As you know, Steam Deck is positioned by Valve not only as a game console, but also as a full-fledged portable PC. And the Radeon RX 6900 XT has already been connected to this PC.
To begin with, it should be noted that it is impossible to simply take and connect a discrete 3D card to the console, since the latter does not have a Thunderbolt port. But inside there is a PCIe slot for an M.2 SSD. And it is to it that, using a special adapter, you can connect a video card, powered by an external power supply. At the same time, the console system needs to be transferred to microSD, but this is not a problem for the experiment.
So how much has the performance increased? In 3DMark Fire Strike we are talking about 26,885 points against 4856 points that the console itself is gaining. That is an increase of about 5.5 times. In TimeSpy, an external graphics card allows you to increase performance by an order of magnitude: from 1576 to 15,579 points!
In games, the eGPU console handles projects even at 4K resolution. In The Witcher 3, she demonstrates more than 100 fps, in GTA 5 – an average of 73 fps. In Elden Ring and Cyberpunk 2077, the console showed 47-70 fps, but already in Full HD.
Of course, this is purely an experiment, and it is unlikely that anyone will want to use such a bunch. In addition, only Radeon video cards can now be connected to Steam Deck.
GeForce RTX 4090 – the people’s flagship? The video card has already entered the top 70 most popular video cards among Steam users
In the statistics of the most popular video cards of the Steam service for January of this year, the GeForce RTX 4090 was first noted – and it immediately took 69th place. It would seem that this is not the most significant result, but everything is known in comparison: the GeForce RTX 4090 immediately outperformed the Radeon RX 6900 XT, although it has been on sale for only a few months, unlike the ex-flagship AMD.
The situation is even more revealing if we take into account that there is no GeForce RTX 4080 in the ranking. Perhaps the rumors that the GeForce RTX 4080 is nowhere near as popular as its “big sister” are not rumors at all. There is no GeForce RTX 4070 Ti in the rating yet, but this card is very actively sold at least in Europe, so its appearance in the statistics is only a matter of time.
And the Steam statistics are headed by old acquaintances – the GeForce GTX 1650, GeForce GTX 1060 and the mobile GeForce RTX 3060. Moreover, the first one even gained a little audience since December last year.
The smallest PC based on AMD R7 6800U is presented. Ayaneo Air Plus looks like Nintendo Switch OLED
Ayaneo has announced a new Air Plus laptop based on AMD R7 6800U, equipped with a 6-inch 1080p screen. The device is very similar to the Nintendo Switch OLED handheld console.
The 6-inch Ayaneo Air Plus is almost the same size as the 7-inch Switch OLED. Ayaneo Air Plus is currently the smallest AMD R7 6800U-based portable device with a 6-inch screen, according to the official statement from the developers.
The device is equipped with a fingerprint sensor and has a 46.2 mAh battery, as well as a USB4 connector. The power consumption of the device reaches 28 watts. An external video card is also supported. In addition, this laptop will also be available with Intel i3-1215U and AMD 7020 series (Mendocino) processors.
The Ayaneo Air Plus laptop is expected to be available for sale soon.
Sales of Xbox and Microsoft games sank. The company reported for the next financial quarter
Microsoft has published a report on the results of the second quarter of fiscal year 2023.
The company’s revenue rose 2% to $52.7 billion, while net income fell 12% to $16.4 billion.
This is far from Microsoft’s best quarter. These results are due to several reasons. First, there is a decline in revenue from manufacturers of laptops with Windows and PC sales in the market as a whole. Secondly, sales of Microsoft devices sank by a considerable 39%.
Also not the best way to feel in the last quarter and the gaming division of the company. In general, the Xbox division was marked by a decrease in revenue. Game sales fell by 13%, hardware sales fell by the same amount, that is, primarily consoles, and revenue from services and services decreased by 12%.
At the same time, Microsoft notes the further growth of the Game Pass service, but, as always, does not name the number of users and revenue.
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