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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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Computer in “credit card” format. Qualcomm develops Qompute Card concept despite Intel’s failure

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Qualcomm is reportedly developing a concept called the Qompute Card.

It involves placing all the basic elements of a PC on one small board. This will allow you to easily and quickly update the configuration of such a PC or use such cards by one user in different places on different PCs. Also, a similar solution can find application in household appliances.

The concept is not new at all. Back in 2017, a similar idea for the Intel Compute Card was presented, but the company abandoned it two years later, since it did not receive any distribution in the market.

Qualcomm as a whole makes a very similar decision, except that the heart of such cards will be SoCs based on the Arm architecture. The Qompute Card will also contain the motherboard, RAM and flash memory. That is, all the main elements of the finished device. At the same time, Qualcomm cards may well be significantly smaller than Intel Compute Card, if only because of the different power consumption of SoC Snapdragon and conventional Intel CPUs.

Qompute Card are aimed specifically at computers and laptops. At least the SoC Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3 presented the other day will also be offered as part of the cards. The source adds that Qualcomm is testing configurations for both Windows Arm and Chrome OS. How successful this version will turn out to be, time will tell. So far, all such modularity initiatives have not met with success.

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No, GeForce RTX 2060 12GB Founders Edition will not be available at MSRP. The company will not release a reference version of the novelty

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The 12GB GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card that Nvidia unveiled the other day will not be available in the Founders Edition.

Initially, the company indicated such a version on its website, but removed it from the description and confirmed to sources that the new product would not be released in such a version.

Thus, the updated RTX 2060 will be available exclusively in non-reference variants. In the current situation, this is a disadvantage, since Founders Edition cards can at least occasionally be bought at the recommended price directly on the Nvidia website or from its partners. Now it turns out that all RTX 2060s in retail will come with huge markups. By the way, we still don’t know the official price for the updated map.

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Designers of the T-Force M200 portable solid state drive took inspiration from the design of the eponymous sniper rifle

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Along with the Siren GD240E processor liquid cooling system, Team Group introduced the M200 portable solid state drive. In Japan, he won the 2021 design award. According to the manufacturer, the designers took inspiration from the appearance of the sniper rifle of the same name. The stripes on the body are designed to evoke the Picatinny rail. But they are made not only for the sake of a spectacular appearance. They are said to improve cooling. In addition, the case protects the drive from damage. The description says that the drive can withstand drops from a height of up to 2 m.

Designers of the T-Force M200 portable solid state drive took inspiration from the design of the eponymous sniper rifle

The drive is equipped with a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface, which provides speeds of 2000MB / s. It can be used with PC, mobile devices and PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The 105 x 55.5 x 11mm drive weighs just 83g and is available in 2TB, 4TB and 8TB capacities. The first two should go on sale in late December for $ 310 and $ 760, respectively. The company promises to start shipping the largest-volume variant in the first quarter of 2022, and it will cost $ 1,900.

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