Assemble that passes you is a weekly column that collects the main novelties related to PC gaming hardware and offers three configurations, divided by price range, designed for those who want to assemble or update their machine. As usual, suggestions are welcome and corrections welcome, as long as the tones are adequate. Another tip is to read the paragraphs that present the configurations before battling in the comments.
The engine and main problem of the market is that of having to grow steadily, which has led to thank the COVID-19 for various booms related to TV series, books and gaming. In all this there are positive effects, such as the growth of remote work and the decrease in pollution due to traffic, but also negative as regards the strength of the social fabric, that minimum of forced movement that we do when we are forced to put the nose out of the house and, more importantly, the occupation, since many of those left at home do not go out because they have lost their jobs.
It is therefore difficult to celebrate, even if we are happy that leisure time coincides with an increase in reading. In addition, the gaming PC has already been growing for some time, as evidenced by the decision of numerous companies to focus their efforts on this segment, but the emergency, combined with the decline of current consoles, has given a good shock to sales, with the forecasts for 2020 for the entry level segment that speak of a growth of 21.7%. The most interesting data, however, concerns thenet increase in sales of 1440p monitors high framerates that could link to the sales of the new generation GPUs, apparently arriving between September and October, which promise a good performance leap forward, with persistent rumors suggesting increases of up to 90%. In this case we are probably talking about optimized titles, but we are still inclined to believe in an evolution in brute power higher than that seen in the transition from Pascal to Turing.
As for the actual models, it is likely that the estimates and rumors are related to the alleged GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, the consumer series head of the new GeForce family based on Ampere architecture. But we obviously expect similar leaps forward for the more affordable models which according to the latest rumors could not be too far from the high-end and extreme cards, unlike what has been seen in the past. In fact, it seems that GeForce RTX 3060 e 3050 are already in production, with a price destined to place between 300 and 400 dollars for the first that should mount the GA106 GPU. Let’s be clear, NVIDIA could still wait the same 4 months seen with the RTX 2060, but it could also have to speed things up if AMD was already out with the mid-range models of the RDNA 2 series.
The other rumor concerns the GPU of the GeForce RTX 3070 which would not be a pumped version of that of the GeForce RTX 3060, unlike what happened with the RTX 2000 series. There is in fact talk of a different GPU, the GA104-300, which in the full version, called GA104-400, would end up in the RTX 3070 Ti. For memory, all three should have 8GB, while for the price we are talking about $ 400-500 for the 3070 which could therefore cost $ 499 like the previous one, much more expensive than the 1070 whose MSRP was $ 380. But considering that for the 3070 Ti there is still talk of a price lower than 500 euros, we allow ourselves the hope of a lower price compared to the Turing series, something that appeared in the rumors of a few months ago and which would be confirmed in the possible use, mentioned in more recent rumors, of a production process a 8 nanometers Samsung derived from the 10 nanometers used for the Galaxy 8.
Unfortunately, these are always rumors, with the only official declaration that promises a net increase between performance and consumption, with 50% more power which should require 50% less energy. Enough to let you actually imagine a radical increase in power, as long as the rumors on consumption of 220 / 230W for the single Ampere GPU and 320W of total consumption for the 3080 Ti are confirmed, a monster that could reach 22TFLOP of power brute that, we remember, would be worth more than the TFLOP of the past. In fact, there is talk of optimizations for 4K, improvements in technologies such as Variable Rate Shading and DLSS 3.0. All seasoned by the evolution of libraries that with the arrival of the new consoles should make a leap forward in every sector.
Instead, there are rumors of a step backwards, changing the subject, for theIntel Core i9-10850K, a 10 core and 20 thread processor appeared on Geekbench which, giving up 100MHz less than the Core i9-10900K, and perhaps also the 5.3GHz Thermal Velocity Boost, could enjoy more affordable prices, going to divert some attention from baby Ryzen 9 3900XT. It could also be less expensive to tame, but it could also point to a completely different market, given that in the consumer market it would probably end up competing precisely with the 10900K.
The Ryzen 3000XT, however, did not move the market too much, while guaranteeing something more in terms of maximum performance and frequencies. But on the other hand it is an interlude designed to fill the time frame that separates us from the Ryzen 4000 series. In the meantime, the bulk of AMD’s work has focused on the new APUs Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G, Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G and Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G, not particularly strong in terms of integrated graphics but promising for power, and on Ryzen Threadripper PRO, with the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX which should raise the bar in every field, given the possibility of 8-channel memory support, for a maximum amount of something like 2TB. A real battleship that could show itself to the world next week.
The budget configuration is oriented towards savings but it is said that there is no room for upgrading where interesting prospects arise. The proposals in this range include solutions designed for low-profile games and 1080p-oriented builds.
After a couple of weeks with the Ryzen 3 3100, requested but not as much as the 3300X at least according to the price still far from the recommended one, we return to Intel and the Core i3-9100F which saved itself from the advent of the tenth generation processors, lacking of a basic model without integrated graphics and just as cheap.
The strong savings on the processor encourage us to follow the same path in the case of the CPU, chasing a balanced and modest configuration, now at the limit given the only 4 cores. For this we return to the 4GB Radeon RX 570, limited by memory but still at the top as regards the relationship between price and performance.
In the gaming range there are usually those components that allow you to face the game on PC without fear and to hold on for some time. The showdown with the frame rate is around the corner but, with a good base, it is always possible to sell the old GPU before it devalues too much in order to buy a new one just in time to face the next blockbuster video game blockbuster.
The Ryzen 5 3600 remains a champion in terms of versatility and potential, with excellent performances that become excellent by pushing the frequencies within the limits of the heat sink included in the price. The best, of course, is given by an aftermarket heatsink, but it is always possible to buy it later, in case of need.
Available for around 250 euros, the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER OC does not move from its position, with performance slightly lower than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which exceeds it by just a couple of percentage points in most games, despite the price significantly more content.
The pushed configuration makes sense only for those aiming for high resolutions, aware that luxury often does not go hand in hand with rationality. On the other hand, let’s face it, who doesn’t like having a nice engine under the hood even if there is a speed limit?
Also this week we aim for 1440p and 4K, where the Ryzen 9 3900X leaves the frequency limits behind the competition, instead relying on the relationship between price, number of cores and overall performance. Among other things we are satisfied with the heatsink including Wraith Prism, limited
The price of the RTX 2080 Ti has come back down, which is interesting, especially in the case of luxury versions such as the ASUS ROG Strix Advanced edition which can be found, directly from Amazon, for around 1290 euros. But our advice, for those in no hurry, remains to wait, given the imminent arrival of the GeForce RTX 3000.