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OLED to the masses. Asus has $ 800 laptop with OLED display

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If a few years ago they asked for a lot of money for laptops with OLED screens, then starting this year, such displays will be registered even in inexpensive models: in January, this was actually guaranteed by Samsung as a manufacturer of OLED panels, and Asus brought it into reality in the form of a ZenBook 13 UX325 laptop.

This compact 13-inch model has an OLED screen and starts at just $ 800 in the US. For this money, a ZenBook 13 is offered in the UX325EA-DS51 configuration with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8 GB of LPDDR4X memory, a 256 GB SSD, a Thunderbolt 4 port and a Wi-Fi 6 module. More expensive versions are with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD for $ 900 or $ 1,100, respectively.

In all cases, a 13.3-inch Full HD OLED display with 400 cd / m2 brightness, 1 ms response time and 100% DCI-P3 color space coverage is used.

New items are already presented in the catalogs of the North American sites Amazon and NewEgg, but the delivery date has not yet been announced. Asus promises to send the new product to stores in the near future. It should be thought that within a few months other manufacturers will also present their inexpensive laptops with Samsung OLED screens.

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What’s missing in the new MacBook Pros yet? Support for external video cards did not appear here either.

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As you know, the first Apple laptops on the SoC M1 do not support external video cards. We now know this is true for the new M1 Pro and M1 Max-based MacBook Pros as well.

Despite the presence of Thinderbolt 4 ports, Apple’s new laptops lack support for external graphics cards, and the company has yet to explain this limitation. Perhaps it is primarily due to the Apple Silicon architecture.

Of course, we have already seen that, at least for the M1 Max, using an external video card may be pointless, but we will not mention the M1 Pro and the original M1.

Whether support for external video cards will appear in future Apple laptops with its own platforms is anyone’s guess. It is possible that GPU performance in Apple Silicon will grow at such a rate that discrete adapters will really not be useful in the corresponding bundles.

Recall also that the new MacBook Pro also lacks support for the latest standards for SD memory cards.

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Top mobile graphics cards can’t handle the Apple M1 Max SoC? The GPU tests of the new MacBook Pro platform appeared

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The graphics core of the Apple M1 Max SoC is characterized by a performance of 10.4 TFLOPS, which puts it on a par with the GPU in the PlayStation 5 or, for example, with the GeForce RTX 2080. True, the performance in TFLOPS depends solely on the number of ALUs in the GPU and the frequency, so that this indicator has little to do with real performance. But now we can finally appreciate the real power of the M1 Max.

Not in games yet, but in a benchmark, but this is already something. In this case, we are talking about the GFXBench test software, and the competitors for the new Apple platform were the Apple M1 SoC, the Radeon RX 6800M and the mobile GeForce RTX 3080. The last two cards roughly match the performance of the desktop Radeon RX 6700 XT and GeForce RTX 3070, respectively.

Top mobile graphics cards can't handle the Apple M1 Max SoC?  The GPU tests of the new MacBook Pro platform appeared

As you can see, the GPU in the M1 Max is often faster than both very powerful discrete graphics cards, which is impressive. More precisely, out of nine tests, M1 Max was the clear leader in four and outperformed AMD and Nvidia cards by a narrow margin in another. In addition, of the remaining four tests, the Apple solution lost insignificantly, and in two more it was at the level of the Radeon card. In fact, only one test showed a very large gap between the M1 Max and discrete graphics cards.

As for the comparison with the M1, where the GPU cores are four times less, here the gain is always very large, although sometimes it is still less than twofold.

Of course, you need to wait for tests in games to put an end to this confrontation, but here it is worth understanding two aspects. First, the powerful GPU in the MacBook Pro isn’t needed for gaming. Secondly, we are still talking about a single-chip system with a very low power consumption by the standards of a CPU or GPU, which at the same time is able to compete and surpass full-fledged CPUs and GPUs.

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Has Apple “saved on matches” again? The SD slot in newer MacBook Pros does not support the latest data transfer standards

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The new generation of MacBook Pro laptops reintroduces the SD card slot that has been missing for several years. However, as it turned out, Apple for some reason did not implement the latest UHS-III or SD Express standard in its PCs.

Instead, only UHS-II cards are supported. This means that the data transfer rate is limited to 312 MB / s. For comparison, UHS-III offers twice the speed, that is, 624 MB / s, and SD Express can transfer data at speeds up to 985 MB / s, that is, three times faster than UHS-II.

Of course, 312 MB / s is quite good, but still, in the new laptops that Apple positions as professional solutions, I would like to see more recent technologies.

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