No more Ballistix RAM, AMD challenges Intel, Cyberpunk 2077 on PS5 and launch of ROG Phone 5s
Intel is being challenged by AMD, Ballistix RAM is offically retiring, ROG 5s launched in India and more
Many of you have heard and also probably used Crucial Ballistix RAM in your system. Yes, that’s not going to be a thing anymore. Micron (parent company of Crucial) has officially retired the Ballistix moving forward.
The 6000 series AMD Ryzen processors will start appearing in laptops and seem to be ways ahead in the integrated graphics performance and seriously challenging Intel’s 12th gen laptop processors.
A few laptop launches, new mobile launches and a couple of gaming news. Let’s go over them.
Most awaited Intel’s Arc GPUs are officially coming out in Q2 2022 and Intel’s roadmap revealed
People are eagerly waiting for Intel’s line of GPUs and the company initially planned to bring out them in Q1 of 2022.
Following Intel’s Investor Meeting, Intel has put out the timeline for their Arc GPUs release. They have also revealed a roadmap for their upcoming generation of GPUs.
Arc GPUs for laptops will come in Q1, pretty soon, and the launch of discrete GPUs for desktops will follow suit in Q2 of 2022. Q3 will see the release of Arc GPUs for the workstations.
Additionally, Intel has also announced that they are working on their third-gen GPUs codenamed “Celestial” that is aimed towards the ultra-enthusiast segment.
Intel’s roadmap is laid out for the next 3-4 years and is looking to capture each segment every year. The first-gen which is bound to come out this year is called “Alchemist” and the next generation is codenamed “Battlemage”.
Intel has officially claimed that they will be releasing millions of GPUs to help gamers and people are hopeful that this will help normalise the absurd prices of GPUs.
Garena Free Fire, Applock and 52 more Chinese apps have been banned in India owing to security threat
The Indian government have banned a number of Chinese apps, nearly 300, in the past which posed a security threat. Now a fresh list of 54 apps includes the very popular mobile game, Garena Free Fire.
The government issued this statement following the ban. “In addition, there are other serious concerns as some of these apps can carry out Espionage and Surveillance activities via camera/ mic, accessing fine location (GPS) and do malicious network activity similar to previously blocked apps. These apps were allegedly engaged in activities prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of the country also posing a serious threat to Security of the State and defence of India.”
Intel in trouble; Ryzen 6000 series, Zen3+, laptop processors are here and they look mighty impressive
AMD had announced its Zen 3+ processors, codenamed “Rembrandt”, during the CES 2022 in January. Since then, we have been patiently waiting for it shown on laptops and here they are.
Over 200 new laptop models will be announced with AMD’s Ryzen 6000 series in 2022. AMD claims that the 6000 series will see a 1.3X CPU performance and 2X GPU performance compared to the 5000 series mobile processors.
The Zen 3+ is manufactured on the TSMC 6nm FinFET process which will greatly improve its efficiency.
AMD has announced four categories of Ryzen 6000 CPUs.
-HX for “Ultra-enthusiasts” segment with TDP > 45 W
-H for Mainstream and Gaming segment with TDP of 45W
-HS for Slim and Lightweight Gaming segment with TDP capped at 35W
-U for Productivity and Ultraportable segment with TDP of 15-28W
One of the biggest improvements is the move to RDNA2 for integrated graphics. This will put a huge gap between AMD and Intel in terms of integrated graphics performance. This will hugely benefit the lightweight and productivity laptops.
The shift to RDNA2 has also brought changes to the iGPU models and nomenclature.
The Ryzen 7 and 9 processors will feature Radeon 680M integrated graphics which will have 12 Render Units at 2400 MHz clock speed.
The Ryzen 5 processors will feature Radeon 660M integrated graphics which will have 6 Render Units at 1900 MHz clock speed.
The performance of an integrated GPU coming close to a discrete GPU is super impressive! Although it can’t quite catch up with raw performance, it can get some boost with AMD’s FSSR and the Radeon Super Resolution (upscaling technology).
In terms of CPU performance, its own comparison has shown Intel’s 12th-gen 12900HK outperforming 6900HS in Cinebench but AMD claims that it has much better performance per Watt, at 35W, compared to 110W.
Historically, thin and ultra-portable laptops have been dominated by Intel processors and now AMD wants to take a big pie out of the “lightweight” and “ultra-portable” segments.
With the new generation, AMD will support DDR5 memory, USB4 at 40GBps, Wi-Fi 6e and Bluetooth LE 5.2. There’s also the support for AV1 decode with Display Port 2.1 and HDMI 2.1.
The USB4 should function similarly to Thunderbolt. It will support charging, video output and External GPU.
Cyberpunk 2077 now supports AMD FSSR and get next-gene update for PS5 and Xbox Series S/X
Patch 1.5 is a major update that will include support for AMD FSSR, gameplay improvements and next-gen improvements for PS5 and Xbox Series S/X.
The improvements for the console include ray tracing support, 4K resolution with dynamic scaling, visual improvements, faster loading times and other technical improvements.
On the PS5, the updates will feature support for haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and speakers on the DualSense controller.
The support for FSSR will allow older hardware to play the game at respectable frames. Even with GTX 1050Ti, you can play Cyberpunk at low-medium settings.
Foxconn partners with Vedanta Group to manufacture chips in India
Foxconn, the largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple supplier, is looking to diversify its business amid the global chip shortage.
Foxconn has signed an MoU with Vedanta Group to make semiconductors which will give a significant boost to the domestic manufacturing of electronics. It also aligns with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create an ecosystem for semiconductor manufacturing in India.
Foxconn has said that it will invest $118.7 million to set up a joint venture where Foxconn will hold 40% of the venture’s shares.
The ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro launched in India with an upgrade in the processor. The new refresh of the ROG Phone 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 888+ and comes with a few updates over the ROG 5 and ROG 5 Pro.