The huge theme this year was, perhaps unsurprisingly, lots of new gaming laptop computers to assist more people get stuff done while working from house, and this was assisted in no little part by the announcement of Nvidias RTX 30 series making the move to laptops, as well as numerous new mobile processors from Intel and AMD. Laptop computers werent the just huge news from CES, though, so check out on below to discover our filleted highlights from this years show.
Arguably the greatest and most interesting statement to come out of this years CES was the arrival of another brand-new Nvidia RTX graphics card. Priced at $329, the RTX 3060 will include a massive 12GB of GDDR6 memory, which is 4GB more than both the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070. A strange decision, to be sure, however one Im fascinated to check in practice once it launches in late February. Whether it will be any simpler to purchase than the rest of Nvidias RTX 30 series line-up is anyones guess, but its excellent to see the more budget-friendly end of next-gen graphics cards starting to make an appearance, however short lived they are on real store racks.
As big increases to gaming performance, another welcome pattern this year is the introduction of a number of 2560 × 1440 laptops to make the most Nvidias new graphics chips. 1920 × 1080 laptop computers, on the other hand, are likewise getting bumped up to 360Hz, too, providing us more choice than ever in the past.
Another huge statement from Nvidias interview was the a lot more imminent arrival of RTX 30-series laptops. The first models will be arriving in late January and early February, and there are a lot of nifty-looking laptops from Asus, Acer, Razer, Lenovo, MSI, Gigabyte and more to keep an eye on.
As huge boosts to gaming efficiency, another welcome trend this year is the intro of a number of 2560 × 1440 laptops to make the most Nvidias new graphics chips. They dont stop there, either, as many of the leading 1440p designs all have 165Hz revitalize rates. 1920 × 1080 laptops, on the other hand, are also getting bumped up to 360Hz, too, offering us more option than ever in the past.
AMD focused primarily on the CPU side of their service during their CES keynote speech, revealing not only the worlds very first 8-core CPU for ultraportable laptop computers, but likewise their new family of Ryzen 5000 HX series chips for video gaming laptops. The latter will be showing up in a number of the RTX 30 laptops pointed out above, as Intels matching H-series of Tiger Lake laptop CPUs still need a bit more time in the oven (undoubtedly, the only H-series chips Intel announced today were for ultraportable laptops, their H35 family, instead of their more traditional H and HK gaming chips).
Tucked away at the back end of AMDs keynote was the pledge of more RDNA 2 GPUs showing up for both desktops and laptops throughout the very first half of this year. They didnt reveal any specific models or pricing information, however you can see in the image above that there are 2 GPUs over on the right, recommending well see followers to a few of AMDs existing RX 5000 graphics cards before the end of June. The reality that one of them is a single-fan GPU implies theyll probably be the RX 6500 and RX 6600 instead of RX 6600 and RX 6700, however whatever they wind up being, theyll likely be more mainstream cards than AMDs high-powered RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT GPUs, and will ideally bring some much needed competition to Nvidias growing household of RTX 3060 cards.
Tucked away at the back end of AMDs keynote was the promise of more RDNA 2 GPUs getting here for both desktops and laptops during the first half of this year.
While Intel didnt provide us anymore information on when their 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs may be pitching up this year (all they stated was that theyre still on track to arrive before the end of March), we did get some welcome news about whether theyll be backwards compatible with their existing 400-series motherboards. Undoubtedly, Asus have actually come out and said theyll be releasing a BIOS update for a number of their Z490 and H470 boards to ensure they still support Intels 11th Gen chips, which is a big relief for anybody who upgraded to one of Intels 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs in 2015.
Undoubtedly, when Intel announced that Rocket Lake will be accompanied by a new 500-series motherboard chipset, I was worried that Comet Lake owners would be required to purchase a whole brand-new board in order to benefit from Rocket Lakes new PCIe 4.0 assistance. Well have to wait for more verification from other motherboard makers to see if this will be the case throughout all Z490 and H470 boards, however its a promising start.
As a swathe of new video gaming laptop computers, MSI announced theyll be making their very first SSDs this year, and their preliminary specs look pretty darn nippy. With sequential read and write speeds striking 7000MB/s and 6900MB/s respectively, it looks to be quite a bit faster than Samsungs 980 Pro and WDs Black SN850, although we wont understand how its random speeds hold up till it introduces later in the year.
Yearly tech bonanza CES is over for another year, so I thought I d round-up all the crucial PC video gaming statements right here in one handy place. The big style this year was, perhaps unsurprisingly, lots of new gaming laptop computers to help more people get things done while working from home, and this was assisted in no small part by the announcement of Nvidias RTX 30 series making the transfer to laptops, along with a number of brand-new mobile processors from Intel and AMD. Laptop computers werent the only huge news from CES, though, so read on below to discover our filleted highlights from this years show.
Its just at the principle stage at the minute, however Razer revealed an effectively mad video gaming chair at CES this year that has a fold-out 60in OLED screen concealed in the back of it. Codenamed Project Brooklyn, Razer are calling it the supreme home entertainment powerhouse, and Im really pretty on board with this as an idea. Its definitely a lot more user-friendly-looking and practical than the monstrous Acer Thronos chair, for instance, and Im in fact rather thrilled to attempt it out genuine whenever the heck it really makes it to the production phase.
And if that wasnt enough, Razer are likewise making a new smart face mask that has huge Metro 2033 energy. Structure on their work making surgical masks for frontline workers last year, Razer have already got a working prototype of Project Hazel up and running, and will ideally be here a lot faster than Project Brooklyn.