Two days left before the sales of GeForce RTX 4080 graphics gas pedal on Ada Lovelace architecture, and Chinese enthusiasts already started to publish first reviews of novelty in circumvention of NVIDIA ban.For example, performance data was shared by Big Hardware Player user on Bilibili platform.Previously, he was one of the first to publish reviews GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti generation Ampere.Image source: NVIDIAChinese enthusiast did not specify the manufacturer tested GeForce RTX 4080, but pointed out that the graphics card is equipped with a dual BIOS.In one case, the maximum TDP of the novelty is set at a nominal value of 320 watts.The second firmware increases the maximum TDP of the graphics card to 450W.The second BIOS the Chinese enthusiast used to test the power efficiency. Source images here and below: Bilibili / Big Hardware PlayerThe GeForce RTX 4080's gaming tests used Forza Horizon 5, Cyberpunk 2077, Borderland 3, Total War Troy and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.Below is the average performance of the new gas pedal against the GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. In gaming benchmarks, the GeForce RTX 4080 averaged 19% faster than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and about 23% slower than the GeForce RTX 4090.Note that GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti were tested on a DDR5-6800 PC, whereas GeForce RTX 4080 were tested on a DDR5-6200 system.However, in both cases the test platform was based on the flagship Intel Core i9-13900K processor. GeForce RTX 4080 in Cyberpunk 2077 GeForce RTX 4080 in Forza Horizon 5 GeForce RTX 4080 in Shadow of the Tomb Raider In 3DMark the new GeForce RTX 4080 is 25% faster than GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and 21% slower than the new flagship GeForce RTX 40 series. Performance of GeForce RTX 4080 in synthetic 3DMark testsThe most interesting detail of an early review of GeForce RTX 4080 graphics gas pedal were the results of energy efficiency measurements.For this test Chinese reviewer used BIOS with inflated to 450W TDP value. Power consumption of GeForce RTX 4080 in synthetic benchmarksTests showed that the card is close to its maximum performance already at 280W. GeForce RTX 4080 gaming power consumptionGaming power consumption of GeForce RTX 4080 can be reduced even further, to nearly 260W.Increased power consumption does not bring gas pedal significant performance boost, at least in tests in 4K resolution.Video review of GeForce RTX 4080 by Chinese enthusiast can be found here.The video card will go on sale on November 16.
Infinix INBOOK X2 (XL21) laptop review: when cheap is not bad
The emergence of new players in mobile computing is an uncommon phenomenon these days.As a rule, companies, which have a hand in smartphones and tablets, decide to try their forces as laptop producers, and sometimes they achieve major success.Hong Kong-based Infinix is known for mobile gadgets, but its lineup also includes smart TVs and, more recently, laptops.Last year Infinix introduced its first series of mobile PCs, the INBOOK X1 Pro, and now it has added a more affordable, or should I say \"extremely affordable\", model X2 to its catalog.This is the first Infinix laptop available on the Russian market, the X1 model has not reached us. ⇡#Technical specifications, pricesInfinix INBOOK X2 obviously does not pretend to high performance, because it is based on 10th generation Intel Core platform, while the vast majority of Intel laptops now use chips of 11th generation, and some have already moved to the 12th.Infinih offers three configurations of the central processor: quad Core i5 and Core i7 or dual core Core i3.The last option should certainly be considered only if the laptop will serve as a typewriter, and no more, and as the OS is better to install Linux instead of the more demanding to resources Windows.Discrete GPU in INBOOK X2 no, and the power integrated into the Intel Ice Lake chips enough only for the most sparing games and simple projects in the working applications.The amount of RAM is 8 or only 4 GB.The latter is already a rarity these days, but opens up an additional opportunity to save money if the computer requires an absolute minimum of performance.According to the description on the manufacturer's website there is a variant with 16 GB of RAM, but it will not be available in Russia.ManufacturerInfinixModelINBOOK X2 (XL21)Display14'', 1920 × 1080, IPSCPUIntel Core i3-1005G1 (2/4 