One of the biggest PC hardware releases of the year so far was AMD’s Threadripper 3990X processor – the first one in history that can run Crysis with no need for a GPU. While running a video game released in 2007 may not sound like a major achievement in gaming, the fact that it takes AMD’s 64-core monster to do so without the help of a dedicated graphics processor does say something about how demanding it can be. And the game is not even very playable…
The Threadripper 3990X is certainly something to be excited about – and it has the price tag to match: it costs around £3,300, more than your average gaming PC. It is certainly the best single-socket consumer processor money can buy today. But it won’t be for long, considering how fierce the competition is between processor manufacturers. So, let’s take a look at some of the more serious toys and gadgets for grown-ups (and kids, I guess) set to be released in the rest of the year.
Nvidia Ampere (RTX 3000)
The ongoing pandemic has made its presence felt in all areas – GPU releases are not an exception. Nvidia had to delay the release of its upcoming graphics processors by a few weeks – instead of presenting it last month, the manufacturer’s upcoming RTX 3000 series will only see the light of day in September. Hopefully, we’ll beat it to that.
The RTX 3000 series is indeed something to be excited about: the Ampere architecture takes the evolutionary step to 7 nanometers and promises performance hikes of up to 75% compared to the current generation. According to insiders over at TweakTown, Nvidia plans to unveil its new graphics cards in August, followed by a full presentation and launch at the rescheduled Computex 2020 in September.
AMD Zen 3 (Ryzen 4xxx)
We didn’t even have the time to recover by the shock caused by the Threadripper 3990X, AMD already prepares something even more exciting for us: a new line of processors (probably named Ryzen 4xxx) to be presented later in the year.
The new Zen 3 architecture promises to increase the IPC (Instructions per cycle) of the new series by up to 15% per thread compared to the previous generation. There is little more than rumours to be known about the upcoming processor series – and we might not see hard facts about it until this autumn.
The highlight of the year from a console gamer’s point of view will definitely be the release of the two upcoming gaming consoles from the two major names dominating the market: Sony and Microsoft.
The two upcoming consoles – the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X – will have the same basic configuration: Zen 2 CPUs, Navi 2x GPUs, hardware support for ray-tracing, and similar goodies. Both of them will be powerful, flashy, and filled with flashy exclusive Triple-A games, which makes them all the more exciting.
Both big names have told us to brace for their new and improved consoles’ releases before the end of the year – let’s hope their plans won’t be altered by the ongoing pandemic.