Whenever it’s time to either buy a new laptop or upgrade your gaming PC, a question inevitably pops up: “Should I wait for the new stuff?” Whether you want to save money on updated hardware as soon as the new hotness comes out, or just want the latest and greatest and not be out of date in a month, the question has always been valid.
For the first time in a long time, everything has grown together, and new technologies are available across almost the entire computing landscape.
Whether you’re building a monster rig to tackle Cyberpunk 2077, getting a laptop just to do some work, or you’re a Mac loyalist wanting to see what Macs can do on ARM, there are new ones out there shiny things to get your hands on.
PC is definitely the place to be to play games right now
The Xbox Series X has finally got its final release date and price – another new tech toy – but has been overshadowed in some circles by the utterly monolithic introduction of Nvidia Ampere GeForce cards. Led by the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, it’s raw graphics card performance that dwarfs the performance of the two consoles – albeit at a much higher price.
Nvidia isn’t even alone, however. AMD just announced a keynote for its RDNA 2 graphics cards for October 28th, and while we don’t exactly know what AMD has in store yet, we can almost guarantee that at least one of Team Red’s cards will at least make Nvidia sweat little bit.
In addition to pure graphics, Intel launched its 10th generation Comet Lake desktop chips in May 2020. And while that was a decade ago at this point, it’s only been a few months. Coupled with the upcoming release of AMD’s Zen 3 desktop lineup on October 8th, it looks like the CPU landscape will be as rich and competitive as the CPU market.
Since all big companies have big launches, it’s never been better to start planning your PC build. However, we strongly encourage you to wait for full reviews before making a purchase.
Even our biggest concern about PC gaming after the new consoles came out was allayed thanks to the Nvidia RTX IO, which was designed to allow people with an RTX graphics card to access the same storage performance that the PS5 and Xbox Series X will offer. But again, it’s obviously going to be way more expensive than just buying a $ 499 box.
We are ready to invest money for AMD, which has a similar solution for its Big Navi graphics cards. Team Red eventually helped develop both of the next generation consoles, so adopting this similar I / O technology won’t be too big a leap in Radeon cards.
In short, PC games are certainly not to be left behind.
Don’t forget the laptops
Laptop processors might not be all that exciting as desktop siblings, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Right now, when we all work from home and need as much help as possible, it is incredibly important to have strong mobile performance, as well as a range of features that make our lives easier.
And it looks like Intel is supplying that with Tiger Lake. While these 11th generation U-series processors will still be limited to 4 cores and 8 threads, while the AMD Ryzen 4000 U-series chips offer double that, we’re seeing a massive spike in clock speed. The 11th generation Intel Core i7-1185G7 boosts up to 4.8 GHz on a single core and 4.3 GHz across all cores. Compared to the Core i7-1065G7, which can only reach up to 3.9 GHz with a single core? This is a massive change.
Not to mention Tiger Lake’s other big advantage: the Intel Xe graphics. Intel claims these integrated GPUs will more than double the performance of Gen11 Iris graphics on Ice Lake and even outperform dedicated GPUs. This is definitely something to take with a grain of salt as we didn’t get a chance to test this for ourselves. However, if that’s true, and Intel can deliver a compelling integrated GPU in a thin and lightweight case, then both creatives and those who just want to play a bit during their lunch break will be ahead.
Now it was taking a while for laptops with Ryzen 4000 laptops to actually hit the shelves, and we could see this repeat itself with Intel Tiger Lake chips – although this is just baseless speculation on our part.
Laptops are getting much better, however, thanks in large part to the new Intel Evo program (which is basically just a renaming of Project Athena). Intel-certified laptops have longer battery life, constant performance on battery power, and are activated faster when opened. Raw performance is cool and all, but these are the kind of things that really improve the user experience in a laptop, and we can’t wait to see what the coming crowd of laptops can do.
No matter what type of computing experience you’re looking for, there has never been a more exciting time to buy your next laptop or desktop. And now we’re just sitting there trying to imagine what might come next year.