cores/threads, 1.2-3.4 GHz);Intel Core i5-1035G1 (4/8 cores/threads, 1.0-3.6 GHz); Intel Core i7-1065G7 (4/8 cores/threads, 1.3-3.9GHz)RAMLPDDR4 SDRAM, 3200MT/s, 4/8/16GB (two channels)GPUIntel UHD Graphics (system memory);Intel Iris Plus Graphics (system memory)StorageFORSEE SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4) 256/512GBExternal I/O connectors1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C;1 × USB 2.0 Type-C;2 × USB 3.0 Type-A;1 × HDMI;1 × microSD;1 × TRS 3.5mmNetworkIEEE 802.11ac;Bluetooth 5.1 Battery capacity, W⋅h50Mass, kg1.24Dimensions (L × W × H), mm323.3 × 211.1 × 14.8Retail price (Russia), rubles From 42,990 (36,990) - Core i3-1005G1, 4 GB RAM, SSD 256 GB from 54,990 (49,990) - Core i5-1035G1, 8 GB RAM, SSD 512 GB from 62,990 (59,990) - Core i7-1065G7, 8 GB RAM, SSD 512 GBINBOOK X2 - very cheap indeed.The junior configuration, which incidentally contains a 256 GB SSD, has a recommended price of 42,990 rubles, and in the initial period after the release there is a discount and the price is reduced to 36,900 rubles.For a more powerful version with Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB of storage at the start of sales will be asked 59,990, and later - 62,990 rubles.In the context of such prices, the specifications of INBOOK X2 look decent, especially in the basic configuration, whose rivals are computers based on stripped-down Pentium, Celeron and Athlon chips.⇡#Appearance and ergonomicsAt first sight of INBOOK X2, it is clear what priorities the founders of the laptop had: they had to make a compact machine with a presentable appearance while fitting into an extremely limited budget.What can I say, this device does not look like it is worth 37,000 roubles.The notebook is very thin (14.8 mm), lightweight (1.24 kg) and assembled in a bright aluminum case (there are blue and gray variants) or without coloring.There is a brushed texture area on the screen cover.The only plastic element is the rim of the screen.The screen, which is natural in this price range, is neither laminated nor touch screen, covered with a matte anti-glare film.But it would be nice to loosen the hinges, to lift the lid with one hand - at least in our case, so to open the laptop did not work, although the manufacturer has provided a video that doing it is possible.Maybe we were unlucky with our copy. The keyboard INBOOK X2, on the contrary, was let down by the insufficient rigidity of the base: the case strongly bends when you press it and drums while typing.What a pity, because there are no complaints about the mechanics of the keys: they have a rather long stroke, clear moment of action and quick return to the neutral position.The keyboard layout is typical for 14 inch ultrabooks: there is no number pad, \"~\" key is narrower than other character keys, but there is enough space for Delete, Home, End, PgUp and PgDn columns.The keyboard backlight is two-stage, turned on by pressing F3 through the function key, there is also a backlight for webcams.
ASUS VivoBook Pro 16X OLED (M7600QE) Notebook Review: For Thrifty Creators
We've seen quite a few laptops with a screen diagonal of 16 inches.The new format is well-deserved popularity and will probably replace the typical 15.4-inch matrices in the long run, just as 14-inch Ultrabooks have now almost completely superseded their 13-inch predecessors.That said, it is encouraging to see that many manufacturers are favoring matrices with a 16:10 aspect ratio, which provide more screen area than 16:9 and allow for more efficient use in most work tasks. But the question of choosing between IPS and OLED, while panels with Mini LED backlighting are still extremely rare, remains open.ASUS, which has long been using OLED, has offered digital content creators or simply those who are looking for a good all-around laptop, sister devices under the VivoBook Pro 16X brand: one (N7600) based on 11th generation Intel processors, the second (M7600) on AMD Ryzen 5000 series chips.Today we will look at the last, more powerful variant.