Last summer, against the background of the collapse of the crypto market, video cards fell significantly, but then the price increase resumed. Since mid-January, the opposite trend has been observed: video cards are getting cheaper. Moreover, according to 3DCenter, they have been rapidly falling in price lately: by 20% in 20 days!
All Nvidia and AMD models are still higher than suggested retail prices, but markups are not nearly as high as they used to be. In the case of AMD models, they are now 45% (against 63% in the second half of January), in the case of Nvidia models – 57% versus 77% a few weeks ago.
The graphics card price decline chart coincides with the Ethereum price decline chart, but at the same time, the curve showing the availability of different models goes up: 3D cards are getting cheaper against the backdrop of increasing supply, and this is a very important point. About the same thing was said yesterday in the news about the Chinese market: increased stocks are forcing local video card manufacturers to reduce prices.
If we talk about specific models, then in the case of the “red” the smallest increase falls on the younger Radeon RX 6500 XT – its most affordable versions are offered only 17% more than the recommended price. The markup on other models of the line is approximately 32-33%.
The retail price for the rival Radeon RX 6500 TX – Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 – differs more noticeably from the official one: it is 49% higher. The lowest margin on the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is 32%.
GeForce RTX 4090 will not be as powerful as previously thought. But power consumption will also be lower.
Perhaps the GeForce RTX 4090 will not be as voracious as all sorts of leaks and rumors of recent times have described it.
A well-known insider, who at one time was the first to correctly indicate the parameters of the cards of the GeForce RTX 30 line, pointed to the new specifications of the upcoming Nvidia flagship.
According to them, the card will receive fewer CUDA cores, but also a lower TDP. To be more precise, we are talking about 16,128 CUDA cores instead of 18,432 cores, which were always mentioned earlier. Here it is worth clarifying that 18,432 cores are primarily attributed to the AD102 GPU. And, most likely, this GPU will have such a configuration. It’s just that the RTX 4090 will get a stripped-down version of it, which may hint at the release of the RTX 4090 Ti sometime later.
The RTX 4090 should also get 24GB of 21GHz GDDR6X memory, as discussed earlier. But the TDP will be only 450 watts, and not 600 watts, which were previously mentioned in every leak. Given the above, 600 watts is likely to be typical for the RTX 4090 Ti if it comes out.
As a result, the performance of the RTX 4090 will be about twice that of the RTX 3090. Previously, leaks spoke of a larger increase.
OK, let’s do a new summary. RTX 4090, AD102-300, 16128FP32, 21Gbps 24G GDDR6X, 450W, ~2×3090. I am disappointed with RDNA3. That’s all.
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) May 16, 2022
That is, in the end, the new card will be less performance, more economical, and also allow Nvidia to release a Ti version in the future. For what reasons the company decided to cut the parameters of the flagship card, so far we can only guess. In addition, we cannot be sure that these specifications are final, since earlier it was said about others all the time. But this is normal – the closer to the announcement, the more accurate the leaks become.
The insider also wrote that he was disappointed with RDNA 3, but, unfortunately, did not indicate for what reasons.
The iPhone 15 could do what Jobs wanted to see in the very first iPhone. It’s about the lack of a SIM card slot.
According to numerous rumors, the iPhone 15 line of smartphones may be the first Apple models in which the company will abandon the slot for conventional SIM cards. That is, they will completely switch to eSIM. As it turned out, Apple wanted to abandon the SIM even in the very first iPhone.
According to former Apple CEO Tony Fadell, Steve Jobs wanted to release the first iPhone without a SIM card slot. Of course, then there was no talk of any eSIM in its modern form. It’s just that Jobs liked the concept of the iPhone without SIM cards, and it could be realized by switching completely to CDMA networks. However, Fadell dissuaded Jobs from this idea, showing statistics according to which, the distribution of CDMA left much to be desired. Later, Apple did release a CDMA-enabled iPhone for Verizon, but that was just a modification.
Now, more than 15 years later, Jobs’ original concept may be fully realized. True, eSIM does not work in all countries, so Apple will have to continue to release iPhones with SIM card slots.
World’s first 14″ laptop with 75Wh battery and Magic OS. Honor MagicBook 14 unveiled with 2K screen, Intel Core 12 processors and GeForce RTX 2050 GPU
Huawei has officially unveiled the next-generation 14-inch MagicBook 14 laptop. Even before the announcement, Huawei characterized the novelty as a device with outstanding autonomy, and now it became clear why it was implemented: the developers call the novelty the world’s first 14-inch laptop with a 75 Wh battery. It was also said about the influence of Magic OS (this is a set of proprietary applications for Windows) on the device’s ability to work 20 hours offline, but battery capacity still plays a decisive role here.
I must say, while the MagicBook 14 2022 is thin and compact (although the screen bezels could be smaller), it even allows you to play games – and even with ray tracing! The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 discrete 3D accelerator is responsible for graphics processing in this model. However, the basic models get by with integrated graphics, and the “middle” version offers a simpler discrete GPU – the GeForce MX 550.
Processors – Intel Core i5-12500H in the base version and Intel Core i7-12650H – in the top one. The amount of LPDDR5 RAM was 16 GB, the amount of SSD – 512 GB. The novelty received a new cooling system with two fans, two heat pipes and a radiator increased by 66% of the area. Compared to its predecessor, the airflow is increased by 35%.
The 14-inch laptop screen covers 88.15% of the lid. The resolution is 2160 x 1440 pixels, the frame rate is standard 60 Hz. The display is characterized by a brightness of 300 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and coverage of 100% of the sRGB color space.
The case of Honor MagicBook 14 2022 is made of aluminum. The thickness is 15.9 mm, and the weight of the device is 1.54 kg. The configuration of the device also includes a fingerprint scanner built into the power key, a backlit keyboard, a webcam that allows you to record 720p video, a pair of USB-C ports.
The new MagicBook 14 with Core i5 retails for $810, but early adopters can pre-order for $735. The Core i7 version is priced at $840. Sales of new items in China will start on May 19.
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