Asus has expanded the range of the first laptop based on the Ryzen 7000 processor.
The model is called Zenbook 14 (UM3402). Interestingly, right in the name Asus indicates the use of the Ryzen 5000 Series, in the descriptions this line is also mentioned almost everywhere, but the infographics indicate the use of a certain Ryzen 7 7730U.
Thanks to the new AMD processor naming system, we can learn something about the CPU just from the name. In particular, that this is a processor based on the Zen 3 or Zen 3+ architecture. If we are talking about the Zen 3 architecture, then it is likely that the Ryzen 7 7730U will be a renamed representative of the Ryzen 5000U line, which also means the 7nm process technology and the Vega generation iGPU. If, however, the Zen 3+ architecture is still used, then we should have a renamed representative of the Ryzen 6000U line, that is, based on the 6 nm process technology and with a more modern iGPU RDNA 2. Given the mention of the Ryzen 5000 Series for this laptop model, there is a good chance what about the first option.
As for the laptop itself, we know about a 14-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD, a 75 Wh battery, Wi-Fi 6E, a thickness of 16.9 mm, a weight of 1.39 kg , a NumberPad 2.0 touchpad, and a set of ports consisting of USB 3.2, USB-C 3.2 (x2), HDMI 2.0, and a microSD slot.
The GeForce RTX 4060 and Radeon RX 7600 will have something that the GeForce RTX 4090 and Radeon RX 7900 XTX don’t have. They will receive support for PCIe 5.0
The latest flagship graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD do not support the PCIe 5.0 interface, but it may appear in simpler graphics cards. According to the latest data, models with AMD Navi 33 and Nvidia AD 106 GPUs will receive PCIe 5.0 support.
The most likely production models based on these GPUs are the Radeon RX 7600 and GeForce RTX 4060, respectively. Both will be released next year, presumably, their debut may take place at Computex 2023, which starts on May 30. Full support for the interface is out of the question – for these models, eight PCIe 5.0 lanes will be enough.
The evaporation chamber is not exclusive to the GeForce RTX 4090. The same cooling system was received by Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 Nitro
Official sales of AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT 3D accelerators should start soon, so video card manufacturers are gradually starting to stir up interest in new products. So, the video teaser published by the developers well demonstrated the features of the Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 Nitro (obviously, there will be versions of both XTX and XT).
Most importantly, in this model, as in all GeForce RTX 4090s, there will be a vapor chamber. It will remove heat from both the GPU and the memory chips at the same time. Other components of the cooler are standard for the flagship model – a huge heatsink, three fans.
Other features of the Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 Nitro include three 8-pin auxiliary power connectors, a 20-phase power subsystem, and a slightly modified circuit board.
What video card is needed for such a screen? BOE showed a display with a frame rate of 600 Hz
BOE is working on the industry’s first 600Hz LCD panel. The network got frames from the official video, which demonstrates a laptop with a similar screen.
Details are at a minimum. It is known that the screen diagonal is 16 inches with an aspect ratio of 16:10. The laptop itself is based on one of the GeFoce RTX video cards.
Such a screen, by itself, will be aimed at gaming laptops. But it is still completely unclear when it will appear in production models. For example, BOE showed a 27-inch 500-Hz display back in January, but so far such monitors have not appeared on the market.
On the other hand, you need to understand that the increased frame rate of the screen is good when the number of frames per second in a particular game corresponds to this frequency. And to achieve 600 fps is possible only in fairly old or very simple games from a graphical point of view when using very productive video cards.
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