MacBook Pro, the chip offers quite impressive performance in gaming, while consuming less power. Only one game has been tested, but it still gives a glimpse of what the flea has in its stomach.
APPLE M2 IS FASTER THAN AMD RYZEN IN GAME
The Youtuber put the M2 and the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, equipped with the RDNA 2 iGPU, to the test in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The M2 outperformed its competitor by 10% at the highest graphics settings at 1920 x 1200 resolution. It averaged 28 fps, while the Ryzen 7 only went up to 25 fps. At low and medium graphics settings, the results remained consistent.
The most impressive thing is that Apple’s chip managed to overtake AMD’s by consuming only 18W, against 25 W for the Ryzen. This will result in drastically increasing the autonomy of MacBooks compared to Windows PCs.
As for the other tests, we can note that in Blender, the M2 takes a slight lead over the Intel Core i7-1260P Alder Lake chip, but loses against the Ryzen 7 6800U. Apple’s M2 dominates in Adobe Premiere Pro and even manages to beat some high-end 45W chips, which may be due to Apple specific optimization in the app. This is seen in GPU rendering applications such as Topaz Labs AI where the M2 SOC’s iGPU delivers impressive results.
However, Apple’s chip does less well than its competitors in Matlab or in Cinebench R23 in multicore.
GPD Win Max 2, a bright future with the Ryzen 7 6800U?
At the house of GPD, portable consoles are very different from what the competition offers and are closer to laptops or UMPCs. And the new machine win max 2 is no exception to this rule, with a keyboard that includes little extras on the upper part: joysticks, directional cross and buttons.
Why talk about it? Because the machine is advertised with a processor Intel Core i5-1260P or one AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, and the latter will simply make everyone agree. The performance advanced by AMD during the presentation were promising, and the figures that come out here confirm very good things for the future.
GPD presents its Win Max 2, the ultimate portable and gaming machine?
GPD has been presenting “portable PCs/consoles” for a few years and the brand returns with the Win Max 2. The launch of Valve’s Steam Deck served as a reminder that there is room for these machines, and not just at Nintendo. If Big N relies on experience and accessibility, the Steam Deck is based more on performance with a design similar to that of the Switch. GPD remains far from this universe and does not model its model on that of the famous hybrid console.
Its Win Max 2 looks little or like a classic laptop computer, and more particularly a netbook. Once trendy, these very small computers have not really survived due to their poor performance. GPD is part of another approach with its Win Max 2 and offers a real machine dedicated to gamers. The format remains portable and very compact (227 x 160 x 23 mm), even when comparing the Win Max 2 to a Steam Deck:
Beneath its PC looks, the Win Max 2 reminds us that it is also a console with its many game controllers. Above the keyboard, there are two analog sticks, a directional cross, buttons and softkeys (on the back). Magnetic covers hide and protect the controllers when not in use. Note the presence of two haptic motors and a six-axis gyroscope.
Small, but still strong
The PC/console offers a metal chassis and is equipped with a 10.1 inch touch screen. This panel can display a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (1920 x 1900 px by default); with a maximum brightness of 400 nits. The edges are thin and the touch screen on this machine leaves the choice between Intel and AMD.
The Win Max 2 comes with a Intel Core i7-1260P processor or an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U. The graphics circuit varies accordingly with an Iris Xe on one side (Intel) and Radeon 680M on the other (AMD). In both cases, we find 16 to 32 GB of RAM (LPDDR5-5200 for Intel configuration, 32 GB of LPDDR-6400 only at with AMD) and 1 to 2 TB of storage (NVMe PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD). Note the presence of two M.2 SSD slots (2280 and 2230) and a rather rich connection.
The machine offers three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4/USB4 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port or an HDMI 2.1 output. the CP/console also has slots for SD and microSD cards, as well as a 2 megapixel webcam and a 4G LTE modem (optional). Added to this is wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and four speakers for sound.
This very complete configuration uses a 67 Wh battery that promises 5 hours of play. Autonomy increases to 14 hours in office use and GPD offers a Power Delivery charge of 100 W. It allows you to go from 0 to 50% in 20 minutes.
Price and availability
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB storage: $899 (only 50 units, Indiegogo)
- Intel Core i5-1260, 16GB RAM, 1TB storage: $999 (Indiegogo), $1159 (reseller);
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB storage: $999 (Indiegogo), $1159 (reseller);
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB storage: $1199 (Indiegogo), $1359 (reseller);
- AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, 32 GB RAM, 2 TB storage: $1,299 (Indiegogo), $1,459 (reseller);
- 4G LTE modem: $79 (Indiegogo), $89 (reseller);
- Additional 1TB M.2 2230 SSD: $139 (Indiegogo), $145 (reseller).
At the heart of the GPD Win Max 2, the Ryzen 7 6800U blasts the Core i7-1260P
RUE DU COMMERCE CUTS THE PRICE OF THE RYZEN 7 5800X- 3.8/4.7 GHZ CPU DURING THE SUMMER SALE
The competition between AMD and Intel dated for years. With its Ryzen 7 5800X, AMD wants to compete with Intel’s Core i7-12700K. Due to these difficult times that we have just gone through, it seems difficult to choose your PC components without breaking the bank. The price of processors has risen sharply, sometimes doubling the tariff. On the Rue du Commerce site, the Ryzen 7 5800X CPU was initially at 383 euros, and it is now at 279 euros during these summer sales.
This is a great opportunity if you are looking for a great chip for your new setup. It has 8 cores, 16 threads and 32 MB of cache memory. In terms of frequency, it runs at 3.8 GHz and can peak at 4.7 GHz in turbo mode. It is quite sober in terms of power consumption with a TDP of 105 Watts by limiting heating. So you can save a big expensive cooler or avoid buying an overpriced AIO.
THE RYZEN 7 5800X IS ONE OF THE BEST PROCESSORS TODAY
This processor comes with an AMD Wraith Stealth cooler, but we strongly recommend that you opt for a more powerful model. This chip uses the very common AM4 socket, which means you can get compatible motherboards everywhere. In addition, they are very affordable including the X570 southbridge.
If you don’t want to invest in DDR5 RAM either, this CPU will work just fine with your recent setup. In fact, it can handle DDR4 RAM at speeds of up to 3200 MHz. If we turn to gaming, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X will perfectly accompany you for years to come. It must obviously be paired with a good graphics card. This processor can efficiently optimize its resources when using certain applications.
If you are looking for an ideal processor for your gaming configuration, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is one of the best processors on the market. In addition, its price is accessible to everyone.
Indeed, the first prices, more or less 986 euros, have a fairly similar level of equipment. There are 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM (5200 on Intel / 6400 on AMD) and a 2230 NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD of 1 TB.
However, while one version of Win Max 2 is based on an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, the second is based on Intel and its Core i7-1260P. There is therefore a duel between an APU combining Zen 3+ (CPU) and RDNA 2 (GPU), and an Alder Lake CPU supported by the Iris Xe iGPU.
A frank rout
A certain The Phawx got his hands on both versions of the GPD Win Max 2 and didn’t hesitate to compare the performances he obtained on both. However, the style opposition is cut short, and there really isn’t even a match… at least in video games.
For example, tested on Arkham Knight, Borderlands 3, Cyberpunk 2077 or even Forza Horizon, the two versions of Win Max 2 rank very clearly: the Ryzen 7 6800U is still clearly ahead of the Core i7-1260P and overflows it even when the TDP is greatly reduced.