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While memory manufacturers are cutting back on 3D NAND, the glut of memory chips and SSDs is so significant that their prices will continue to fall in the coming months, Trendfocus analysts said. As a result, SSD prices could halve by mid-2023.

A slowdown in demand for PCs from consumers, as well as some businesses, naturally means lower demand for all kinds of computer components, including processors and video cards. But products such as 3D NAND, memory modules and solid state drives are suffering more than other categories from falling demand. The main reasons are that they are relatively easy to manufacture, there are many competitors in the market, and finished products are usually stored in their warehouses before they are purchased by PC manufacturers, component manufacturers or resellers.

SSD prices could halve by mid-2023

In recent weeks, Kioxia has said it will cut 3D NAND wafer production by 40% from October 1, while Micron said it will slow down 232-layer 3D NAND production. This memory is designed for the best SSDs with sequential read/write performance in excess of 10 GB/s. Both companies have a lot of 3D NAND in stock, while SSD manufacturers have a lot of drives in their inventory that they need to sell.

The Crucial P3 500GB M.2-2280 drive is currently available for $44 on Amazon, which is 8.8 cents per gigabyte. There are even cheaper 2.5-inch PNY CS900 500 GB SATA drives that sell for $31, or 6.2 cents per gigabyte. While retail prices for 3D NAND bits are already low, Trendfocus expects flash manufacturers to offer nearly 40-50% price cuts by mid-2023, further driving down the cost of SSDs as well as their retail prices.

It is not known exactly how many SSDs are in stock from dozens of manufacturers, but Trendfocus suggests that it will take at least two quarters for cloud companies and PC makers to master the drives already in production.

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The first laptop with GeForce RTX 40. Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 new generation lit up on the Web

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The first laptop with GeForce RTX 40 Asus ROG Zephyrus

The first laptop based on the GeForce RTX 40 line of graphics cards has appeared on the Web. The model is called the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16.

The first laptop with GeForce RTX 40. Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 new generation lit up on the Web

Judging by the photo, the new M16 looks little different from its predecessor. In particular, the same thin frames have been preserved, which not every gaming laptop can boast of. For the current model, Asus is talking about 94% display space.

The current ROG Zephyrus M16 is equipped with a Core i9-12900H CPU and offers graphics cards from RTX 3050 Ti to RTX 3080 Ti. We can expect that the new model will have approximately the same configuration, but with new CPU and GPU.

Recall that the announcement of the mobile GeForce RTX 40, as well as the Raptor Lake mobile processors, is expected at CES 2023. A laptop will probably also be presented there.

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Will the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti stay for at least another year? Nvidia is ending production of almost all mid-range graphics cards.

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Nvidia has decided to completely stop the production of several models of video cards of past generations.

Will the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti stay for at least another year?  Nvidia is ending production of almost all mid-range graphics cards.

We are talking about the GeForce RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2060, GTX 1660 Super and GTX 1660 cards. The source does not have any details, but we already know that there is an RTX 3050 to replace the RTX 2060/2060 Super, but the GTX 1660 cards there are simply no replacements. The source doesn’t mention the GTX 1660 Ti, though, so it’s possible Nvidia is keeping this card alone to close the hole in the sub-$300 segment.

In particular, in Europe now for the GTX 1660/1660 Super/1660 Ti they are asking for about the same money: from about 230-240 euros. At the same time, the cheapest RTX 3050 now costs 300 euros. No more affordable cards will appear in the RTX 30 line, and it’s not worth waiting for cheap RTX 40 cards in the foreseeable future, because even the RTX 4060 is supposedly released only next summer.

For comparison, AMD has a modern Radeon RX 6600 in the sub-$300/Euro segment, which is much more powerful than any GTX 1660, and along with the RTX 3050.

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When the new Intel processor is really better than its predecessor. Core i7-1370P parameters appeared

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When the new Intel processor is really better than its

Intel has not yet introduced most of the Raptor Lake family, including mobile CPUs. But today the Core i7-1370P lit up on the Web.

When the new Intel processor is really better than its predecessor.  Core i7-1370P parameters appeared

Geekbench indicates that this is a 14-core processor with support for 20 threads, that is, we are talking about six large cores and eight small ones. It is worth noting here that this is a configuration identical to the Core i7-1280P, but the Core i7-1270P has 14 cores. That is, the new Intel CPU will be better than its predecessor, including in terms of the number of cores.

When the new Intel processor is really better than its predecessor.  Core i7-1370P parameters appeared

In addition, the frequencies will become higher. The maximum frequency will reach 5 GHz versus 4.8 GHz for the models of the Alder Lake line mentioned above. But the base frequency relative to the Core i7-1280P will increase by 100 MHz, up to 1.9 GHz, but relative to the Core i7-1270P it will decrease by 300 MHz.

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