The Consumer Electronics Show that takes place in Las Vegas is used by companies to showcase their latest consumer technology products and services such as electronics, hardware, home appliances and much more. AMD, Intel, Nvidia, and many others took advantage of the event to present their new products for PC lovers.
AMD announces new processors, mobile GPUs and Windows 11 laptops
AMD has introduced additions to the Ryzen 7000 desktop processor lineup with the new Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700 and Ryzen 5 7600, having the goal of delivering better gaming performance at lower power consumption. Built on the “Zen 4” architecture and with a TDP of 65W, the new Ryzen processors are optimized for both efficiency and performance.
In addition, 3D V-Cache technology has been introduced on its Ryzen 7000 desktop processors. Starting in February, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D, 7900X3D and 7800X3D processors will begin shipping and AMD will most likely regain the pinnacle of gaming performance.
The Ryzen 9 7950X3D will have up to 16 cores and 144 MB of cache. This CPU will have a boost clock of 5.7GHz, so the same maximum clock as the current Ryzen 9 7950X CPU, but the TDP has been reduced by 50W to 120W. The Ryzen 9 7900X3D with 12 cores will also be available. This CPU will have a boost of 5.6 GHz and 140 MB of total cache.
Finally, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D with 8 cores will have 104 MB of cache, boost clock at 5.0 GHz and TDP of 120W, so in this case it will be superior to the Ryzen 7 7700X (105W). AMD claims 21-30% higher performance at 1080p with high-quality presets in popular esports games.
As for mobile GPUs, AMD has unveiled a series of Radeon RX 7000 mobile graphics cards with RDNA 3 architecture. The Radeon RX 7600M XT and 7600M, both aimed at high-FPS 1080p gaming, debuted, and the RX 7700S / RX 7600S, aimed at thin and light notebooks. Three new SKUs have also been added to the RDNA 2 Radeon RX 6000M line: Radeon RX 6550M, Radeon RX 6450M and Radeon RX 6550S.
|Radeon RX 7600M XT
|Radeon RX 7600M
|Radeon RX 7700S
|Radeon RX 7600S
|Radeon RX 6550M
|Radeon RX 6450M
|Radeon RX 6550S
According to AMD, the Radeon RX 7600M XT is between 18% and 39% faster than the previous Radeon RX 6600M and between 7% and 37% faster than Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 for desktop.
In the world of mobile processors, the Ryzen 9 7945HX was announced: it provides 16 cores, 32 threads, 80 MB of L3+L2 cache and a boost clock of up to 5.4 GHz. It's a Ryzen 9 7950X with power limited to a laptop form factor and slightly lower clock speeds. But there are also three other models that include Ryzen 9 7845HX with 12 cores, Ryzen 7 7745HX with 8 cores and Ryzen 5 7645HX with 6 cores. These processors are designed to be paired with discrete graphics cards.
The first laptops to have the new hardware unveiled will be the Alienware Infinity m18 and m16, equipped with AMD Radeon RX 7600M XT GPUs, and the ASUS TUF Gaming A16 laptop, equipped with an AMD Radeon RX 7700S GPU.
Intel has announced a wide range of new 13th generation non-K Core CPU models for budget systems. These include standard models locked with integrated graphics, as well as F models without graphics, most of them with a 65W TDP. There is also the T series, which further reduces the TDP to 35W, although these components are intended mainly for pre-built.
For laptop processors, the HX 13th Gen series can support PCI Express Gen 5 x16 or 2x8, dual Thunderbolt 4 controllers, and up to 128 GB of RAM (DDR5-5600 or DDR4-3200). Plus, when more power is needed, dynamic overclocking is integrated with XMP 3.0 support.
New features include Wi-Fi 6E, with support for the Gig+ network, enhanced Wi-Fi that can connect to other Wi-Fi devices via Intel Double Connect, and next-generation Bluetooth LE for the best wireless audio.
Using the second iteration of Intel's hybrid core architecture, the new chips will deliver 11% better performance in single-thread and 49% better performance in multitasking.
H-series processors range from the highest-performing Intel Core i9 CPUs to the cheapest Core i3 models. But all H-series models will offer better performance than equivalent mainstream processors.
Intel has also introduced new N series processors, starting with the Intel Core i3 N series. Designed to take advantage of Intel's new architecture in terms of both performance and power, the new N series uses only Intel's efficiency cores, with no performance cores on the chip.
Nvidia continues on its path to graphics cards market stagnation
Nvidia has released the RTX 4070 Ti (formerly called 4080 12 GB) starting from $799, another graphics card that does not bring any “value proposition” for the end consumer, but continues to offer the same performance per dollar of previous generation cards released almost 3 years ago.
The new GPU comes with 7680 CUDA cores, with a base clock of 2310 MHz and a boost clock of 2610 MHz. The 12 GB of memory is GDDR6X at 21 Gbps and, with 192-bit memory bus bandwidth, will be just over 500 GB/s, a significant drop from the 716 GB/s of the RTX 4080 and its 256-bit interface.
For the mobile world, the NVIDIA RTX 40 series based on the Ada Lovelace architecture will feature fifth-generation Max-Q technologies, such as ultra-low-voltage GDDR6 memory. The architecture will also support the latest AI technologies, such as DLSS 3 upscaling.
The company is splitting the launch of its mobile GPUs into RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 GPUs for enthusiasts and RTX 4070, 4060 and 4050 for mid-level graphics.
The NVIDIA RTX 4090 Laptop GPU is equipped with an AD103 GPU with 9728 CUDA cores. This configuration is already used by the RTX 4080 desktop card.
The RTX 4080 GPU will feature the AD104 with 7424 CUDA cores and 12 GB of GDDR6 memory. Just like the RTX 4090, this model will also be stuck at 150W TGP, however the lower-level variant may appear with 60W TGP.
The NVIDIA RTX 4070 GPU for laptops will feature an AD106 GPU with 4608 CUDA cores, clocked at up to 2.175GHz. This card will operate in a range of 35W to 115W, and the same range will apply to RTX 4060 and RTX 4050 class laptops. The 4070 comes with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 128-bit memory bus, and again the same configuration is used by the RTX 4060.
The lowest level of RTX 40 Laptop GPU from NVIDIA will feature AD107 GPUs. The RTX 4060 will come with 3072 CUDA cores, while the RTX 4050 will debut with 2560 cores. The latter is equipped with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory and 96-bit memory bus.
The launch of the first laptops with this new generation of video cards is scheduled to start on February 8th.