Another 3DCenter diagram showing the change in the cost of video cards by month indicates that the most favorable time to buy a 3D card this year was in January and July, and at the moment users are forced to pay for video cards, in fact, twice as much official cost. More precisely, as of November 21, the markup for AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards is 90%, for GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards – 95%.
This chart reflects the dynamics of price changes for Radeon RX 6000 and GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards in Austria and Germany, but the situation is no better in the United States. The difference, perhaps, is only that the prices there are denominated in dollars, not euros, but the margin is about the same.
According to HardwareUnboxed, all Nvidia graphics cards went up in October. And almost all of them now, except for the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, are offered twice as expensive as the official recommended prices (RRP). GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is more expensive than RRP by about 60%. On average, Nvidia 3D cards went up 6% on eBay in October – and now they are (again, on average) 113% more expensive than the RRP.
AMD video cards on eBay also added in October – they have risen in price by 9% and are offered at twice the recommended retail prices. Despite the fact that the Ethereum rate has declined in the last couple of weeks, it is still at the annual high. At the moment, for 1 ETH, they give about $ 4350. So it is extremely doubtful that video cards will start to fall in price in the near future.
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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