SSD prices continue to fall. Back in March, it became known that prices had fallen by 15-30 percent since January. Now the price has fallen even lower, as reported by the authoritative publication tomshardware.com.
Since March, the average price has dropped by about 25% for 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB drives, with an average cost per GB of just 6 cents. You can pay a little more for a high performance PCIe 4 drive, or a little less (4 cents) for a SATA or PCIe 3.0 SSD.
The reason for the price drop is obvious: there has been a sharp drop in demand for NAND flash memory, which is used by SSDs, and according to the TrendForce analytics group, the average selling price fell by 15% in the first quarter of 2023, with a further drop of 8-13%. Meanwhile, enterprise SSD revenue fell 47.3% in the first quarter.
Experts studied the market and came to the conclusion that now you can buy a PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD with a capacity of 1 TB for an average of $ 50-60, and 2 TB drives for less than $ 100. The highest performing models, such as the Samsung 990 Pro and WD Black SN850X, cost around $85 and $134 for 1TB and 2TB respectively.
4TB SSDs are available at prices ranging from $154 to $299 depending on interface and manufacturer.
The Radeon RX 7800 XT can be made to consume only 200 W of power, and at the same time it will still not lose to the GeForce RTX 4070 in terms of performance
The Radeon RX 7800 XT video card, at its price of $500, performed well against the RTX 4070, which costs $600. However, the latter is much more energy efficient. Tests from the Techtesters channel have shown that, if desired, an AMD card can also be made much more efficient.
It turned out that the consumption of the RX 7800 XT can be lowered to the level of the RTX 4070, that is, about 200 W. Moreover, even in this mode, AMD’s new product is not inferior to its competitor. True, an Nvidia card can also be undervolted, but this was not done in this test.
As for the performance loss of the AMD adapter, Gigabyte’s overclocked RX 7800 XT consumes 40% more power than the version with a reduced power limit, while the former performs only 9% better.
Laptops with Intel Core Ultra processors will cost a pretty penny. Models will start at over $1,500
Intel will release Meteor Lake processors in mid-December. And although it is not yet clear when exactly the first laptops will go on sale, judging by recent data, these very first laptops will be very expensive.
At the last event, Intel showed laptops from both its own brand and Acer models. Apparently, Acer will be one of the first to equip its mobile PCs with new CPUs. And the prices of these mobile PCs are expected to exceed $1,500.
More specifically, prices in the Taiwan market are expected to exceed NT$50,000, which is about $1,560 at current exchange rates. True, this is already taking into account taxes.
The UDN resource also confirms that most laptops with Core Ultra processors will be released in 2024.
Thus, apparently, the Core Ultra models will occupy the upper price segment, while in the middle and lower there will be models from the Raptor Lake Refresh line.
Intel will bombard the market with processors of different generations. Arrow Lake, Lunar Lake, and Panther Lake will be released in 2024
Intel today introduced Meteor Lake mobile processors, which it calls a revolutionary step forward. In addition, Intel spoke about the next generations of its CPUs.
In total, over the next year we will see three: Arrow Lake, Lunar Lake and Panther Lake. Of course, this does not mean that Intel will replace three generations of processors in a year.
Arrow Lake will be available in both desktop and mobile segments. On desktop, they will replace the Raptor Lake Refresh line, which will be released in October. In mobile, apparently, Arrow Lake will coexist with Meteor Lake, a game in the segment of higher-performance solutions. Such CPUs will be produced partly at Intel facilities using the Intel 20A process technology and partly at TSMC facilities using the N3 process technology.
Lunar Lake processors, as it turns out, will be similar to Meteor Lake in that they will be available only in the mobile segment. It is unclear whether this division is temporary or whether Intel will now continue to divide its CPU lines in this way. Lunar Lake will also be released next year. Given that this is technically a replacement for Meteor Lake, perhaps late next year.
Panther Lake will be available in both the mobile and desktop segments, that is, they will replace Arrow Lake. But in this case, it is unclear why they should also be expected in 2024, because the same Arrow Lake in this case will be relevant for less than a year.
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