For five years straight, Nvidia’s GTX 1060 was the most popular graphics card for gamers. But now, AMD might be able to match it with only integrated graphics.
Fresh information around AMD’s upcoming desktop APUs, specifically the Ryzen 5 8600G, has emerged to give us a fair idea of how the upcoming processor and integrated graphics could shape up. Recently leaked Geekbench benchmark scores not only offer a performance metric, but the listing also reveals crucial specifications about the upcoming chip.
The upcoming Ryzen 5 8600G could arrive with the Radeon 760M integrated graphics chip clocked at 2.8GHz and featuring eight compute units and 512 GPU shader cores. Paired with two sticks of 16GB DDR5-6000 memory, the 8600G achieved a score of 30,770 points in the Vulkan benchmark, while in the OpenCL test, it scored 24,842 points.
As pointed out by Tom’s Hardware, benchmark scores of the Radeon 760M are almost as good as Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060. Granted that the GTX 1060 launched almost seven years ago, but it is important to note that AMD has managed to deliver the same performance using significantly less power. Essentially, it would mean this integrated GPU will be capable of running certain modern games at 1080p at 60 frames per second (fps), which would be very impressive.
For many years, the GTX 1060 was the standard bearer for entry level PC gaming, topping the Steam survey charts from 2017 to 2022. It would be a massive win for AMD to deliver graphics at this level, but we’ll have to wait for more official information before we know what its capabilities are for sure.
The benchmark listing also confirms that the upcoming Ryzen 5 8600G may feature six cores, 12 threads, and a boost clock of 4.996GHz. This is almost the same configuration as the Ryzen 5 7600, with the only difference being the lower boost clock speed.
It is also expected that the Ryzen 7 8700G will be making use of AMD’s Radeon 780M, which could deliver up to 50% better performance. While we don’t have a confirmed date or release schedule for the upcoming Ryzen 8000G series of desktop processors, Gigabyte spilled the beans about it in November.
Upon releasing a new AGESA beta BIOS for its X670, B650, and A620 motherboards last year, the company had accidentally mentioned the following in its announcement: “The forthcoming AM5 next-gen APU will be launched at the end of January 2024.” Since CES is just around the corner, we could see AMD making some sort of announcement there and eventually releasing the chips by the end of this month.
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AMD has a new strategy to beat Intel and win the laptop war
AMD has gained a lot of ground against Intel in the desktop world. But laptops? Not so much. It’s still difficult to even find an AMD-powered laptop, let alone one you’ll want to buy.
Now, AMD is putting its hope on a new stack of laptop chips called Ryzen 4000. They do more than just add extra cores and better graphics. They’re paired with a reinvented strategy designed to make sure they’re available in the laptops people want to buy.
Built for business, this Dell laptop with 64GB of RAM is 35% off
While many laptops tend to be focused on consumers, there’s a whole market for more professional-oriented laptops, and in Dell’s case, those are their Precision workstations. These laptops often have a lot of high-end specs, making them perfect for everything from video editing to CAD and programming. Of course, all that power comes at a price, and while this Precision 7680 Workstation is incredibly powerful, it does usually go for an eye-watering $7,225. Luckily, there is a deal on Dell that discounts it significantly, all the way down to $4,699, so if you’ve ever wanted to own a Dell Workstation, now is your chance.
Why you should buy the Dell Precision 7680 Workstation
Starting off with the processor, this configuration of the Precision 7680 has an incredible Intel Core i9-13950HX vPro, possibly one of the most powerful processors on the market right now, and is built to handle things like complex simulations, including things like modeling aerodynamics and things of that nature. That also makes it perfect for other tasks, including things like music production, video editing, and even transcoding content when it comes to streaming. It also has 64GB of 5200MT/s CAMM memory, which is essentially professional-grade RAM that is perfect for more RAM-intensive tasks such as programming or CAD work.
There are a lot of excellent 2-in-1 laptops out there, and they’re perfect for those who want something that is a hybrid between a tablet and a laptop so that they can use their device on a table or in handheld mode. One of the better options to go for, and that is regularly suggested, is the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1, which is packed with features. It also has a great deal on it from HP right now, knocking it down to $1,400 from $1,700, which is a solid $300 discount that you can either save or put into some upgrades before checking out.
Why you should buy the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1
The base spec of the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 is pretty great, with an Intel Core i7-13700H, which is a mid-to-high-end CPU that will knock most productivity and day-to-day tasks out of the park, so whether you want this for work or general browsing, it’s perfect. The same goes for the impressive 16GB of RAM, which isn’t very common at this price point, so we’re certainly happy to see that, especially since it will give you a smoother day-to-day experience. The RAM can also easily handle Windows 11, and while you only get the Home version at base spec, you can also get the Pro version for an extra $70, which isn’t worth it unless you know you need the features it offers.
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