What to expect from AMD, ARM, Intel, Nvidia, and more

Memorial Day Weekend is usually one of our favorites throughout the tech year at PCMag, but not in anticipation of a quiet, lazy-long, long-needed report break. From afar It’s time to wake up and sip caffeine, and enjoy the major jet lag in the less crowded years as we fly from our NYC headquarters to Taipei on the other side of the world.

The last Monday in May is the main launch day of the traditional press-event and the Computex trade show, which spreads in fashion almost every year, crossing the Taiwanese capital. The big time difference against the US, though, is that it actually starts just before the weekend, and the main thing often happens at midnight for people in the states.

This year, as in the case of 2020, a massive measure was made, and Computex’s master plan was again crimped. Last year’s personal computex show was first delayed to September 2020, after that Canceled outright. In 2021, the computex organizer, Titra, claimed the initial hope and the man planned to work on the plan again, but in some geographies the brutal revival of COVID-1 the, and the attendant’s travel was banned. Taiwan has well-dressed COVID-19, but international travel remains a difficult prospect.

The show is all made virtual, and not just for the traditional singles first week Full month June, officially from May 311 to June 300 Virtual platform Sounded #COMPUTEX Virtual. The show will initially be front-loaded with large luggage, although heavy hitters AMD, ARM, Intel, and Nvidia initially planned their big key notes.

What appears to be Computex, in general, sets the tech table in the coming years. Of course, traditional shows are green-shoots of web products and technology that have appeared in retail products for years, so this show can often be harder to predict than most. But some of the shapes are starting to come out of the smoke that has stuck to PC Tech for over a year now, now, without in-person demos and onsite encounters that make trade shows like Computex important. We won’t be in Taipei, but here are the highlights of what we expected.


The World’s Worst Kept Mystery: New GeForce RTX Cards

First, you would guess based on this tradition: who Course We should finally see the amped-up “Ti” versions of the popular GeForce RTX 30-series “Ampere” cards after their first year. Finally Nvidia has a way to roll the dice. And of course, GeForce RTX cards It has become difficult to buy Beanie baby or cabbage patch butterflies on their chicks last six to nine months. But for Nvidia’s most rarified and uptikked version of the latter card still seems inevitable. (After all, we got one GeForce RTX 3060 Ti At the very end of 2020.)

So, it became a well-kept secret: images around the extensible GeForce RTX 8000080 Cards from MSI in palettes Stand up

MSI RTX 3080 Ti

RTX 3080 Ti card arrival? (Image: Lok Lok, via Facebook)

So on May 26, Nvidia posted a teaser video of their own Beans Semi-Spilled: Liquid Metal Looks and the traditional GeForce Founder Edition card box (?) From the official GeForce Twitter account …

Note that many Nvidia Computex keys are in the docket. Our expectations around any cold consumer goods have been reduced to a “double” in the Transforman Power of Computing, from Game to Enterprise Data Center. (It is First, June 1 in the US ET for June 1, and pending in Taipei for the same day in the afternoon.) We are hitting the road with at least one card: too many GeForce RTX808080T, based on all the rumors we expect when it starts, immediately Can become unbatenium. But perhaps the high enough price helps it sell a few minutes longer at the beginning than with the RTX-0-Series siblings!

Anything else Fair game. An RTX 3070 Ti? Versions of existing RTX cards with different memory speeds or volumes? More “Light hash rate” (LHR) hash-limited cards GPU-snarfing to make cryptominers fail? We have to see We expect more from Nvidia about AI, automotive, and machine learning, but we think it will be a great news card for consumers.


AMD: Team Red, dead set at Redempson

As we and many others have been reporting over the past few years, AMD has been on a torrid line in terms of desktops and, more recently, laptop processors. The company is still an undefeated in terms of sheer numbers and finances against rival Intel, but it is far from one in the state of its compute architecture, and in speed. The launch of the “Zen” (third-generation) Raizen desktop chips in late 2020 is a big part of what was already a strong position in desktop chips, and early 2020 saw AMD gain insights into mobile CPU performance and laptop design wins. See Ryzen “Renoir” vs Core “Tiger Lake” initial face off From the second half of 2020 and Our first look at the Zen 3 laptop display From January of this year)

The CEO of AMD, Dr.  Lisa Su

The CEO of AMD, Dr. Lisa Su

The thing is, we’ve heard a lot of talk about “Jane” this year, probably around the world, but Computex 2021 looks pretty quick for something beyond the broader outline and initial buzz. The CEO will be Dr. Lisa Sue. Take the main step Find out the coming months of Monday night US East Coast time (Tuesday morning Taipei) and possibly the AMD roadmap.

Will it update to Zen 4? We want to bank on at least some Zen talk talks, but what seems to be the least, at least in terms of the launch cycle, is the update of AMD’s desktop APUs (its lower-end chips with better integrated graphics). In these days of scarcity around graphics cards, too Older Ryzen 3000 series G-series APUs Hard to find at a reasonable price, and the new generation will be the manna in today’s GPU desert. So, Dr. Sule recently said that the company is preferring some chip models due to the slow silicon shortage. Low-end chips often have a short shrift. So possible APUs or, suppose, the new Athens could go from Silicon Wayside.

