MacBook Pros as well.

Despite the presence of Thinderbolt 4 ports, Apple’s new laptops lack support for external graphics cards, and the company has yet to explain this limitation. Perhaps it is primarily due to the Apple Silicon architecture.

Of course, we have already seen that, at least for the M1 Max, using an external video card may be pointless, but we will not mention the M1 Pro and the original M1.

Whether support for external video cards will appear in future Apple laptops with its own platforms is anyone’s guess. It is possible that GPU performance in Apple Silicon will grow at such a rate that discrete adapters will really not be useful in the corresponding bundles.

Recall also that the new MacBook Pro also lacks support for the latest standards for SD memory cards.

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Finally, Windows 11 users have the full power of Ryzen processors. Both performance issues have been resolved

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AMD and Microsoft have finally resolved both Ryzen and Epyc CPU performance issues when running Windows 11.

Microsoft has already released the patch in the Insider Build, now it’s available to everyone. Recall that it solves the problem of high latency in the L3 cache.

AMD, in turn, has released a patch that solves the problem of UEFI CPPC2 with incorrect work of the task scheduler for processor cores.

In the case of the first patch, you need to install a Windows update, but the second one needs to be downloaded from the AMD website yourself. More precisely, you do not need to download a patch, but a fresh driver for the motherboard chipset – the patch is part of it.

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Top mobile graphics cards can’t handle the Apple M1 Max SoC? The GPU tests of the new MacBook Pro platform appeared

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The graphics core of the Apple M1 Max SoC is characterized by a performance of 10.4 TFLOPS, which puts it on a par with the GPU in the PlayStation 5 or, for example, with the GeForce RTX 2080. True, the performance in TFLOPS depends solely on the number of ALUs in the GPU and the frequency, so that this indicator has little to do with real performance. But now we can finally appreciate the real power of the M1 Max.

Not in games yet, but in a benchmark, but this is already something. In this case, we are talking about the GFXBench test software, and the competitors for the new Apple platform were the Apple M1 SoC, the Radeon RX 6800M and the mobile GeForce RTX 3080. The last two cards roughly match the performance of the desktop Radeon RX 6700 XT and GeForce RTX 3070, respectively.

Top mobile graphics cards can't handle the Apple M1 Max SoC?  The GPU tests of the new MacBook Pro platform appeared

As you can see, the GPU in the M1 Max is often faster than both very powerful discrete graphics cards, which is impressive. More precisely, out of nine tests, M1 Max was the clear leader in four and outperformed AMD and Nvidia cards by a narrow margin in another. In addition, of the remaining four tests, the Apple solution lost insignificantly, and in two more it was at the level of the Radeon card. In fact, only one test showed a very large gap between the M1 Max and discrete graphics cards.

As for the comparison with the M1, where the GPU cores are four times less, here the gain is always very large, although sometimes it is still less than twofold.

Of course, you need to wait for tests in games to put an end to this confrontation, but here it is worth understanding two aspects. First, the powerful GPU in the MacBook Pro isn’t needed for gaming. Secondly, we are still talking about a single-chip system with a very low power consumption by the standards of a CPU or GPU, which at the same time is able to compete and surpass full-fledged CPUs and GPUs.

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