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Video cards are quickly becoming more expensive again. The lowest mark-up on the most expensive AMD model right now

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Video cards began to rise in price again. This is especially true for AMD adapters. In this case, we will consider European prices. In the table below you will find the most attractive offers at the moment for each of the current Radeon and GeForce models. That is, the average price will be higher, but at the indicated prices the cards are really available.

RX 6600 XT RX 6700 XT RX 6800 RX 6800 XT RX 6900 XT RTX 3060 RTX 3060 Ti RTX 3070 RTX 3080 RTX 3090
Minimum price for July 31, EUR 680 1000 1100 1375 500 670 820 1160 1895
The minimum price at the moment, euros 640 800 1300 1280 1350 623 717 912 1300 2450

As you can see, almost all AMD video cards have risen in price, and sometimes significantly. The only exception was the top-end RX 6900 XT, which even fell a little in a month and a half. For comparison, the GeForce RTX 3090, on the contrary, has risen in price. And now it is the AMD flagship that is the video card with the lowest markup in percentage terms relative to the recommended price. You need to overpay 35%. On the whole, it is only the RX 6900 XT that did not grow over the past month and a half, and it is not very clear what caused this situation.

As for the rise in price in general, there are several reasons. This is the rise in price of cryptocurrencies, and the tightening of the deficit at the end of the summer.

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Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

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Yes the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot but the Ryzen

The Ryzen 7000 processors proved to be very productive, but also quite hot. Power consumption and temperatures have grown to about the level of Intel Alder Lake, and this affects the choice of cooling system. Can a regular AMD box cooler even handle a six-core Ryzen 5 7600X?

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

Despite the fact that this CPU has only six cores and power consumption in the range of 90 W, in many tests, even with liquid cooling, it heated up to 90 degrees and above. However, it turned out that everything is not so simple.

Our colleagues at TechSpot decided to try out the Wraith Spire cooler and were surprised by the results.

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

So, if you do not perform any manipulations with the CPU, then, for example, in Cinebench R23, a processor with a boxed cooler scores 5% less points than with a GSO due to a 3% drop in frequency. At the same time, the temperature rises from 93 to 101 degrees, that is, not so much, given the difference in performance between the coolers.

Also for the Ryzen 7000, you can activate Eco Mode, which reduces the power limit to 65 watts. This allows you to reduce the temperature by 7-16 degrees, depending on the cooler, and the performance drops by literally 1.5-4%. It is also possible to activate the PBO2 mode with reduced voltage, which results in a less significant decrease in temperature, but performance is even improved, albeit only by 2%. As for power consumption, it drops by 24% in Eco Mode.

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

In games, the situation is different. They do not load the processor so much, therefore, the power consumption in most cases is very modest (about 60-80 W), and temperatures rarely reach even 60 degrees, that is, they are in a completely normal range.

As a result, we can state that even a cooler of the Wraith Spire level is enough for stable operation of the Ryzen 5 7600X with an almost imperceptible decrease in performance and a not very significant increase in temperature. However, this raises questions about the temperature regime of the Ryzen 7000 as a whole, because the difference (in CPU heating) between a fairly simple air cooler and liquid CO turns out to be insignificant, and this is strange. Exactly what architectural features or settings of the Ryzen 7000 lead to operation at such high temperatures, even with LSO, is not yet clear. Especially when you consider the rather modest power consumption, because it turns out that the Ryzen 5 7600X heats up to 100 degrees, consuming only about 90 watts.

Yes, the Ryzen 7000 gets very hot, but the Ryzen 5 7600X is quite enough to run the usual inexpensive cooler

But it is also worth understanding that such a situation will only occur in a number of applications that can fully load all the CPU cores, while in the same games both temperature and power consumption do not raise questions.

If you still want to lower the processor temperature, you can activate Eco Mode, which has almost no effect on performance.

Separately, it is worth recalling the words of AMD itself regarding the temperature regime of the Ryzen 7000. The company did not go into details regarding the reasons, only mentioning the 5 nm process technology, but assured that 95 degrees for new CPUs are the norm. The processor will strive to increase the frequencies as much as possible, remaining within the same 95 degrees, regardless of the CO used. At the same time, this temperature is not dangerous for the CPU, and only at 105 degrees the throttling process is activated.

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Ryzen 7000 Thermal Grease Protection Introduced. Noctua NA-TPG1 Frame $8

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Ryzen 7000 Thermal Grease Protection Introduced Noctua NA TPG1 Frame 8

Ryzen 7000 processors have an unusually shaped cover, which is why applying thermal paste to CPU data has its own nuances.

Ryzen 7000 Thermal Grease Protection Introduced. Noctua NA-TPG1 Frame $8

Noctua decided to help buyers of such processors and introduced a special protection against excess thermal paste. The product is called NA-TPG1 and costs $8.

NA-TPG1 is just a plastic frame with a cutout in the shape of newer CPUs. It is enough just to put this frame on the processor before applying thermal paste and installing the cooler. If the thermal paste turns out to be more than necessary and the CO pressure squeezes it out, it will remain on the frame and will not get between the teeth of the CPU cover, from where it is quite difficult to remove.

Ryzen 7000 Thermal Grease Protection Introduced. Noctua NA-TPG1 Frame $8

NA-TPG1 is available on its own for $8, or bundled with NT-H1 or NT-H2 thermal pastes for $10 and $14 respectively.

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Sometimes the GeForce RTX 4090 can be only 15% faster than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. This is exactly the result in one of the benchmarks

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Sometimes the GeForce RTX 4090 can be only 15 faster

The GeForce RTX 4090 video card lit up in the next benchmark, and this is so far the worst result of the novelty regarding the RTX 30 cards.

Sometimes the GeForce RTX 4090 can be only 15% faster than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.  This is exactly the result in one of the benchmarks

It scored about 13,000 points (Crazy 4K) in Ashes of the Singularity, which is only about 15% more than the RTX 3090 Ti and 20% more than the RTX 3090. The difference is very small, but still here you should keep in mind the peculiarity of the benchmark.

Ashes of the Singularity is a rather specific benchmark in itself, and often higher-performing cards outperform their less-performing counterparts there. However, the relatively deplorable result of the RTX 4090 may indicate that in reality, in some scenarios and some games, the increase can be very modest.

The APISAK insider who shared the results of the adapter often publishes just such information. At one time, he shared data on the Radeon RX 5000 and various Ryzen CPUs in many benchmarks.

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