Alternatively, or more, what Dr. Sule reveals Can Radeon graphics to be related. The long-rumored “Big Navi” (high-end versions of AMD’s new architecture graphics cards) has actually passed, and RDNA 2 has recently proven to be a worthy competitor to GeForce cards. And Probably something more accessible to buy. We’ve tested cards like this Radeon RX 6800 XT Last year, and this low-end RX 6000-series offering with RDNA 2 seems inevitable. Is A Radeon RX 00 6600 or 00 6500 Desktop cards, falling in the 200 to $ 300 zone, in Afing? We do not bet against it. Whether or not this happens in Computex, however, is everyone’s guess. The same goes for overdue updates to AMD’s Mobile Radeon graphics lineup. RDNA 2 has hit AMD-based gaming laptops.

For the high-end desktop market for CPUs (often referred to as “HEDD”) we haven’t even seen the Rise of Threader front for some time (or for that matter, anything but Intel’s Core X-Series and the X299-chipset platform, Periodic new motherboard). Can the new Threadripper SKUs, the second generation on the TRX40 chipset, appear? We put that long shot as a relative lack of buzz.


Intel: Already launched, what could be new?

A few weeks ago, Intel released a full magazine of its high-performance “Tiger Lake-H” power-user CPU (Check out our demonstration here first), Which was first pierced in CES 2021. Prior to that, it had a lightweight 11th Generation Corps. “Rocket Lake S” desktop CPU line, Its second attempt at the LGA1200 socket and what will likely emerge as a transitional or “caretaker” CPU family is now the more developed, architecturally forward-looking 12th Generation “Alder Lake” line, expected later this year.

Intel

The first Intel “Tiger Lake-H” laptop we have in hand

And then there was the “Tiger Lake” 11th generation mobile CPU for thinner laptops, launched in the second half of 2020. What’s left to do with Intel Spring in Computex?

The pump probably looks dry on consumer silicone, but Chip Rynt never lacks projects. As mentioned above, the HEDT / Core X-Series was quiet, so the related move from the X299 and Core X shouldn’t surprise us.

And there are the company’s break-in graphics efforts, which have been piercing for the past several years. Xe is DG1 card Will appear in some OEM systems In a low-key way, but not expected to be a performance monster. Can Car DG2, Wanted Intel Debut PC-Game Card, See the light of day at last?

Intel DG1 card prototype from CES 2020 (Image: PCMag)

Intel DG1 card prototype from CES 2020

We expect at least one shout or two. Hopefully just something beyond card renders, as greed they have been going through.


Emerging Computer Pla Platforms: ARM on Stage

In the days leading up to Computex, Qualcomm rolled out its vision for lower-end compute silicon (Snapdragon General 2) And a development kit for ARM-friendly software. 2012 was the launch pad for Computex The first Qualcomm Snapdragon cx laptop, Which was equipped with GG. ARM CEO Simon Segers and Rene Haas of the company’s IP Product Group will address the June 2 conference.Accelerating the ubiquitous intellectual movement, “One of the key themes is the unprecedented appetite for compute power in AI and machine learning.

Another topic: recovery from the wider state of the 2000-211 epidemic, and the pace of emerging technologies such as ARM platforms to address complex global problems and threats such as climate change and cybersecurity. AI and machine learning workloads will be at the center of addressing these many big issues, and ARM Brass will look at how the company’s emerging architectures will contribute to the 2020 challenge.

Qualcomm logo

Could it just be wind? Maybe, but we don’t bet against it. Apple’s M1 ARM-based SoC platform and recent Qualcomm moves, plus gave rise to buzz around. A potential Nvidia acquisition of ARMCould this be the beginning of Computex, which, in recent years, has split into different lines: AMD vs. Intel, or not AMD vs. Nvidia, but emerging versus traditional / legacy platforms? Or, on that flip side, maybe two more common ground addresses?


Revav-up SSDs: PCI Express 4.0.0, Thunderbolt More More Momentum

Core components other than GPUs and CPUs that see a lot of work during normal computex storage, especially flash. With the launch of Rocket Lake S earlier this year and the maturation of PCI Express of .0 now two years on the AMD platform, we hope to see its growing excitement. PCI Express SS.0 SSDs Is emerging, and this type of SSD is growing closer and closer to the mainstream, in the next year or two, in terms of the next stream and price. The Computex 2021 show can be the first turn of that special downhill snowball.

In our test, we did not see one Complete The real advantage of PCI 4.0.0 vs. PCI 3.0.0 is for the average user except for the case of continuous large file and large folder transfers. But with the rise of PCIe support.0 on the Intel Rocket Lake motherboard and the most recent Intel Mobile CPU, the “Express 4.0.0” lane is clear for a faster pace. This is now primarily an AMD-platform thing.

Similarly, with the slowly growing but emerging Thunderbolt p port on PC-Edge PCs, we should not be surprised to see the first emerging Thunderbolt devices in Computex take advantage of the rapid emergence of the new emerging port to strike public awareness. . (See our primer about Thunderbolt And why it will make an increasing difference in 2021.)


Stay tuned to PCMag.com and ours Computex News Feed For more on the show it runs its course through the next month.

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