During the announcement of the Alder Lake processors last week, Intel gave the results of official tests: it turned out that in games the company’s new flagship, the Core i9-12900K, beats the competitor in the face of the Ryzen 9 5950X by about 15%. However, the details of the test conditions revealed now indicate that Intel was cunning, and in reality, the Core i9-12900K will not be faster than the Ryzen 9 5950X.
The thing is that during testing the PL1 value of the Core i9-12900K processor was … 241 W! In reality, however, it should be equal to 125 W, and the processor consumes 241 W with the PL2 setting. In turn, the Ryzen 9 5950X was also tested with the PL1 installation, but here the TDP was the standard 105 watts. It turns out that in the tests, the thermal package of the Core i9-12900K was significantly expanded, and the processor worked at a much higher frequency than it should have. And the competitor was just working at its usual frequencies. A recent experiment showed that switching from PL1 to PL2 increases the performance of the Core i9-12900K by as much as 35%!
Also worth noting is the fact that Intel used Windows 11 Pro build 22000.9 for benchmarks with known performance issues for AMD processors. These problems were fixed in Windows 11 version 22000.282, so that for the purity of the experiment, you could use it or even Windows 10. In general, everything looks very much like a dirty game. So in reality, it may turn out that the Core i9-12900K is no faster than the Ryzen 9 5950X. Maybe even slower.
Rumor: Nvidia Stops Production of GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs After GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Drops in Price
A steep rise in the value of major cryptocurrencies triggered a cascade of events that resulted in the collapse of prices for new video cards. Many models have fallen in price, including top ones like the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti: with a recommended price of $1,200 (in the US), it is offered by the largest American retailers, Newegg and Amazon, for less than $1,000.
A small price gap between the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and the GeForce RTX 3080 with 12GB of memory has led Nvidia to suspend shipments of GPUs to partners for the latter. So wrote one of the Twitter users familiar with the situation. It is impossible to confirm or refute these words, but in general such a development of events can be considered quite probable.
Up to 8 XE cores and 6 GB of memory: the first information about the Intel Arc Pro A50/A40 graphics cards appeared
The database of the SiSoftware Sandra test package has fresh data on the upcoming Arc A40 Pro and Arc A50 Pro graphics cards. These are graphics accelerators for workstations that are designed for engineering tasks.
The A50 Pro has a full ACM-G11 GPU with 8 Xe cores (128 execution units/1024 FP32 cores), while the A40 Pro is likely to get a stripped-down version of the chip. The clock frequency is 2.45 GHz.
Both cards have 6 GB GDDR6 memory, indicating a 96-bit memory bus. In this regard, both models are similar to the Arc A380 mobile card, which has almost the same configuration.
Thus, the company continues to prepare its entry-level products. When high-performance gaming and professional solutions based on the ACM-G10 GPU will appear, it is not reported. It is also not yet clear whether the Arc A40 Pro and Arc A50 Pro cards will be available in retail or whether they will appear only as part of workstations.
Earlier, Intel introduced its first gaming graphics card for $150.
Named the likely date of the announcement of the mobile processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Qualcomm has updated its 2022 product launch roadmap. And there, among other things, they indicated the likely date for the announcement of the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. It is expected to be shown on the first day of the Snapdragon Summit event, which will be held from November 14 to 17.
Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon X70 5G modem that will be included with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It is credited with download speeds of up to 10 Gbps, as well as new advanced features for working in fifth-generation networks.
The processor (SM8550) will be manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm process. It will use a three-cluster layout. The composition is expected to include one super-powerful Cortex X3 core, two productive Cortex-A720 and A710, as well as three energy-efficient Cortex-A510. An Adreno740 graphics accelerator is also expected.
It is assumed that the first smartphone based on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor will be Xiaomi 13, its presentation is expected before the end of 2022.
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