Assemble Hand # 280

Assemble Hand # 280
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. A further tip is to read the paragraphs that present the configurations before giving battle in the comments.

Also in this early 2021 we find ourselves talking about the next GeForce RTX 3000 which will inevitably include models designed for mobile. We have known this for some time and we also find confirmation of it in the extended specifications of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GA15 GA503QS laptop where, however, a potentially interesting detail also stands out. Next to the entry GeForce RTX 3080 listed in the configuration we find in fact the mention of 16 GB of memory, presumably as a function of a laptop that also points to good performance in the professional field. On the other hand, it also mounts a valid Ryzen 7 5800HS and has an introductory price, at least on Amazon China, of around $ 2270.

The interesting data, however, remains the memory whose quantity, if confirmed, would be a confirmation of the arrival of models with double the memory presumably designed for the creator segment. Even for models without double memory, however, the GPU should not change and in the case of the mobile RTX 3080, given the amount of memory, it would seem to be the GA104 chip, or that of the RTX 3070 even if presumably in a completely unlocked version, with all the 6144 CUDA cores active against the 5888 of the desktop RTX 3070. It could therefore give great satisfaction, guaranteeing enough power to play in 1440p at high refresh, without compromise and with all the joys of ray tracing.

Enough to ensure some longevity even if the Ampere GPUs may leave the field sooner than expected. In fact, on the horizon we can already see the silhouettes of the GeForce RTX 4000 based on the Lovelace architecture, apparently in charge of responding to the paw of AMD waiting for the future NVIDIA Hopper GPUs that should follow the path of the chiplet, such as the future GPUs of which AMD has just filed the patent. But the complexity of this new approach would seem to be the reason for a delay which, according to rumors, led to the need to create a middle architecture, presumably similar to the first two RTX architectures, which however promises a real imperative leap in terms of power. brute. We talked about it in a full-bodied special where the alleged specifications stand out starting from 5 nanometers to get to 18432 CUDA cores, a huge number considering that in this case we are talking about an actual increase in cores compared to the previous generation. We are talking about a 71% increase over the full-power GA102 GPU, with an estimated 66 TFLOP of power assuming a frequency of 1.8 GHz. In short, enough for ultra-high refresh 4K and to set foot in 8K. Of course it seems strange that NVIDIA is working to annihilate the current generation, however characterized by a good leap in performance compared to the previous one, but it is possible that such a move is necessary to stem the AMD cards based on RDNA 3 architecture that promise a leap in the 'efficiency of 50%, upscaling based on artificial intelligence and greater firepower in terms of ray tracing, suggesting a very high brute power, given the already remarkable field of RDNA 2 GPUs. Hence the need to have in reed something equally surprising, although probably set to be released in several months.

In fact, at the moment both AMD and NVIDIA have yet to deploy the entire arsenal of newly launched video cards which should guarantee all the necessary power titles coming in the near future, almost all inevitably developed with the newly released consoles in mind. There is room instead for new processors, given the need for Intel to respond to the assault brought by AMD with its Ryzen 5000. Hence yet another 14 nanometer architecture which, however, as we have seen, promises efficiency and good leap into the IPC, but renouncing models above 8 cores. This will in fact be the equipment of the Core i9-11900K, the king of the Rocket Lake-S CPU family apparently arriving in March which has already appeared in the past weeks in the Geekbench databases and returned to greet us for the New Year through an interesting benchmark of CPU-Z. The stolen shot shows a score of 695.4 points in single thread mode, with a speed of 3% faster than that of the expensive Ryzen 9 5950X. In multi-core instead we find a value of 6522.1 points which are lower than the approximately 6700 of a Ryzen 7 5800X, equally equipped with 8 cores and 16 threads, highlighting a possible inferiority in terms of scaling. But we are talking about a sample that could run at an "all core" frequency not yet definitive and that in any case shows a possible increase in terms of IPC of 19%, the same as the Ryzen 5000 compared to the Ryzen 3000. Not bad for a middle architecture which among other things will close an era.

