Western Digital is preparing to update its client SSD lineup with the addition of a new flagship model, the WD Black SN850X. This drive was mentioned in the PCI-SIG certification file dated December 10th.
The drive is equipped with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface. More details about it are not available, but the “X” in the name probably indicates improved performance over the current flagship WD Black SN850 shown in the illustration. The boost can come from an updated controller, a new generation of NAND flash, or better cooling. Interestingly, the document also features a product called the SN820, which may be the successor to the PC SN810, a drive that the company sells to system integrators and OEMs without using its own brand.
AMD wants to show how to make ultra-cheap modern graphics cards. Radeon RX 6300 may be getting ready for release
It seems that in the current difficult times, AMD and Nvidia have decided to play a game of who will release a more affordable graphics card.
AMD already has the Radeon RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 with MSRPs of $200 and $170, respectively. Nvidia only has the $250 GeForce RTX 3050. If someone wants to buy an Nvidia card cheaper, they will have to take something from the old generations. And now we do not take into account the real prices in stores.
But the other day it became known that Nvidia is preparing a GeForce GTX 1630 (although this is still an old generation), now there are rumors that AMD wants to release a Radeon RX 6300.
The information was found in the AMD graphics driver code for Linux. A new adapter with the code name Beige Goby and ID 0x7424 was found there. Beige Goby is the codename for all desktop cards on the Navi 24, i.e. RX 6400 and RX 6500 XT. And this means that the novelty will be built on this GPU.
Sources suggest that this will be the Radeon RX 6300 model, if only because the mobile RX 6300M already exists. In addition, the RX 6500 XT already uses Navi 24 to the maximum, and there is no point in making another adapter between the RX 6500 XT and RX 6400. Thus, the assumption regarding the RX 6300 looks the most logical. Such a card could have 512 stream processors. Of course, the performance will be very modest, but for someone it does not matter.
Given that the RX 6400 is already only $170, the RX 6300 will cost $150 or even less.
Even the mid-range GeForce RTX 4060 will get GDDR6X memory. New rumors about RTX 40 cards have surfaced
Another piece of data about GeForce RTX 40 video cards has appeared on the Web, and this time it also concerns mid-budget models.
The reliability of the data is questionable, so it’s worth treating them accordingly, but there are even very few rumors about the same RTX 4060, so these, if only for this reason, deserve attention.
So, according to the source, the GeForce RTX 4060 will be based on the AD106 GPU and will have 4608 CUDA cores. It will also have 8 GB of memory and a 192-bit bus. Moreover, the memory will be GDDR6X, that is, with a high frequency.
The RTX 4070 will be powered by an AD104 GPU with 7608 CUDA cores and the same 192-bit memory bus. But the memory itself will be 12 GB. For Nvidia it is uncharacteristic to use not the widest memory bus in this segment, but here it is worth remembering the greatly increased amount of cache memory in the Ada Lovelace architecture, which will be similar to Infinity Cache in AMD cards. It is he who can allow you to compensate for a narrow tire. In addition, fast memory will partially do this.
The RTX 4080 will get an AD103 GPU, 10,752 CUDA cores, a 256-bit bus, and 16GB of memory, while the top-end RTX 4090 will be based on the AD102 with 16,128 CUDA cores and a 384-bit bus. The memory of the card will be 24 GB.
The TDP of the cards, in the order they are listed, will supposedly be 200, 300, 350 and 450 watts.
In general, the information looks very plausible, and partially coincides with early data from trusted sources, but this does not mean that it is correct.
Intel is finally ready to release its desktop graphics cards. A link to Arc A3 maps appeared on the company’s website
Looks like Intel is finally ready to release its Arc discrete desktop graphics cards. Yesterday, a link appeared on the Intel site regarding the Arc A3 models.
True, the link itself did not lead anywhere, and it was later removed, but most likely this means that Intel is already preparing to launch.
In addition, this fact confirms the early data that it is the junior adapters that will be the first to enter the market, as is the case with mobile cards. AMD and Nvidia always do the opposite.
As a reminder, at first, Arc maps will appear only in China and only for PC builders. Then they will be available in retail, but again only for the Chinese market. And only sometime later this summer they will enter the global market, already together with older models.
Considering that the Radeon RX 7000 and GeForce RTX 40 graphics cards are due out in the second half of the year, and the first ones may appear in the fall, it is completely unclear how and with what Intel adapters will compete. In such a situation, the company will only have to significantly reduce prices.
As for the first models, they should be Arc A310 and A380 with 512 and 1024 cores, respectively.
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