This week, topics related to graphics cards are at the forefront of both news and tests. Only the million-dollar expenditure for the Brockhaus from NRW jostles between Medion’s gaming PCs at the discounter Aldi and Nvidia’s mining GPUs CMP HX.
Up to 32% more performance with AMD SAM
In last week’s tests, the benchmarks for AMD’s Smart Access Memory (SAM) based on PCIe Resizable BAR came out on top. The measurements in Full HD, WQHD and Ultra HD with the latest BIOS versions and drivers on a gaming PC with AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT and Ryzen 9 5950X show that some games clearly benefit. The benchmarks show a maximum of 32 percent more performance when using SAM, 4 out of 17 games increase by at least 10 percent and the average is 6 percent. In view of these performance increases, Nvidia also wants to rely on the technology soon.
New test course for graphics cards
In second place is the current graphics card comparison between AMD Radeon RX and Nvidia GeForce RTX, in which ComputerBase used a benchmark course that was updated again. The 17 new games include 10 new titles, a new AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is used as the CPU to set the CPU limit a little higher again, and separate benchmarks with ray tracing and DLSS take account of the increased importance of these technologies. As a result, there are shifts in all resolutions due to the new games. In Full HD and WQHD, the AMD Radeon graphics cards can now hold their own against Nvidia and are sometimes ahead of them. In UHD or when using ray tracing with and without DLSS, however, Nvidia is still clearly ahead, even if the gaps shrink a bit in UHD.
Gaming desktops and notebooks at Aldi
In the news of last week, however, the message about Medion’s new PC line-up at Aldi is in first place. With the RTX 3070 in the Erazer Engineer X10, it is also about graphics cards, because Medion has decided to offer a desktop system with this GPU despite the poor availability of the graphics card. An Intel Core i7-10700 with eight cores and 16 threads serves as the CPU, the DDR4 RAM is 32 GB, the SSD has a capacity of 1 TB. The gaming PC will be available from 25 February at Aldi Nord and Süd for 1,499 euros. With the Akoya S15449, Aldi also offers a notebook with Tiger Lake i7, Iris Xe and 2 TB SSD. As a 17-inch notebook, the Medion Erazer Defender P10, like the 15-inch Medion Erazer Deputy P10, uses a mobile Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060.
Mining GPUs from Nvidia and 2.6 million for Brockhaus
Also due to the high number of hits via Google on the Medion offers, the presentation of the CMP-HX series with mining GPUs from Nvidia only landed in third place – behind the message that the Ministry of Education in North Rhine-Westphalia for 2.6 million euros has acquired a three-year license for the Brockhaus online reference work. Especially online, this caused a lot of misunderstanding and criticism, with repeated references to Wikipedia, which is still not considered a reliable source scientifically and in everyday school life.
CMP HX is still a mystery
With the CMP-HX series, Nvidia would like to improve the availability of GeForce RTX graphics cards for gamers by offering special mining cards. At the time of the announcement, however, details remain unclear, such as which architecture is based on which model, as the hash rate is sometimes significantly behind the RTX graphics cards. It remains to be seen whether the new CMP-HX cards will improve the poor availability of RTX graphics cards in retail.
Crypto brake for RTX 3060
The GeForce RTX 3060 also comes with a crypto brake to make it less interesting for mining. An interaction of driver, GPU and BIOS should ensure that the 50 percent reduction in performance in the Ethereum algorithm cannot be undermined by changed drivers or BIOS versions. However, this measure comes too late for the faster series.
GeForce RTX 3060 and MWC Shanghai next week
The same Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 will be launched in the coming week. A test report on ComputerBase will appear at the end of the NDA. In addition, the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021 will start on Tuesday, which after the cancellations last year could hold new smartphone presentations.
With this reading material in your luggage, the editors wish you a relaxing Sunday!