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Asus, MSI and Gigabyte have raised the cost of their graphics cards

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The rise in the value of Bitcoin in August led to an increase in the activity of miners and, accordingly, the demand for video cards. This, in turn, boosted the financials of the three largest 3D card makers, with Asus and MSI up 30% in August, and Gigabyte up more than 25% on a monthly basis. However, this did not save in any way from the increase in prices for their products.

According to the source, in China in September, video cards of these three manufacturers have risen in price by 3-7%, and on average – by 5%. We are talking about the models of the Ampere line, GeForce GTX 10 and AMD Radeon RX 6000. Interestingly, the GeForce RTX 3090, apparently, did not rise in price, as it is said about the increase in the cost of models “GeForce RTX 3080 and below.” On the one hand, the rise in price is not critical – some 5%, moreover, before that, in July, prices were falling much more significantly. But on the other hand, 5% is only a manufacturer’s margin. But there are also distributors, small wholesalers, retail. If at each stage of the chain the price rises by the same 5%, then at the output for the consumer it will already be 20%. In general, everything goes to the fact that video cards will continue to follow the course of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, that is (for now) will continue to rise in price.

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144Hz, Ryzen 7 5800H and full-featured GeForce RTX 3060. Xiaomi’s most powerful gaming laptop, Redmi G 2021, available to order worldwide

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Third-party retailers have begun offering Xiaomi’s recent innovation, the Redmi G 2021 gaming laptop, which until now has only been sold in China – internationally.

Xiaomi launched the Redmi G 2021 in the Chinese market in September. The model is being promoted as the most powerful laptop ever produced under the Xiaomi brands. In China, a device with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor and a full-featured GeForce RTX 3060 is available for $ 1,085.

Now the global versions of Redmi G 2021 have become available for ordering internationally on several trading platforms at once – it is offered at least on AliExperss and Banggood.

144Hz, Ryzen 7 5800H and full-featured GeForce RTX 3060. Xiaomi's most powerful gaming laptop, Redmi G 2021, available to order worldwide

The younger configuration, with Intel Core i5-11260H and GeForce RTX 3050, is offered by AliExperss and Banggood for $ 1,379.99 and $ 1,369.99, respectively. This variation, like the older one, offers a 16.1-inch screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB solid-state drive. The older version, with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and GeForce RTX 3060, is offered on AliExperss for $ 1,689.99.

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No, the Apple M1 Max SoC is not capable of competing with the GeForce RTX 2080, but the performance is very high. There were tests of the new MacBook Pro in games

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The GPU performance in the Apple M1 Max SoC exceeds 10 TFLOPS, which can be compared with the PS5 or GeForce RTX 2080. But the TFLOPS figure is not directly related to the performance in games. And now we have the opportunity to assess what Apple’s solution is capable of in games.

And it is really capable of a lot. In Tomb Rider, the top-end Apple platform performs at the level of the mobile GeForce RTX 3060. Yes, we are talking about the 70-watt version, that is, almost the slowest. Recall that the RTX 3060 for laptops has a power limit ranging from 60 to 115 watts.

No, the Apple M1 Max SoC is not capable of competing with the GeForce RTX 2080, but the performance is very high. There were tests of the new MacBook Pro in games

However, we are still talking about a very productive mobile video card of the most modern generation. Yes, you need to wait for tests in more games to put together a more complete picture, but you can state the very high performance of Apple’s solution right now. M1 Pro, by the way, also looks decent. This is roughly the level of mobile GeForce RTX 3050 Ti or RTX 3050.

Of course, the MacBook Pro is not bought for games at all, since the situation with games on macOS is not easy. However, this does not prevent us from evaluating the new Apple SoCs simply in terms of their capabilities.

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New MacBook Air due next year with Mini-LED display like new MacBook Pro, M2 processor and MagSafe

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Several sources have shared details about the next generation MacBook Air. The well-known resource DigiTimes claims that the laptop will receive a Mini-LED screen like the recently debuted MacBook Pro. The new model will allow Apple to increase shipments of these notebooks by 2 million units per year. The report indicates that the 11-inch iPad Pro will also launch next year and will also receive a Mini LED screen.

iOS developer and Apple analyst, known on Twitter by nickname Dylan, has more details on the upcoming MacBook Air. According to him, the new product will be released in mid-2022, will receive support for MagSafe, a webcam that allows you to broadcast Full HD video, USB-C ports, a 30-watt charger. The device will be built on the M2 platform and will receive a completely passive cooling system. The bezels of the screen and keyboard will be reduced, and the top row of keys will become full-size. But there will be no FaceID system, SD card slot and HDMI video output.

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