Will fast, expensive SSDs become pointless for gamers? DirectStorage equalizes three generations of drives
DirectStorage technology seems to make it pointless to buy expensive modern SSDs for a gaming PC for the foreseeable future. Tests of three drives of different generations showed that the difference between them in this mode becomes not very significant.
Testing was conducted in the game Forspoken, which is the first and so far the only one with DirectStorage support. For testing, the authors of the Compussemble channel took three drives: Adata XPG SX8200 Pro (PCIe 3.0), Samsung 990 Pro (PCIe 4.0) and Phison E26 (PCIe 5.0).
As you can see, there is often no difference between SSDs. In total, for several downloads, it turns out that it is still there at least for the oldest SSD, but this is exactly the total. In each case, we are talking about a difference of a fraction of a second, half a second, or in extreme cases a little more than a second.
At the same time, a 1 TB Adata drive now costs only about $ 80, while for the Samsung model you need to pay about $ 170. There are very few PCIe 5.0 SSDs on the market yet, but the very noisy 2TB CFD Gaming model costs $385 in Japan.
Micron calls Crucial T700 world’s fastest SSD
Promotional materials for the Crucial T700 solid-state drive have been published on the Web. In them, Micron lists all the characteristics of the device and notes that the T700 is the fastest SSD on the planet.
Claimed sequential read and write speeds are 12,400 and 11,800 MB/s, respectively. The creators talk about two times the superiority of PCIe 4 SSDs and 22 times the superiority of SSDs with SATA interfaces.
The device uses 232-layer Micron memory and a Phison controller. Retail options will come with 1, 2 and 4 TB of flash memory. Interestingly, the T700 will have both a version with a heatsink (with advanced fins and no noisy fan) and a regular version without any cooling. One of the materials demonstrates very well what a cooling system is.
GeForce RTX 3050, which you can always take with you. ADLink Pocket AI external graphics card introduced
ADLink has expanded its range with an unusual device called Pocket AI. This is a portable video card in a very compact package.
Technically, this is a stripped-down mobile GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop, that is, we are talking about 2048 CUDA cores and 4 GB of memory, but the bus is halved to 64 bits.
At the same time, TGP is only 25 watts. True, despite this, the device still requires a power connection, although almost any charger with USB Power Delivery 3.0+ support will do here. Connection to a PC is implemented via Thunderbolt 3.
The dimensions of the novelty are 106 x 72 x 25 mm with a weight of 250 g, that is, you can easily take a 3D card with you if necessary.
The price is still unknown, and sales will begin in June.
Among the Radeon RX 7900 and GeForce RTX 40, there is no such offer. Radeon RX 6950 XT sells for just $656
All the latest news regarding the reduction in the price of AMD video cards concerned the latest RX 7900 models. Meanwhile, the previous generation sometimes looks more attractive. For example, the Radeon RX 6950 XT is currently on sale for just $656!
Apparently, this is the lowest price (or one of the lowest) for such an adapter since the release. Recall that the RX 6950 XT initially started at $1,100.
For $ 656 they give the XFX Speedster Merc 319. But this is in the USA, that is, the price is excluding taxes. In Europe, the cheapest option already with taxes is given for 720 euros, and this is the Sapphire Nitro card.
According to AMD itself, the RX 7900 XT is only 5-7% faster than the RX 6950 XT. At the same time, the cheapest RX 7900 XT will now cost $ 800. The GeForce RTX 40 line also does not offer similar price-performance ratios, since the RTX 4070 Ti will cost at least the same $ 800.
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