We’re feeling a bit nostalgic here at Game Debate for some reason, and so we’ve decided to reminisce on the good ole days considering that no one is actually able to buy a brand new graphics card at the moment at a decent price, since prices have risen once again due to the global chip shortage currently going on.
So that got us thinking: what was your first ever graphics card? Was it a beast at the time? Or on the lower end of the spectrum as you tested your foot in the water? Was it a GPU already in your family’s machine? What was it? And what was the first one you bought yourself?
Despite the global chip shortage currently bottlenecking hardware supply and subsequently raising the prices of graphics cards again, one of the most exciting upcoming launches is Intel’s very own DG2 graphics card. We’ve heard very little about it so far, but a new leak suggests the top-end model performs between the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, and that Intel is working on their own alternative to Nvidia’s DLSS.
Let’s start off with the big one: Intel is planning to announce and release their DG2 desktop graphics card based on the Xe-HPG architecture by the end of the year. It will come in 3 different SKUs: the one with 512 EUs (Execution Units) will be the top-end model, followed by 2 more SKUs with 384 EUs, and 128 EUs.
Both Nvidia and AMD manufacture and release a range of gaming graphics cards for the PC gaming community, but they also launch professional workstation cards designed more for complex computational work across hundreds of applications. Essentially they’re not designed for gaming but more for actual work.
According to a new leak, it seems that AMD is working on a brand new Radeon Pro graphics card using the Navi 21 GPU featured in their RX 6000 series. We don’t know the full specs unfortunately, but there a few interesting bits of information we can gather from the leak already.
The current global chip shortage has affected nearly every electronics manufacturer across the globe, including those for PC hardware. We’ve seen demand skyrocket during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic yet supply dwindle as semiconductor companies try to keep up. But according to Acer, we could see the PC hardware shortages ease up by the second half of 2021.
In a recent interview, the President of Pan-Asia Pacific Operations for Acer, Andrew Hou, said that they became aware of issues with supply late last year. However, supply chain workers quickly “jumped into action” shortly after. Hou did mention that they expected better results by Q2 this year compared to Q1, but even then Hou says they are confident things will get better by the second half of 2021.
As the world faces a global chip shortage, almost every manufacturer that deals with electronic systems has been affected. Semiconductor manufacturers like TSMC have seen major supply issues due to component shortages which has affected many companies including Nvidia and AMD, but Intel’s supply of Rocket Lake CPUs have been pretty steady so far, and have mostly been pretty affordable at MSRP where other companies have seen price increases due to the situation.
Both Nvidia and AMD have been facing supply issues since the launch of their graphics cards like the RTX 30 series and RX 6000 series (as well as the Ryzen 5000 processors from AMD). But Intel has their own foundry to produce chips which has been pretty good for them so far.
As the global chip shortage affects almost every electronic device manufacturer, prices are rising for graphics cards once again including ASUS and MSI. But as supply is also low for the same reasons, it looks like Nvidia may be reviving some old GPUs in order to bolster capacity, including the GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 1650.
Reports online suggest both the ¬¬gc_id:3506[GTX 1080 Ti]¬¬ and ¬¬gc_id:4094[GTX 1650]¬¬ are getting new batches, with the 1080 Ti representing one of Nvidia's best and most successful enthusiast GPUs, and the GTX 1650 representing one of their best selling low-end cards.
We are currently seeing a massive shortage in chips across the whole world, which has now apparently reached a “crisis point” for many manufacturers. Since demand is so high and the global chip shortage is remaining a major problem, ASUS is reportedly considering raising their graphics card prices for the second time in a year.
If true, ASUS will be following in the footsteps of MSI who also raised their GPU prices for the second time back in March last month. The first price rise for both companies was due to increased prices for tariffs and components, but now the global chip shortage is to blame for increased prices.
Abe is back once again in Oddworld Soulstorm, launching today for PC exclusively on the Epic Games Store. But how well will it play? And what kind of hardware is needed to play it? The latest sequel represents a big leap in visuals and gameplay, but will it require a beefy PC in order to run?
Thankfully, the developers over at Oddworld Inhabitants, Inc. have now revealed the official ¬¬g_id:23750[Oddworld: Soulstorm]¬¬ PC system requirements and they're not too demanding at all. The minimum specs should be achievable by most, and the recommended requirements are pretty low so if you have some more modern hardware you'll easily be able to play Oddworld Soulstorm at its best.
Computers are fickle things. In fact, I’m completely convinced that nobody has any idea how they actually work. They’re like airplanes: there is no reason at all why a big chunk of metal heavier than an entire zoo standing on a dinner plate should be able to fly, yet it does.
When it comes to all things electronic, there’s a certain understanding that the user is expecting it to work without any issues whatsoever for a good long while. Manufacturers are usually so confident that they will offer up a warranty: “if it breaks, we’ll send you a new one” (obviously not that simple, but you get the idea).
Nvidia has apparently been having a tough time with the rumored RTX 3080 Ti’s development as the Green Team has already updated the specs 5 times now according to sources, and that’s only 5 times that we know of. But at this point we pretty much know it’s eventually coming, as Gigabyte has now registered 12 different models with the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission).
However, it looks like the launch which was originally reportedly planned for around mid-April, is now pushed back once again to May. If all goes according to plan then, we could be seeing both the ¬¬gc_id:5004[RTX 3080 Ti]¬¬ and ¬¬gc_id:5014[RTX 3070 Ti]¬¬ launch in the same month.