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The XPG brand represents the XPG Atom series solid state drives. These are M.2 2280 size drives equipped with a PCIe interface. According to the manufacturer, they target users with varying needs and budgets. The series includes XPG Atom 30, 40 and 50 models.

The first two models are equipped with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface. They support NVMe 1.3 protocol. and provide sequential read speeds up to 2500 and 3500 MB / s. Sequential write speeds reach 2000 and 3000 MB / s, respectively. A distinctive feature of the Atom 50 model is the presence of a PCIe Gen4 x4 interface and support for the NVMe 1.4 protocol. This SSD offers read and write speeds up to 5000 and 4500 MB / s, respectively. It can be used as an additional storage device in the PS5 console.

SLC Caching and Host Memory Buffer technologies have been used in the drives to improve performance. In the case of the Atom 30, the read and write performance with random access in 4K blocks reaches 180,000 and 200,000 IOPS, respectively. In the case of the Atom 40, these figures reach 480,000 and 260,000 IOPS, respectively, and in the case of the Atom 50 – 440,000 and 400,000 IOPS.

The series includes drives up to 1 TB. They come with a five-year warranty.

The MSRP of the 250GB Atom 30 is $ 60, the 500GB $ 80, and the 1TB $ 140. The MSRP of the 512GB Atom 40 is $ 100, and the 1TB MSRP is $ 180. The MSRP of the 512GB Atom 50 is $ 120, and the 1TB MSRP is $ 180.

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AMD is asking $6,500 for its most powerful processor yet. Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 CPU Pricing Revealed

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AMD is asking 6500 for its most powerful processor yet

AMD has finally revealed the official prices for the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 processors. Recall that they are now available as part of ready-made workstations, but later this year they will also go to retail.

AMD is asking $6,500 for its most powerful processor yet.  Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 CPU Pricing Revealed

So, the prices for the CPU are as follows:

  • Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX – $6,500
  • Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5975WX – $3,300
  • Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5965WX – $2400

Thus, new items are significantly more expensive than their predecessors. For example, the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX started at $5,490, while the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3975WX was $2,750. There was no 24-core CPU in the previous line, so it will not work to compare prices here.

Also in the new line there are more models with 16 and 12 cores, but their prices have not yet been named.

Recall that the Ryzen Threadripper 5000 line is represented exclusively by Pro models. There will be no regular versions, but instead, the Pro models will go to retail and anyone can buy them.

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AMD’s revenue will be hit hard by the success of Intel’s new processors. Ryzen desktop CPU sales to fall 26% year-on-year

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Analysts at Morgan Stanley believe that AMD’s revenue from the sale of desktop processors will fall by a considerable 26% by the end of the year.

AMD's revenue will be hit hard by the success of Intel's new processors.  Ryzen desktop CPU sales to fall 26% year-on-year

There are several reasons for this. First, the success of competing Intel Alder Lake processors. Secondly, and directly related to the first point, AMD’s lack of new desktop processors in 2022. The current Ryzen 5000s have been out for over a year and a half, and while they compete quite well with Intel’s new products, AMD still needs to cut prices. Thirdly, the market as a whole is also to blame, in which there is a drop in demand.

In the second half of the year, AMD will release completely new Ryzen 7000 CPUs, but for most of the year AMD has to make do with old processors, so the new ones simply do not have time to offset the drop in sales as a whole for the year. However, already in 2023, analysts expect AMD’s revenue to decline by only 2%.

At the same time, we can recall that AMD continues to increase its share in the processor market, that is, its sales are generally growing.

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New Intel video driver gets support for Arc A770M and A550M 3D cards

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New Intel video driver gets support for Arc A770M and

Intel has released new beta drivers for Intel Arc Alchemist Discrete Desktop and Mobile GPUs and 12th Gen Intel Xe-LP Integrated Graphics. One of the innovations there was support for mid-range and high-end A770M and A550M gaming graphics cards, which may indicate their imminent appearance on the market.

New Intel video driver gets support for Arc A770M and A550M 3D cards

In addition, Intel has made it possible to disable built-in performance optimizations for applications. At the moment, the drivers are optimized for the 3DMark Timespy and Port Royale test applications, so the video cards show their power well in them. However, for the same reason, these data are not included in the overall statistics of the UL Benchmarks organization.

There is also support for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, F1 2022 and Arcadegeddon as part of the Game On program. And in some games, bugs have been fixed. The list of projects with fixes looks like this:

  • Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition (DX12);
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (DX12);
  • F1 2020 (DX12);
  • Crossfire (DX9);
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 (DX11);
  • The Sims 4 (DX9);
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (DX12).

Earlier it became known that a discrete Intel graphics card can also be “registered” in the Ayaneo Next II portable console. True, that will most likely be Arc A350M or A370M.

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