The GPU performance in the Apple M1 Max SoC exceeds 10 TFLOPS, which can be compared with the PS5 or GeForce RTX 2080. But the TFLOPS figure is not directly related to the performance in games. And now we have the opportunity to assess what Apple’s solution is capable of in games.
And it is really capable of a lot. In Tomb Rider, the top-end Apple platform performs at the level of the mobile GeForce RTX 3060. Yes, we are talking about the 70-watt version, that is, almost the slowest. Recall that the RTX 3060 for laptops has a power limit ranging from 60 to 115 watts.
However, we are still talking about a very productive mobile video card of the most modern generation. Yes, you need to wait for tests in more games to put together a more complete picture, but you can state the very high performance of Apple’s solution right now. M1 Pro, by the way, also looks decent. This is roughly the level of mobile GeForce RTX 3050 Ti or RTX 3050.
Of course, the MacBook Pro is not bought for games at all, since the situation with games on macOS is not easy. However, this does not prevent us from evaluating the new Apple SoCs simply in terms of their capabilities.
Ryzen 5 2400 and GeForce GTX 1060 are required to play the “best game of all time” at Full HD resolution. Requirements for the PC version of God of War published
The developers of God of War, recognized in October this year as the best game of all time, have published the system requirements for the PC version – it will be released on January 14. In general, to play at Full HD resolution and a frame rate of 30 fps, an average PC performance by today’s standards is sufficient: with 8 GB of RAM, a quad-core Core i5-6600K processor and a GeForce GTX 1060 video card. “Is a completely different story.
Ultra is 4K resolution and 60fps frame rate. This requires a processor of at least Intel Core i9-9900K or AMD Ryzen 9 3950X, 16 GB of RAM and a video card of at least GeForce RTX 3080. “Intermediate” quality settings High and Performance require video cards GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce RTX 2070, respectively. For all quality levels, one thing is invariable – the presence of 64-bit Windows 10 and 70 free gigabytes on the SSD.
AMD credited with ordering 4nm processors from Samsung
Historically, AMD has worked with two semiconductor contract manufacturers: TSMC and GlobalFoundries. According to the latest report from Gokul Hariharan, an analyst at JP Morgan, AMD may soon bring in another manufacturing partner to release the processors. The point is that AMD can start cooperation with the South Korean giant Samsung and use the proprietary 4LPP technical process, which is the second generation of technical processes based on the use of 4 nm standards. It has been selected for AMD APUs for Google Chromebooks – mobile computers that require low power consumption to maximize battery life.
AMD may take this step in late 2022, since Samsung’s 4LPP process technology will be available in mass production by then. This means that the first AMD APUs from Samsung could hit the market in late 2022 or early 2023. Of course, the cooperation between the two companies can be much broader. AMD is allegedly evaluating the possibility of using Samsung’s 3nm manufacturing processes to launch other products from different segments in 2023 or 2024. The parties have not yet entered into appropriate agreements, therefore, the information provided by JP Morgan should be taken with a grain of salt.
Why are Intel Z690 motherboards so expensive? Named a component that has risen in price three times in comparison with Intel Z590
Motherboards for Intel Alder Lake processors based on the Intel Z690 chipset have noticeably increased in price compared to their predecessors: the most affordable models are estimated at about $ 250, and the cost of the top ones reaches 2,000 euros. But if everything is clear with the top-end ones, then with the basic and middle-level models – not very much. Did the revised power subsystem, DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support lead to this?
Not really. The support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 had practically no effect on the price, but the power subsystem really came out more expensive. Intel Z690 uses IMVP 9.1 specifications instead of IMVP8 and uses SPS instead of DrMOS converters. Taken together, all the changes have resulted in each phase of the power supply of the Intel Z690 costing twice as much as in the Intel Z590.
Interestingly, the chipset itself is almost on a par with its predecessor: $ 50 – the price of Intel Z590 and $ 51 – the cost of Intel Z690. But there is one component that has tripled in price! And alas, without this component in any way. It’s about the socket itself. Surprisingly, about half the number of contacts has led to a threefold increase in the cost of the socket. If the processor socket for the LGA115x CPU cost about five dollars, then the LGA1700 cost 10-15 dollars, and this is the wholesale price when ordering a very large batch of chipsets.
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