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This past year has been pretty tough for PC gamers as availability has been incredibly low and prices have been inflated way beyond MSRP, sometimes even up to 3 times as much. Despite some clear struggles, Nvidia and AMD have been working hard to get more GPUs out the door, but Nvidia has clearly fared better than the competition.
Intel is currently very busy working on their 12th gen Alder Lake processors, due out later this year. But the Blue Team is also cooking up something brand new: a series of discrete desktop graphics cards, and so far we’ve heard barely anything about them. However, we now have some idea of the specs and performance of one model thanks to some leaked benchmarks.
This past year has been pretty tough on PC gamers, as a shortage of electronic chips has meant little PC hardware has gone to actual gamers, whereas most of it was being snatched up by scalpers and cryptocurrency miners, resulting in inflated prices and even more limited supply on an already-limited supply chain.
Pretty graphics and high frame rates are always nice, but not everyone has such a luxury. Especially in today’s climate of PC hardware, many are still stuck with old hardware that makes it difficult to run the latest games. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any games out there for low-end users.
Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck has excited a lot of gamers, especially those who wanted a portable gaming solution like the Nintendo Switch but one that was compatible with their already-purchased Steam games. In a recent interview, Valve even said that the Steam Deck is “future proof”, but they are open to the idea of adding new generations later if needs be.
Despite the issues with PC hardware this year that has resulted in limited availability and inflated prices for graphics cards and processors new and old, the future of gaming monitors is looking pretty exciting with 4K 240Hz and 1080p 480Hz screens on the horizon. But refresh rates aren’t always what gamers are looking for.
Virtual reality gaming may seem like a very expensive gimmick to a lot of people, and in terms of sales numbers it’s hard to dispute that. But Valve CEO and co-founder of Steam, Gabe Newell, has reiterated that the company is in for the long haul when it comes to hardware ventures like VR and the Steam Deck.
Intel might have been in a bit of rut the last year or two, but they are certainly going to bounce back soon with the launch of their 12th gen Alder Lake processors with a new hybrid architecture design, as well as their brand new DG2 graphics cards. A new rumor suggests that the Blue Team’s first GPUs could be launching at CES 2022.
For a while now AMD has been teasing a new entry into the mainstream graphics card market, and for a while we have been going back and forth on what it will actually cost. But now AMD has officially revealed the new RX 6600 XT GPU, launching on August 11th with an MSRP of $379.
With the current situation of the global chip shortage and graphics card shortages that have proven a massive problem throughout the year, many have been worried about what the future has in store for the next generation of graphics cards and processors from AMD. Thankfully, AMD has now confirmed that they are still on track for a 2022 launch of their RDNA3 GPUs and Zen 4 CPUs.
Intel recently held an event known as the Intel Accelerate webcast which revealed some key information about Intel’s upcoming processor roadmap as well as some interesting changes to their node naming scheme. However, one of the more interesting tidbits was a tease for the upcoming 12th gen Alder Lake launch…