Hardware Week Recap (22) – Canard PC

Half Life 3 Confirmed (no).

We didn’t really want to believe it but it’s now confirmed (πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§), Nvidia will release RTX 2060 cards with 12 GB of GDDR6 memory. The specifications are ultimately very close to a 2060 Super, with the exception of the GDDR6 memory, which displays a speed of 14 Gbits per second on a 192-bit bus, coming from the classic 2060. Note that Nvidia will not offer models Founders Edition (contrary to the first information on the subject), but that several manufacturers of customs are on the ranks, like Gigabyte, or EVGA. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super was offered at the retail price of €430, but this new version should obviously be more expensive in practice. The final price will be announced this Tuesday, December 7, but it is already certain that the good father Jensen will not give us a gift (and the resellers even less). If the interest of this model is not obvious, Nvidia still seems to have a goal: to offer a card with decent performance without using Samsung’s production lines: the RTX 2000s indeed use the old 12 nm technology. from TSMC. In a similar vein (and although we don’t like rumors here), the GeForce RTX 3050 is expected to be announced at CES with a release sometime in January.

Oh Snap.

The American manufacturer Qualcomm has just announced (πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§) a new ARM SoC in its Snapdragon range, the G3x. Developed for the game ” high performance β€œ, the SoC does not reveal its real specifications for the moment, preferring to make the show by presenting its first development kit designed in partnership with Razer. In addition to the self-congratulations between the two partners, we still learn a little about this kit that looks like a portable console. A 6.65-inch Full HD + OLED screen, 10-bit HDR compatible and up to 120 Hz refresh rate, manages the display part. A surprising addition, the kit features a 1080p 60fps webcam with a 5-megapixel sensor, accompanied by two built-in microphones. To play without latency (if one day we can play with it), the kit offers a 5G mmWave connection and Wi-Fi 6E. The only relevant information on the SoC is that it embeds a Qualcomm Adreno GPU announcing a display ultra-smooth at 144 frames per second. No doubt this new beast will be reviewed in more detail at CES to be held in January 2022, as for the announcement of a Razer portable console, we will have to be patient, it would not be the first time that a concept is abandoned after a presentation at the show.

In the same vein, the brand also took the opportunity to announce a new nomenclature for its SoCs. In smartphones, therefore, the first representative will be the SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1 (we expect, as with Intel) a change of generation each year). For the CPU, facing the Snapdragon 888, it keeps the same 1+3+4 architecture with one Cortex X2 core (3 GHz), three Cortex A710 cores (2.5 GHz) and four Cortex A510 cores (1.8 GHz) , all coupled with 6 MB of cache. The graphics part is part of the Adreno range (unspecified) and support for 5G. For laptops, the brand announces the Snapdragon 8cx Gen. 3 and the 7c+ Gen. 3. The first goes to four Cortex X1 cores and four Cortex A78 cores (enough to significantly improve performance, without approaching the Apple M1), the second goes to four Cortex A78 cores and four Cortex A55 cores. A welcome change: the Snapdragon 7c Gen. 2, tested in the upcoming PC Hardware Duck, doesn’t really impress with its two Cortex A76 cores and six Cortex A55 cores.

Like your Desk.

Minisforum engineers are not idle since a new model of their mini-PC (πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§) has just been announced, the Deskmini TH50. Exit AMD which equipped their latest minimachines until then, it is an Intel Core i5 11320H 4 cores / 8 threads which will take up residence in the center of the new small box and will replace the TL50, another model offering Intel. The processor Tiger Lake-H will be accompanied by an Intel Iris Xe-LP graphics processor. The processor announces frequencies between 2.5 and 3.2 GHz in basic operation and up to 4.5 GHz in boosted mode, when the graphics chip will be clocked at 1.35 GHz for 80 execution units. The connection is as always quite provided by the manufacturer, since we will find two 2.5 Gb / s Ethernet ports, two USB 3.2 ports, two USB 2.0 as well as an HDMI and a DisplayPort on the back. The front is just as equipped since two other USB 3.2 ports and a Thunderbolt 4 come to keep the audio and microphone ports company. To obtain this box of 15 cm side by 5.5 cm high, it will be necessary to wait for a launch date and a price, which should be around 500 €.

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