For the future we are talking about drastic changes both for the AMD Ryzen processors and for the Intel Core, which appeared unexpectedly on Geekbench despite the fact that there is probably at least a year left to launch. As usual, the tireless @TUM_APISAK who found the first traces of the Alder Lake-S CPUs was faced with hybrid processors, composed of 8 Gracemont cores without Hyper-Threading and 8 Golden Cove cores with Hyper-Threading. Particular, therefore, and presumably designed to guarantee both power and versatility, while closing the gap in terms of maximum cores in the desktop sector compared to AMD. But for now they are undoubtedly still in embryonic form. The sample with 16 cores and 24 threads popped up on Geekbench was in fact run at just 1.4 GHz of base clock on an internal platform with LGA 1700 chipset and 16 GB of RAM, it is not known whether DDR4 or DDR5. It is therefore not surprising to have very low scores with 996 points in single core and 6931 points in multi-core which undoubtedly do not correspond to the power of the chips that will arrive on the market.

Budget configuration

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

The new year begins in the name of immobility, in the hope that the Befana not only take away the holidays but also this panorama made of components that cannot be found or sold at inflated prices even in the low range, where there are not even new releases to justify the situation.

In any case, the combination between Ryzen 5 1600 AF and GeForce GTX 1650 Super guarantees a good price / performance ratio, although a Ryzen 3 3100 is obviously preferable, thinking about gaming in 1080p. It is not certain that the processor will be available again soon, but it might make sense to wait also given the possible arrival in the short term of new low-end GeForce and Radeon, characterized by a decidedly high power.

BUDGET Component Price PROCESSOR AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF 3.4-3.9 GHz 125.00 € MSI B450M Pro-M2 MAX MOTHERBOARD 70.00 € EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC ULTRA GAMING 4GB VIDEO CARD 185.00 € G.Skill RAM Aegis 2x8GB 3200MHz CL16 70,00 € POWER SUPPLY EVGA 450 BR 80+ Bronze 45,00 € HARD DISK Kingston A400 480GB SATA III 50,00 € CASE Kolink Nimbus RGB Mid Tower 50,00 € TOTAL 595,00 €

Gaming Configuration

In the gaming segment there are usually 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.

After raising the bar for New Year's Eve, let's go back to sobriety in this 2021 with the classic Core i5-10400F, definitely more performing than the 9400 thanks to the implementation of Hyper-Threading and undoubtedly able to guarantee excellent in-game performance. Sure, it lacks overclocking and in terms of raw power it loses compared to the Ryzen 5 3600, but it costs less than 160 euros.

The only new generation option that falls into the gaming segment, albeit with some effort given the price base and price increases, it is the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti that remains difficult to find. But digging it is found, although in these days the international prices have however risen by a few euros as often happens in the holidays for products in demand but with limited availability.

GAMING Component Price PROCESSOR Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9-4.3GHz 155,00 € ASUS PRIME B460M-PLUS MOTHERBOARD 115,00 € VIDEO CARD ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge 8GB 540,00 € RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB 3200MHz CL16 70,00 € POWER SUPPLY FSP Hydro PRO 600W 80+ Bronze 65,00 € HARD DISK Samsung 860 Evo 500GB SATA III 65,00 € CASE Empire Gaming Diamond ARGB Mid Tower 75.00 € TOTAL 1085.00 €

Extra configuration

The configuration push 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?

If the Ryzen 5600X is still subject to disproportionate price increases, the Ryzen 7 5800X has finally arrived at an acceptable price, albeit still high compared to the recommended one. But as we well know, it guarantees excellent gaming performance and an overall power undoubtedly equal to a high-end configuration.

Unfortunately, the high-end video card segment is the most problematic one at the moment, with very high prices high and very few pieces available. For this reason, the advice is to be patient a little longer to avoid buying new cards at excessive prices or old cards in the process of being devalued. Trying, however, the GeForces are less overpriced than the unobtainable Radeons, although it is still better to wait until the end of the holidays to avoid the Christmas price increase that adds weight to the price.

EXTRA Component Price PROCESSOR Ryzen R9 5800X 3.8-4.7GHz 515,00 € HEAT SINK Noctua NH-D15 Chromax Black 100,00 € MOTHERBOARD Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE 195,00 € VIDEO CARD ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming 10 GB 895,00 € RAM Crucial Ballistix 2x16GB DDR4 3600MHz CL16 185,00 € ANTEC POWER SUPPLY HCG-850 80+ Gold 130,00 € HARD DISK Corsair Force MP600 M.2 PCIe 4.0 1 TB 195,00 € CASE Corsair Obsidian 500D Mid Tower 165,00 € TOTAL 2380.00 €

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