Intel Arc graphics cards have issues running older games – they will run but slower than similar Nvidia/AMD cards. Games based on the DirectX 11 and DirectX 9 graphics APIs are reported to experience significant framerate drops. The company explained this by poor optimization of games for new cards.
Intel Graphics spokesman Tom Petersen explained that some games on DirectX 11 will work as well as on other cards, but others may slow down. It is assumed that this is due to the peculiarities of the video card drivers. Older types of GUIs rely on the GPU driver for memory management.
According to Petersen, Intel needs more time to improve and optimize graphics cards for games. At the same time, he clarified that Intel cards work very differently than Nvidia counterparts.
He also clarified that Arc accelerators have been optimized for games running on the new DirectX 12 and Vulcan APIs. For example, the version of Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the Intel Arc A770 card produced about 80 FPS when using DX12. And on DX11, the rate dropped to 40 FPS.
Earlier in China, they introduced the A380 video card in the version from MSI.
This is the noisiest and hottest RTX 4090, albeit with a unique cooler. Acer has equipped the video card with liquid CO without an external radiator or pump
Acer showed an interesting development earlier this year: a GeForce RTX 4090 video card with liquid cooling, but without an external radiator and pump. It turned out that Acer failed to make such a design effective.
The video card is not available at retail, but is available as part of the finished Predator Orion-X PC. Judging by KitGuru’s tests, such a PC with such a video card is hardly worth buying.
The Acer cooler turned out to be the most unsuccessful of all that the authors tested on the RTX 4090. Firstly, the card turned out to be the noisiest, and secondly, the hottest. Moreover, if the GPU temperature, although the highest, is not much higher than that of the same Asus RTX TUF, then the memory temperature is immediately much higher than that of any other RTX 4090, and in absolute terms is too high (96 degrees).
As a result, the card operates at relatively low frequencies, is very noisy and suffers from throttling.
A stripped-down GeForce RTX 3050 6GB with a 96-bit bus will be released in January. Nvidia may create one to make room for the RTX 4050
The new version of the GeForce RTX 3050 with 6 GB of memory can cost only $180-190.
Benchlife resource says that the new product could cost less than $190, that is, up to $189. It obviously won’t be much cheaper, but a guideline close to the maximum price is quite normal.
It is expected that the new product will be released in January, and production of the current RTX 3050 8GB will be discontinued. Perhaps Nvidia wants to make room for the RTX 4050. As we have already seen with the RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti, these new products were not particularly faster than their predecessors, and sometimes even inferior to them. Apparently, to prevent the same incident from happening, Nvidia wants to remove the competitor for the RTX 4050 from its own range. In addition, even without this, the RTX 3050 in its current form is not particularly competitive with a price of $200-220 compared to the prices of the Radeon RX 6600 and Arc A750.
Presumably, the RTX 3050 6GB will be as similar as possible to the RTX 3050 Laptop. That is, it will receive 2048 CUDA cores and a 96-bit bus.
The first test result of the 144-core Intel processor is still worse than that of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The Sierra Forest CPU showed up in the test
Intel is preparing not only 64-core Emerald Rapids processors, but also 144-core and even 288-core Sierra Forest. And such a processor appeared in the test for the first time.
A result of a 144-core CPU has appeared on Geekbench, the name of which is not specified. More precisely, the test was passed by a system based on the Beechnut City platform with two such processors, that is, it had a total of 288 cores. Let us remind you that Sierra Forest will only have small cores based on the Crestmont architecture – the same ones will appear in consumer Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake.
The test CPU had 144 cores with a frequency of 2.2 GHz, 108 MB of L3 cache and 64 MB of L2 cache.
The benchmark result is 855 and 7770 points in single-threaded and multi-threaded modes, respectively. These are low results, but the test CPUs were early engineering samples, so the results as a whole can be omitted.
The Xeon Sierra Forest processors will be aimed at cloud data centers and will be direct competitors to AMD’s Bergamo generation Epyc, which offers a maximum of 128 cores. True, although these are Zen 4C cores and not Zen 4, they are technically identical, so the performance of one such core is likely higher than the Crestmon core. Additionally, the Zen 4C cores support multi-threading, something Intel’s smaller cores don’t have.
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