The preliminary specifications of the GeForce RTX 4050 3D card have been published on the Web. Considering that only the GeForce RTX 4090, GeForce RTX 4080 and, probably, the GeForce RTX 4070 are expected to be released this year, the GeForce RTX 4050 is unlikely to be released before February-March 2023, but However, she will have something to offer. According to preliminary data, the performance of the GeForce RTX 4050 will be at a level between the GeForce RTX 3060 and GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (according to what they say about other Ada Lovelace models, still closer to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti), and the price will be only $ 250. The cost of the GeForce RTX 30 models has almost returned to the level of the recommended prices, so we can really see the GeForce RTX 4050 for the money in retail.
It is assumed that two GPUs can be used in the GeForce RTX 4050 – AD106 and AD107, equality of characteristics will be ensured by disabling several blocks of the older GPU. Thus, 3072 CUDA cores will be regardless of the GPU. Compared to the GA107 GPU, L1 cache will be increased by 50% and L2 cache by 8 times (up to 16MB). Also, in comparison with GA107, there will be more ROP – by 50%. Finally, the 3D map will get fourth generation tensor cores and third generation Ray tracing cores.
There is no more or less accurate data on frequencies, it is only reported that they will be in the range from 2 to 3 GHz. For comparison, the maximum frequency of the GeForce RTX 3050 GPU is 1777 MHz. The memory bus width will probably be the same 128 bits, but what memory chips will be used (more precisely, at what frequency) – there is no data yet. The expected TDP level of the model is 150 W, which is slightly higher than that of the GA106 (130 W).
AMD is asking $6,500 for its most powerful processor yet. Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 CPU Pricing Revealed
AMD has finally revealed the official prices for the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 processors. Recall that they are now available as part of ready-made workstations, but later this year they will also go to retail.
So, the prices for the CPU are as follows:
- Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX – $6,500
- Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5975WX – $3,300
- Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5965WX – $2400
Thus, new items are significantly more expensive than their predecessors. For example, the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX started at $5,490, while the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3975WX was $2,750. There was no 24-core CPU in the previous line, so it will not work to compare prices here.
Also in the new line there are more models with 16 and 12 cores, but their prices have not yet been named.
Recall that the Ryzen Threadripper 5000 line is represented exclusively by Pro models. There will be no regular versions, but instead, the Pro models will go to retail and anyone can buy them.
AMD’s revenue will be hit hard by the success of Intel’s new processors. Ryzen desktop CPU sales to fall 26% year-on-year
Analysts at Morgan Stanley believe that AMD’s revenue from the sale of desktop processors will fall by a considerable 26% by the end of the year.
There are several reasons for this. First, the success of competing Intel Alder Lake processors. Secondly, and directly related to the first point, AMD’s lack of new desktop processors in 2022. The current Ryzen 5000s have been out for over a year and a half, and while they compete quite well with Intel’s new products, AMD still needs to cut prices. Thirdly, the market as a whole is also to blame, in which there is a drop in demand.
In the second half of the year, AMD will release completely new Ryzen 7000 CPUs, but for most of the year AMD has to make do with old processors, so the new ones simply do not have time to offset the drop in sales as a whole for the year. However, already in 2023, analysts expect AMD’s revenue to decline by only 2%.
At the same time, we can recall that AMD continues to increase its share in the processor market, that is, its sales are generally growing.
New Intel video driver gets support for Arc A770M and A550M 3D cards
Intel has released new beta drivers for Intel Arc Alchemist Discrete Desktop and Mobile GPUs and 12th Gen Intel Xe-LP Integrated Graphics. One of the innovations there was support for mid-range and high-end A770M and A550M gaming graphics cards, which may indicate their imminent appearance on the market.
In addition, Intel has made it possible to disable built-in performance optimizations for applications. At the moment, the drivers are optimized for the 3DMark Timespy and Port Royale test applications, so the video cards show their power well in them. However, for the same reason, these data are not included in the overall statistics of the UL Benchmarks organization.
There is also support for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, F1 2022 and Arcadegeddon as part of the Game On program. And in some games, bugs have been fixed. The list of projects with fixes looks like this:
- Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition (DX12);
- Horizon Zero Dawn (DX12);
- F1 2020 (DX12);
- Crossfire (DX9);
- Euro Truck Simulator 2 (DX11);
- The Sims 4 (DX9);
- Ghostwire: Tokyo (DX12).
Earlier it became known that a discrete Intel graphics card can also be “registered” in the Ayaneo Next II portable console. True, that will most likely be Arc A350M or A370M.
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