Assemble that Passes # 274

Assemble that Passes # 274
Assembla che ti Passa is a weekly column that collects the main news related to PC gaming hardware and offers three configurations, divided by price ranges, designed for those who want to assemble or update their machine. As usual, suggestions are welcome and corrections welcome, as long as the tones are adequate. Another tip is to read the paragraphs presenting the configurations before you do battle in the comments.

The event of the week is AMD's big comeback in the high-end graphics card segment with a double card which, destined to be followed by an even more powerful model arriving on December 8, focuses on brute power by guaranteeing a high ratio between the framerate in standard rendering and the price. Therefore excellent for those who do not look at ray tracing and aim for low and medium resolutions with very high framerates, where even the lack of DLSS in games supported by NVIDIA technology has a lower impact. However, this is felt in 4K and becomes vital when Ultra HD combines ray tracing which is more difficult to digest for the dedicated hardware of the Radeon RX 6000 cards. However, it must be said that in titles like Godfall and DIRT 5 the results they are good, a sign that FidelityFX optimization and technologies have a significant impact on performance. Also on the horizon are the arrival of the ray tracing evolution of the Vulkan libraries, an environment in which the Radeons enjoy an extra boost, and the Super Resolution technology based on artificial intelligence that despite the lack of dedicated hardware to machine learning promises to give a further boost to AMD cards, as we have said strong of a remarkable brute power that gives hope for considerable room for improvement.

In addition, the Radeon RX 6000 can draw on the Smart Access Cache and the RX 6800 XT and 6900 XT also have Rage Mode available, a system overclock that underlines the advantages of producing both their own CPUs and their GPUs. This is provided that you can buy one of the Ryzen 5000 series processors and have a B550 or X570 motherboard. However, it is not necessary to have one to enjoy the new AMD CPUs, as promised also compatible with X470 motherboards and also with some B450 motherboards considered worthy of receiving the BIOS update necessary to make Zen 3 processors work. they have already received it and they are various ASRock models among which we find almost all the Pro 4, two Fatality, three Steel Legend and even very cheap models Like the B450M-HDV and the B450-HDV R4.0.

The Radeon RX 6800 XT, however, is a great overclocking card, no matter what system you install it on, as demonstrated by the Lucky_n00b overclocker of which hit 2650MHz, with a noticeable 2250MHz factory boost. , using the stock cooler. Enough to beat the score of an ASUR ROG Strix RTX 3090 OC in FireStrike, albeit by a whisker, setting a new record with 47932 points in the graphic voice. Not bad for a 680 euro card that is certainly not without flaws, especially for those aiming at 4K with active ray tracing, but also the perfect testimonial for the clear step forward in terms of optimization and cooling of the RDNA 2 series. And it is a brick for the future, given AMD's intention to relaunch in a not-too-long timeframe with a series of RDNA 3 GPUs that promises another 50% improvement in efficiency. We therefore expect another clear leap in terms of power which we presume will be accompanied by a greater push on ray tracing and the availability of an upscaling based on artificial intelligence.

At the moment, however, the NVIDIA offer is more complete and far-sighted thanks to the DLSS that enjoys a continuously increasing support and guarantees much wider room for maneuver, allowing you to enjoy ray tracing even in 4K. Also on the horizon there is also the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti which, already unveiled almost officially by some retailers and apparently arriving on December 2, will presumably be destined to end up at around 400 euros in price with performance superior to an RTX. 2080 Super. The rumors speak of a launch soon and this means that in the mid-range it will be the only option for some time, with which would give the card a nice advantage as long as there is sufficient availability. NVIDIA has in fact confirmed, at least for the RTX 3000 already on the market, that the number of cards produced will not be sufficient to meet demand until the first months of 2021, making real the concerns of those who have waited just this fall to change PC and not. managed to grab one of the few cards in circulation. But this is a very widespread problem.

Few GeForces, few Radeons, few Ryzen 5000 and few consoles are the mantra of an exciting autumn for news but crowded and in any case characterized by a very high demand, also due to the enclosure from Covid-19 which also falls among the reasons for production difficulties. It is useless to complain, therefore, hoping to be able to buy the object of our desire as soon as possible, perhaps by the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. Those who have a good connection, however, have the possibility of using GeForce Now to play the CD Project title. with ray tracing to the max, even from an old computer, from a tablet and soon also on Safari for iOS, with support coming through a dedicated Chromebook-style webpage, which will also allow NVIDIA to bring Fortnite back to Apple devices. It could therefore give a vigorous push to the streaming game service, which many have snubbed due to the need to buy games, but which is constantly evolving in terms of technology and number of games supported, reaching 750.