⇡#Technical specifications, pricesThe \"red\" variety of VivoBook Pro 16X OLED is equipped with central processors Ryzen 5000 series: the top six-core Ryzen 5 5600H, the eight-core chip Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 5900HX.The difference between the two older models is the clock speeds of the x86 cores and integrated graphics.However, the last point does not matter for the performance of VivoBook Pro 16X OLED, because the laptop has a fairly powerful discrete video chip: GeForce RTX 3050 or RTX 3050 Ti.It is only a pity that, unlike the graphics cards of the same name for the desktop, mobile have only 4 GB of their own memory, and this is a serious limitation in some work tasks.By the way, the version of RTX 3050 marked Ti is available only in the modification of the VivoBook Pro 16X OLED on the AMD platform, while the Intel chips ASUS combines with the usual RTX 3050.The amount of RAM is 8, 16 or 32 GB of DDR4 type.With this parameter the buyer should decide in advance: all chips are soldered on the motherboard, and there are no SO-DIMM slots.In turn, the SSD can hold 512 GB or 1 TB of data.ManufacturerASUSModelVivoBook Pro 16X OLED (M7600)Display16'', 3840 × 2400, OLEDCPUAMD Ryzen 9 5900HX (8/16 cores/threads, 3.3-4.6GHz); AMD Ryzen 7 5800H (8/16 cores/threads, 3.2-4.4GHz); AMD Ryzen 5 5600H (6/12 cores/threads, 3.3-4.2GHz)RAMDDR4 SDRAM, 3200 MT/s, 8-32GB (2 channels)GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB); NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB)DriveSK Hynix BC711 (PCIe 3.0 x4), 512/1024 GBExternal I/O connectors1 × USB 3.Gen 1 Type-C; 1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A; 2 × USB 2.0 Type-A; 1 × HDMI; 1 × microSD; 1 × TRS 3.5 mmNetworkIEEE 802.11ax; Bluetooth 5.0Battery capacity, W⋅h96Mass, kg1.95Dimensions (L × W × H), mm360.5 × 259 × 18.9Retail price (Russia), rubles From 129,500 (AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 16GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, SSD 1024GB) - market.yandex.ruOther, completely predictable difference between the \"red\" version of VivoBook Pro 16X OLED and \"blue\" is related to the presence or absence of Thunderbolt 4 interface.The main thing is that the display they have the same - it's OLED panel with 4K resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio.Despite the screen parameters and powerful stuffing, VivoBook Pro 16X OLED is available on the Russian market for a quite democratic sum from 129 500 rubles, And we are talking about the average configuration of components: Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, 16 GB RAM, GeForce RTX 3050 and a terabyte SSD.⇡#Appearance and ergonomicsAs with most laptops of this cost, VivoBook Pro 16X OLED is assembled in a metal case, and the coating color is either white or black.The trim is quite thin, so the device weighs a little less than other offerings similar in screen size and features (1.95 kg), but there can be an undesirable effect when the edge of the cover is not flush with the counter part of the case.After all, OLED panels are too thin to hold their shape without a protective glass or hard substrate. In the appearance of the device is dominated by clear geometric shapes, and on the back of the cover placed a carved icon with the manufacturer's logo.Only the bezel of the screen of a simple rough plastic visually cheapens the device.The width of the top indent allowed without any non-standard solutions placed a webcam peephole, covered with a mechanical latch.Although the laptop screen is not laminated, its surface is very glossy - in the sunlight helps only a large margin of brightness.The laptop cover can be easily lifted with one hand, but you can not flip it to 180° (which, however, and is not required, because the screen is not touch sensitive). The size of the laptop allowed to add a numeric block to the keyboard and keep the same width of all the character keys (as usual, trimmed only the \"~\").Some keys differ from the main black mass in color, though.
Saving money the right way: a review of the 8 cheapest Intel B660 motherboards
\"Hey, kid, get an easier \"mother\".Why overpay for all that junk you don't need? You'll save money on the motherboard, the cooler will be cheaper, the case will be cheap, and you'll find money for a better graphics card.What is the most important thing for a gaming computer? Right, a graphics card! And you listen to these experts - they just want to sell you something overpriced! Well, you don't need Core i5-12400F to have a good graphics card, the CPU is cold.Any cheap motherboard will do, don't worry...