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Intel Found a Way to Double Processor Performance

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Processor performance directly depends on the number of transistors. The more semiconductors on one square centimeter, the smarter the chip. To dramatically increase performance, you need to double the number of transistors every year. Technologies already allow the production of particles with a size of 1 nm, however, not every material allows you to work on this scale. For example, silicon in which semiconductors are placed has physical limitations and some solutions simply cannot be made based on this material. Moore’s Law is based on this theory, but Intel is proving that the theory is outdated and that the law is no longer valid.

To fit billions of transistors on a silicon wafer, you need to know the basics of playing Tetris – the parts must fit very tightly, using all the free space. Intel currently uses FinFETs. These are modern 3D transistors with planar placement – that is, side by side. This arrangement limits the annual increase in the number of conductors per square and does not allow a significant jump in performance.

This problem can be solved in several ways – change the substrate material or come up with a new way of placing transistors. The second method is easier to implement, and Intel has already developed a technology that can double the number of transistors per location without significant costs and global hardware upgrades.

Intel Found a Way to Double Processor Performance

First, it is the transition to Intel Nanoribbon transistors with gates that surround the channels on four sides, and not just cover them in the form of “gates”. This method of constructing a semiconductor affects the quality of the transistor, in particular, it allows you to reduce the operating voltage. But a significant plus of Nanoribbon is that now such transistors can be placed one above the other – that is, if the horizontal silicon area has already been used to the maximum, then semiconductors can now be scaled vertically.

Intel Found a Way to Double Processor Performance

Intel believes that the costs of implementing these architectural features will be minimal, and so far the only challenge is to learn how to create multilayer substrates and connect them so that the transistors work synchronously without delays.

Now the development of such technologies is at the level of experiments, however, Samsung and TSMC are also working in this direction, which means that this is a promising direction and has the right to be implemented. Moreover, the Intel representative said that the company plans to see these technologies in practice in the next few years.

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Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX vs. GeForce RTX 4080. AMD Unboxing Photos Revealed

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Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX vs GeForce RTX 4080

The Radeon RX 7900 graphics cards will be released on December 13, and reviews will be published on the same day. But thematic resources were allowed to share the unpacking today.

Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX vs. GeForce RTX 4080. AMD Unboxing Photos Revealed

Despite the fact that the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT are as similar as possible on the outside, they are still not identical. The older model has a length of 287 mm and weighs 1.8 kg, while the younger one, with a mass of 1.5 kg, is characterized by a length of 267 mm. By the standards of modern Nvidia flagships, these are very compact solutions. In addition, they occupy only 2.5 expansion slots instead of three or four for the new GeForce RTX 40 products. Actually, the general photo clearly shows how much smaller AMD new products are.

Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX vs. GeForce RTX 4080. AMD Unboxing Photos Revealed

Of the less significant, we can note two power connectors (8 + 8), an air temperature sensor immediately behind the fan, as well as the same three red stripes on the radiator. It turns out that they symbolize the third generation of cards based on the RDNA architecture.

Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX vs. GeForce RTX 4080. AMD Unboxing Photos Revealed

Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX vs. GeForce RTX 4080. AMD Unboxing Photos Revealed

Recall that we have some comparisons of new products from AMD and Nvidia, but so far, unfortunately, not in games.

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The $900 Radeon RX 7900 XT outperforms the $1,200 GeForce RTX 4080. But only in one test.

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The 900 Radeon RX 7900 XT outperforms the 1200 GeForce

Following the older sister, the Radeon RX 7900 XT also appeared in the Geekbench database, which will be sold at a price of $ 900.

The $900 Radeon RX 7900 XT outperforms the $1,200 GeForce RTX 4080. But only in one test.

Now we have the results of both new AMD products in the same tests. And if cards from different manufacturers in such benchmarks can only be compared conditionally, then a comparison of cards from the same line is more revealing.

So, the RX 7900 XT scores about 205,600 points in OpenCL, and the result in Vulkan is about 162,200 points.

The $900 Radeon RX 7900 XT outperforms the $1,200 GeForce RTX 4080. But only in one test.

The $900 Radeon RX 7900 XT outperforms the $1,200 GeForce RTX 4080. But only in one test.

In the first case, this is exactly the level of the GeForce RTX 3090, in the second, the new AMD is confidently ahead of the more expensive RTX 4080 by $ 300.

If we talk about comparing the RX 7900 XT and XTX, the second one is about 10% faster. Actually, the price difference between them is almost the same, so the cards should be very close in terms of their profitability.

Recall that the price of the RX 7900 XT, according to available data, will compete with the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. New AMD cards will be released on December 13th.

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Not able to fully bypass the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, the RTX 4070 Ti graphics card will cost $ 900

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Not able to fully bypass the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

It looks like the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics card that came out of the rebranded RTX 4080 12GB will cost $900.

Not able to fully bypass the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, the RTX 4070 Ti graphics card will cost $ 900

It is reported that this price has already been named to Nvidia partners. If the new product really costs $ 900, the RTX 4080 will not be able to get much cheaper. Recall, there are rumors that Nvidia will reduce the price of this adapter, but the card costs $1,200. Considering $900 for the RTX 4070 Ti, perhaps the RTX 4080 will drop in price by just $100. However, this is still just a rumour.

Not able to fully bypass the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, the RTX 4070 Ti graphics card will cost $ 900

Not able to fully bypass the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, the RTX 4070 Ti graphics card will cost $ 900
Not able to fully bypass the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, the RTX 4070 Ti graphics card will cost $ 900

It’s also worth pointing out that if you’re looking solely at performance in TFLOPS, as it’s already known for the new card, the RTX 4070 Ti will outperform its older sister, offering 0.04459 TFLOPS per dollar versus 0.04065 TFLOPS per dollar for the RTX 4080. In comparison, the RTX 4090 scores as high as 0.05165.

In terms of actual performance, according to Nvidia’s own slides, the new product will perform on par with the RTX 3090 Ti or slightly weaker, but will outperform the latter when DLSS is activated.

As a reminder, new AMD graphics cards are also entering the market on December 13, and the RTX 4070 Ti will be a direct competitor for the Radeon RX 7900 XT.

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