Budget configuration

The budget configuration is the one aimed at saving but it is not certain that there is no room for the upgrade where interesting prospects arise. Proposals in this bracket include solutions designed for low-tech gaming and 1080p-oriented builds.

2020 has seen a lot of interesting stuff coming, all hard to find due to the combination of very high demand and a dramatic world situation. Just think of the difficulties in finding processors that have been around for some time such as the Ryzen 3 3100 and the Ryzen 3300X, among the best options for the low end. The Ryzen 3 9100F, however, still guarantees good performance in the game for a very minimal expense.

Before seeing new GPUs designed for the low end we will have to wait until 2021. On the other hand, when new technology arrives, the production lines are reserved for models that are coveted by early adopters, often willing to spend substantial sums to get the video card they want. But the GeForce GTX 1650 Super still offers a safe haven, at least for the moment given the upward trend in the prices of cheaper models.

BUDGET Component Price PROCESSOR Core i3-9100F 3.6- 4.2 GHz 90,00 € MSI B365M PRO-VH MOTHERBOARD 60,00 € EVGA VIDEO CARD GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER SC ULTRA GAMING 4GB 185,00 € RAM G.Skill Aegis 2x8GB 3200MHz CL16 65,00 € EVGA POWER SUPPLY 450 BR 80+ Bronze 45,00 € HARD DISK Kingston A400 480GB SATA III 45,00 € CASE Kolink Nimbus RGB Mid Tower 50,00 € TOTAL 540,00 €

Gaming configuration

In the gaming range of usually you will find those components that allow you to face the game on the PC without fear and to hold on for some time. The frame rate showdown is just around the corner but, with a good foundation, it's always possible to sell the old GPU before it devalues ​​too much so you can buy a new one just in time to take on the next hardware smashing blockbuster.

This week, thanks to the high prices and the scarce availability of the Ryzen 5 5600X, we return to an option of the competition, however, able to guarantee excellent performance in the game and more than enough power for a mid-range configuration. Let's talk about the Core i5-10400F, among the most interesting of the recent Intel offer thanks to the adoption of Hyper-Threading and the excellent price.

At this point in the mid-range we are waiting for the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which leads us to strongly advise against the purchase of a video card before the arrival of one that will probably remain the only novelty in this segment for a few weeks, or even months. In the meantime, we put a classic RX 5600 XT as placeholder, almost obligatory given the price increases on the RTX 2060.

GAMING Component Price PROCESSOR Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9-4.2GHz 170.00 € MOTHERBOARD ASROCK B460M Steel Legend 120,00 € VIDEO CARD Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB 315,00 € RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB 3200MHz CL16 70,00 € POWER SUPPLY FSP Hydro PRO 600W 80+ Bronze 75,00 € HARD DISK Samsung 860 Evo 500GB SATA III 60,00 € CASE Corsair R275 Tempered Glass Mid Tower 80.00 € TOTAL 890.00 €

Extra configuration

The pushed configuration makes sense only for those who aim for high resolutions , aware that luxury often does not go hand in hand with rationality. On the other hand, let's face it, who doesn't like having a nice engine under the hood even if you have to respect the speed limit?

Less overpriced and slightly easier to find than the Ryzen 5 5600X, the Ryzen 7 5800X suffers from the lack of the heatsink in a still gaming range which leads the price to be already base higher than we would have hoped. but it is still an excellent gaming choice thanks to the impressive leap of the Zen 3 architecture and the 8 cores, the same as the new generation consoles destined to serve as reference hardware for many games.

Calm is still still a must in the high-end and not only because of the availability almost nothing. Between now and 2021 we could in fact see the arrival of an RTX 3080 Ti and discover new things about the Radeon RX that suffer from ray tracing in 4K but have brute power in quantity. In the meantime we return to give space to the RTX 3080, hoping to have news about the FE, which occasionally appears, sometimes with excessive prices, sometimes with almost affordable prices.

EXTRA Component Price PROCESSOR Ryzen R7 5800X 3.7-4.7GHz 560,00 € HEAT SINK Scyte Mugen 5 TUF 70,00 € ASUS TUF X570-PLUS MOTHERBOARD 200,00 € VIDEO CARD MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ventus OC 10GB 870,00 € RAM G. Skill Trident Z RGB 2x16GB DDR4 3600MHz CL16 190,00 € ANTEC POWER SUPPLY HCG-850 80+ Gold 130,00 € HARD DISK Sabrent Rocket PCIe 4.0 1TB M.2 185,00 € CASE Asus TUF-GT501 Mid Tower 160,00 € TOTAL 2365.00 €

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