Hardware hits: AMD Radeon VII benchmarks leaked.
AMD’s new Radeon VII video card won’t be released until two weeks, but benchmarks have already been leaked. What is already out is the Intel Xeon W-3175X and a whole range of pink Razer products. There is also news of a declining turnover at Apple that, completely unexpectedly, is caused by too high iPhone prices.
Razer is giving a lot of products a pink makeover
Last year, Razer started offering the ‘quartz pink’ color option for a few products, but apparently it was so well received that Razer is taking it bigger this year. Last week, Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan showed a whole range of pink products, so they can be ordered in time for Valentine’s Day.
In addition to the four pink products that were launched in 2018 (the Lancehead Tournament Edition mouse, Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 keyboard, Kraken Pro V2 and Invicta mouse pad), a whole list has now been added:
- Razer Basilisk mouse – € 69.99
- Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma Mouse Pad – € 59.99
- Razer Huntsman keyboard – € 159.99
- Razer Kraken headset – € 79.99
- Razer Raiju Tournament Edition controller for PS4 – € 149.99
- Razer Seiren X microphone – € 109.99
- Razer Base Station Chroma headset standard – € 74.99
- Razer Phone case – € 29.99
- Razer Blade Stealth 13 Laptop – from USD 1,599.99
Intel launches most powerful processor ever with 28 cores
Last year, Intel faced more and more competition from AMD. Especially in the professional market, AMD is making great strides with their new Zen architecture, causing Intel to lose significant market share in the server market. This week, however, Intel showed that they are still competitive with the most powerful processor ever: the Xeon W-3175X.
This monster has 28 cores and a whopping 56 threads to solve the most difficult math problems for you. It is clearly not a consumer chip, but it will not be long before the first benchmark records are set with this chip. The chip is based on Intel’s 14nm ++ process and has a maximum boost frequency of 4.3GHz. In comparison, Intel’s other 28-core processor has a frequency of up to 3.8GHz. However, that step in the maximum frequency is not the only thing that makes the chip so interesting for benchmark records. The Xeon W-3175X has an unlocked multiplier, which means that the animal can be overclocked!
It is a pity that the processor has a suggested retail price of 3000 euros each for bulk purchases (1000 processors).
Revenue iPhone sales drop 15%
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, had warned about it, but now it’s official. Sales of new iPhones fell 15% in the last quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter in 2017. This is the first time that iPhone sales have declined since the launch of the first iPhone more than a decade ago.
In response to declining sales, Apple is considering lowering product prices in a number of countries. Although they don’t say it literally, it seems that Apple is aware that iPhones have risen too much in recent years. As a result, far fewer iPhones are sold in economically weaker areas than Apple initially anticipated.
AMD Radeon VII benchmarks leaked
AMD’s latest video card must soon compete with Nvidia’s RTX 2000 series and later Nvidia’s GTX 1600 series. However, based on leaked benchmarks that seems to be easy, because despite the lower price of the Radeon VII, the leaked benchmarks have a higher score than the RTX 2080. The graphics score in 3D Mark Fire Strike Ultra is about 5 to 10 percent higher than the RTX 2080.
However, a benchmark from Final Fantasy 15 shows a strange result. At 1440p and with default settings, the AMD Radeon VII is slightly faster than an Nvidia RTX 2070. However, if the settings are set to high, the performance drops below the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti! The leaked results must therefore still be taken with a good grain of salt.