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Maxis Awards To Drive Outstanding Malaysian Initiatives!

Maxis Awards To Drive Malaysian Social Initiatives!

Maxis just launched the Maxis Awards, to support outstanding Malaysian social initiatives for the rakyat!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Maxis Awards To Drive Outstanding Malaysian Social Initiatives!

On 2 September 2021, Maxis launched their inaugural Maxis Awards, to recognise and support outstanding Malaysian social initiatives that drive positive impact to the rakyat.

Maxis Awards is a social enterprise programme that seeks out visionary ideas from these Malaysian heroes, and collaborates to bring them to life.

Maxis is committing RM 5 million worth of support to help develop, and promote these winning projects over the course of the next year.

 

Maxis Awards : How Does It Work?

Maxis Awards kicked off last month, with an invitation for enterprises to submit proposals on projects that will drive positive change with a significant impact on the community.

The proposals will be evaluated by a panel of Maxis judges, and shortlisted enterprises will then present their projects to these judges who will select the winners based on these three criteria :

  • innovation
  • role of technology
  • clearly demonstrates added value to the community, either economically, socially and/or environmentally.

Several Malaysian-based projects will be selected in the coming year, with the first two winning projects to be announced later this month.

Maxis will help these winners develop their projects over the next year, from the ideation stage up to the execution and marketing of their projects, including :

  • Maxis Business solutions and technical experts for collaboration, IoT, cloud, voice, network and/or security
  • Cash funding to help cover operational needs
  • Marketing and publicity through the media and Maxis-owned channels.

 

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Epson EcoTank L3150 / ET-2710 Review : Editor’s Choice!

If you want a cheap colour printer that can print great photos for mere pennies, we give you – the Epson EcoTank L3150, also known as the EcoTank ET-2710 in some markets.

Find out why we gave this affordable multifunction colour printer our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Epson EcoTank Family : A Quick Primer!

Pearly Lee, Product Manage of Epson Malaysia explains the key features and benefits of the Epson EcoTank printer family. Note their vast advantages over their laser and ink cartridge printer rivals.

The EcoTank M-series has 24 times lower power consumption, and deliver 28 times lower overall cost per print compared to laser printers, with a single Epson EcoTank Monochrome bottle yielding 6,000 black and white pages!

The EcoTank L-series colour printers, on the other hand, delivers incredibly low cost per print of 0.52 sen (0.13 cent) per page for black, and 0.94 sen (0.24 cent) per page for colour.

How did they do that? A set of 4 Epson ink bottles yields 4,500 black and white pages and 7,500 colour pages!

In this review, we are going to take a look at the mainstay of the L series – the EcoTank L3150 (also known as EcoTank ET-2710 in some markets).

 

Epson EcoTank L3150 : Price + Availability

The Epson EcoTank L3150 is available for purchase with a recommended retail price of RM 599, which is about US$140 / £110 / A$199 / S$195. Here are some online purchase options :

And here’s where to check how much the Epson 003 / 103 / 104 ink bottles cost :

And here’s where to buy Epson Photo Papers :

 

Epson EcoTank L3150 : What’s Inside The Box?

The Epson EcoTank L3150 comes with everything you need to print right out of the box. All you need is paper :

  • One Epson EcoTank L3150 printer
  • One set of Epson 003 ink bottles (CMYK)
  • One set of Epson L3150 user guides and software CD
  • One set of power cable and USB data cable

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Epson EcoTank L3150 : Key Features

The Epson EcoTank L3150 is the mainstay of the EcoTank L-series of multifunction colour printers, offering the ability to scan, copy and print in colour wirelessly.

Colour Scanning + Copying

Flip open the top cover, and you will find a high-resolution colour scanner, with a resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi, and a 24-bit colour depth.

This built-in scanner lets you make black and white or colour photocopies, albeit only at a lower resolution of 600 x 600 dpi.

Colour Printing

The Epson EcoTank L3150 uses Variable-Sized Droplet technology to deliver a maximum print resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi, at up to 33 pages per minute (black) and 15 pages per minute (colour).

But its call to fame is its EcoTank system, with CYMK colours – cyan, yellow, magenta and black – that delivers incredibly low cost per print.

A single set of four Epson 003 ink bottles (Epson 103 / 104 in some countries) will let you print up to 4,500 pages (black) and 7,500 pages (colour).

That works out to just 0.52 sen (0.13 cent) per page for black, and 0.94 sen (0.24 cent) per page for colour!

USB + Wireless Connectivity

Like other printers, it can be connected to your computer through a USB cable. However, it is not even necessary to use the cable.