\" This monologue was made up, of course.But I faced this kind of rhetoric all the time during last 15 years of my work in media - only names of processors, chipsets and sockets change but the essence remains the same.Even now when the new Intel chipsets are great, the most difficult thing to decide is which motherboard to buy.Moreover the devices for LGA1700 platform are much more expensive than their analogs for other competitive platforms.Let's take a look at what modern motherboards are capable of with devices based on B660 logic set - these are probably the most popular and most popular devices for LGA1700 platform and Alder Lake processors.And all because it is among the boards B660-series can find any level of hardware, suitable for building a simple office PC, and top gaming configurations.In the computer store Regard, we took two of the most affordable boards from each Taiwanese company at the time.What came out of it you can read in our big review. ⇡#Technical specs of the reviewersIf this is the first time you come here and you have no idea about LGA1700 platform segmentation, I strongly recommend you to read \"Best Gaming Platform for Mass Market - 2022: Core i5-12400F + DDR4 + B660\".The article with a rather telling title describes in great detail what you will get with the corresponding hardware.And if B660 and LGA1700 platform is your choice, you're welcome to take a look at the main characteristics of today's benchmarks.ASRock B660M-HDVASRock B660M Steel LegendASUS PRIME B660M-A D4ASUS PRIME B660M-K D4supported processorsIntel Core, Pentium Gold, Celeron 12th generationB660 chipsetMemory system2 × DIMM, Up to 64GB DDR4-50664 × DIMM, up to 128GB DDR4-53334 × DIMM, up to 128GB DDR4-53332 × DIMM, up to 128GB DDR4-5333Expansion Slots1 × PCI Express x16 4.0 2 × PCI Express x1 3.01 × PCI Express x16 5.0 2 × PCI Express x1 3.01 × PCI Express x16 4.0 1 × PCI Express x1 3.0 1 × PCI Express x4 3.01 × PCI Express x16 4.0 2 × PCI Express x1 3.0Drive interfaces1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2260/2280) with PCI Express x4 4.0 support 1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2260/2280) with PCI Express x4 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support 1 × M.2 (Key E, 2230) for Wi-Fi/BT 4 × SATA 6Gb/s support1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280) with PCI Express x4 4.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support 1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2280) with PCI Express x4 4.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support (Key E, 2230) for Wi-Fi/BT cards 4 × SATA 6Gb/s1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280) with PCI Express x4 4.0 support 1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280) with PCI Express x4 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support 4 × SATA 6Gb/s1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280) with PCI Express x4 4.0 support 1 × M.2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280) with PCI Express x4 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support 4 × SATA 6Gb/s Local Area Network1 × Intel I219V, 10/100/1000Mb/s1 × Realtek RTL8125BG, 10/100/1000/2500Mb/s1 × Intel I219V, 10/100/1000Mb/s1 × Realtek, 10/100/1000Mb/s Audio subsystemRealtek ALC897/887 7.1 HDRealtek ALC897 7.1 HDRealtek ALC897 7.1 HDRealtek ALC897 7.1 HDInternal interfaces1 × SPI TPM 1 × COM 1 × F-Audio 2 × USB 2.0 1 × USB 3.2 Gen11 × SPI TPM 1 × RGB LED 3 × ARGB LED 1 × F-Audio 2 × USB 2.0 1 × USB 3.2 Gen1 1 × USB 3.2 Gen21 × SPI TPM 1 × COM 1 × AURA RGB 3 × ARGB LED 1 × F-Audio 2 × USB 2.0 2 × USB 3.2 Gen1 1 × USB 3.2 Gen1 Type C1 × SPI TPM 1 × COM 1 × S/PDIF Out 1 × RGB LED 1 × F-Audio 2 × USB 2.0 1 × USB 3.2 Gen1The rear panel interfaces1 × PS/2 1 × HDMI 1 × D-Sub 1 × DisplayPort 2 × USB 2.0 Type A 3 × USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A 1 × USB 3.2 Gen1 Type C 1 × RJ-45 3 × 3.5 mm1 × PS/2 1 × HDMI 1 × DisplayPort 2 × USB 2.0 Type A 4 × USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A 1 × RJ-45 6 × 3.5mm 1 × S/PDIF Out1 × PS/2 2 × HDMI 1 × DisplayPort 4 × USB 2.0 Type A 2 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A 1 × RJ-45 3 × 3.5mm1 × PS/2 1 × HDMI 1 × D-Sub 2 × USB 2.0 Type A 4 × USB 3.Gen1 Type A 1 × RJ-45 3 × 3,5 mmFormatrixmATX, 244 × 201 mmmATX, 244 × 244 mmmATX, 244 × 244 mmmATX, 244 × 211 mmmATX, 244 × 211 mm Price* from 7 400 rubles from 11 200 rubles from 13 000 rubles from 8 500 rubles GIGABYTE B660M DS3H DDR4GIGABYTE B660M GAMING DDR4MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4MSI PRO B660M-E DDR4Supported processorsIntel Core, Pentium Gold, Celeron 12th genB660P chipset
AMD to unveil Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards tonight
AMD will unveil Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards on the latest RDNA 3 architecture graphics processors tonight. The start of the presentation,...