Our final GPU pricing update of the year brings interesting talk points after new GPUs have landed, how sales of the new graphics cards are going and how they have affected the broader GPU market.
We take fan favorite Ryzen 7 5800X3D and compare it head to head with the new Ryzen 5 7600X in over 50 games. Yes, the 5800X3D is impressive, but can it counter the advantage of going AM5?
The PC market has changed tremendously in the past few months. New Ryzen, Intel Core CPUs and high-end GPUs, so should you buy the latest and greatest, or settle for more affordable parts? In this PC Buying Guide update we've included four recommended component lists, meant for different budgets and purposes...
The big picture: By now, we are all familiar with the fact that TSMC is, by far, the most capable semiconductor manufacturer in the world, with all the entails for the industry and geopolitics. And as this reality sets in, many people have been asking us how did they get so good?
Recap: AMD launched the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT last Tuesday and all their regular board partners participated, bar one. MSI was conspicuously absent and has almost entirely ignored the new generation, prompting fans to ask when the company plans on releasing its custom designs for the GPUs.
Why it matters: An interesting article posted at WikiChip discusses the severity of SRAM shrinkage problems in the semiconductor industry. Manufacturer TSMC is reporting that its SRAM transistor scaling has completely flatlined to the point where SRAM caches are staying the same size on multiple nodes, despite logic transistor densities continuing to shrink. This is not ideal, and it will force processor SRAM caches to take up more space on a microchip die. This in turn could increase manufacturing costs of the chips and prevent certain microchip architectures from becoming as small as they could potentially be.
WTF?! We've seen plenty of reports about weak RTX 4080 sales, but is Nvidia's expensive Lovelace product really that unpopular? Not according to Newegg, whose list of top-selling graphics cards is topped by the RTX 4080. Amazon, however, has some very different figures.
The Radeon RX 7900 XT is a cut down version of the 7900 XTX. In terms of core and memory, the 7900 XT ends up roughly 85% that of the flagship model, but the problem ultimately is with pricing.