The EcoTank L3150 has WiFi-N connectivity built-in, so you can just plug in the power cable and start printing wirelessly from your computer, or even your smartphone or tablet.

In fact, you can even print remotely from your devices through Google Cloud Print!

Paper Support

The Epson EcoTank L3150 supports printing on paper up to A4 or Letter, with a maximum weight of 80 g/m2 for plain paper.

But it supports photo paper, which are much thicker and heavier. Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper, for example, has a paper weight of 225 g/m2.

It also supports 4R borderless printing – that’s 4 inch x 6 inch, preferably using the Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper.

The print quality on plain paper is acceptable for presentations, but not for photos – they appear dull as you can see in the video above.

For photo printing, you must use photo paper. The print quality on photo paper is worlds apart from what you can get on plain paper. The colours are deeper and a lot more vibrant, and your photos will actually look like photos!

The video may not show it, but the detail in the photo is amazing. As long as you print with high-resolution photos, the printer will deliver colour print resolution of up to 5760 x 1440 dots per inch!

The print-outs do come out a little darker than our display. But that’s easily corrected by adjusting the exposure in the photos before printing.

But without a doubt, the Epson L3150 offers a very cheap photo printing solution. The cost of printing a large A4 photo is only 75 sen (about 18 cents), including both photo paper and ink!

 

Epson EcoTank L3150 : Specifications

Specifications Epson EcoTank L3150
Printer Type Multi-Function (Print, Scan, Copy)
Printing Technology Piezoelectric Inkjet
Nozzle Configuration Black : 180 nozzles
Yellow : 59 nozzles
Magenta : 59 nozzles
Cyan : 59 nozzles
Print Direction Bi-Directional
Maximum Print Resolution 5760 x 1440 dpi
(Variable-Sized Droplet Technology)
Minimum Ink Droplet size 3 picolitre
Automatic 2-Sided Printing No
Print Speed 4×6″ Photo (Border) : 69 seconds
4×6″ Photo (Borderless) : 90 seconds
A4 Black (Draft) : 33 ppm
A4 Black (Simplex) : 10 ipm
A4 Colour (Draft) : 15 ppm
A4 Colour (Simplex) : 5 ipm
Paper Support Premium Glossy Photo Paper : 20 sheets
Envelope : 10 sheets
Postcard : 30 sheets
A4 / Letter Paper (80 g/m2) : 100 sheets
Print Noise Plain Paper : 52 dB(A)
Premium Photo Paper : 38 dB(A)
Ink Bottle Yield Black : 4,500 pages
Cyan + Magenta + Yellow : 7,500 pages
Maximum Paper Size 215.9 mm x 1200 mm
Scanner Type Flatbed Colour Scanner
Scanner Sensor Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
Optical Resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi
Scanner Bit Depth 48-bit input, 24-bit output
Scan Speed Black, 200 dpi : 11 seconds
Colour, 200 dpi : 28 seconds
Maximum Scan Area 216 mm x 297 mm
Copy Size A4 / Letter
Copy Resolution 600 x 600 dpi
Copy Speed Black : 7.7 ipm
Colour : 3.8 ipm
Connectivity Wired : USB 2.0
LAN : No
Wireless : WiFi-N (with Wi-Fi Direct)
Power Consumption Operating : 12 W
Standby : 4.3 W
Sleep : 0.7 W
Power Off : 0.3 W

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Epson EcoTank L3150 : Our Verdict + Award

When Epson first revealed their EcoTank system, we were very impressed. Finally, we could now print to our heart’s content without breaking the bank.

The Epson EcoTank L3150 is not only highly affordable at just RM 599 (about US$140 / £110 / A$199 / S$195), it offers really low printing costs.

A single set of ink bottles, which costs less than RM 90 (US$21 / £16 / A$29 / S$29) will let you print up to 24 reams of paper – 12,000 pages. That’s A LOT of printing!

Of course, the ink usage and cost is higher if you print in high quality. But even if you get half the rated capacity, it’s so cheap you wouldn’t even bother with “compatible ink” options.

The Epson EcoTank L3150 is a great photo printer, just not on plain paper. You must print photos on photo paper. We cannot stress this enough.

The print quality on plain paper lacks the vividness and deep colours you can get from photo printers with 6-ink or 8-ink print systems, or if you use photo paper.

Photo paper not only delivers the vibrant colours and incredible print resolution, it is also thicker. The recommended Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper, for example, has a paper weight of 225 gm.

While the L3150 is officially limited to 80 gm plain paper, it supports much heavier photo paper. So unofficially, it will support art card and heavier plain paper stocks.

The Epson EcoTank L3150 is, ultimately, an affordable multifunction printer for the family or SOHO.

It lets you freely print and make colour copies without worrying about the cost; with the ability to scan full A4 / Letter documents.

We cannot stress the very low cost of ownership enough, because many competing printers are cheaper, but kill you with their high printing costs.

On top of that, it offers fast and convenient wireless printing capability, not just on the same wireless network, but literally from anywhere in the world!

Because it offers a great combination of features, excellent print quality, and low cost of ownership, we believe the Epson EcoTank L3150 deserves no less than our Editor’s Choice Award! Great job, Epson!

 

Epson EcoTank L3150 : Where To Buy

The Epson EcoTank L3150 is available for purchase with a recommended retail price of RM 599, which is about US$140 / £110 / A$199 / S$195. Here are some online purchase options :

And here’s where to check how much the Epson 003 / 103 / 104 ink bottles cost :

And here’s where to buy Epson Photo Papers :

 

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Samsung Galaxy A52 Review : An Awesome Deal Indeed!

We take a close look at the Samsung Galaxy A52, which promises to offer an incredible package of features and performance!

Find out what the Galaxy A52 offers, and why we gave it our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Awesome Is For Everyone!

Designed for the new normal, the Samsung Galaxy A52 promises to offer an incredible package of features and performance!

As Samsung’s official advertisement for the 2021 Galaxy A series says, Awesome Is For Everyone!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the Galaxy A52 against the Galaxy A72 :

Specifications Galaxy A72 Galaxy A52
Display Type Super AMOLED
Display Size 6.7-inch 6.5-inch
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Display Refresh Up to 90 Hz
Display Brightness 800 nits maximum
Protection NA
IP Rating IP67
Operating System Android 11
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
CPU 2 x Kryo 570 Gold cores (2.3 GHz)
6 x Kryo 570 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 619
Memory + Storage 8 GB + 256 GB
Storage Expansion microSD card : up to 1 TB
Front Camera 32 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Camera 64 MP (f/1.8)
Ultra Wide Camera 12 MP (f/2.2)
Telephoto Camera 8 MP (f/2.4)
Macro Camera 5 MP (f/2.4)
Depth Sensor 5 MP (f/2.4)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi 5 (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display
NFC Yes
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic,
Hall sensor, Light sensor, Proximity
Audio AKG stereo speakers
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W fast charging
Dimensions 77.4 mm wide
165.0 mm tall
8
.4 mm thick
75.1 mm wide
159.9 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
Weight 203 g 189 g

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy A52 will come in four colour options – Awesome Violet, Awesome White, Awesome Black and Awesome Blue.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a launch price of RM1,499 (approx. US$362 / £262 / A$474 / S$487) with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Here in Malaysia, it will come with a FREE clear standing cover worth RM109.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : What’s Inside The Box?

We got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy A52, and unboxed it in this video :

Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone
  • Set of Samsung Galaxy A52 documents
  • Samsung EP-TA200 15-watt USB fast charger
  • USB Type A to USB Type C data and power cable
  • SIM tray pin

Even though Samsung bundled it with a charger, they did not include a free bumper case.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Setting It Up!

Let’s show you just how easy it is to setup the Galaxy A52 for the first time!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Hands-On Experience!

Now, let’s take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone…

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : Key Features

6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

You may be delighted to learn that it not only supports a higher 90 Hz refresh rate, it also has 800 nits of maximum brightness!

The display is also Eye Care-certified, and automatically adjusts its colour temperature to reduce eye fatigue – what Samsung calls Eye Comfort Shield.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G (SM7225) mobile platform, which consists of :

  • 2 x high-performance Kryo 570 Gold cores, running at up to 2.3 GHz
  • 6 x low-power Kryo 570 Silver cores, running at up to 1.8 GHz
  • Qualcomm Adreno 619 GPU
  • Qualcomm Hexagon 694 NPU
  • Qualcomm Spectra 355L ISP

Fabricated on the 8 nm process technology, this mid-range mobile SoC promises to deliver 20% faster CPU, 20% faster AI and 10% faster graphics performance over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 730G.

RAM + Storage

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. This is way more than what most users can ever expect to use.

But if you actually need more storage, it comes with a hybrid SIM tray, which allows you to add a microSD card for more storage!

1 + 4 Cameras!

The Samsung Galaxy A52 boasts a 32 MP front camera, with a wide f/2.2 aperture. The ultra-high resolution is, frankly, overkill for a selfie camera.

So if you don’t need the high resolution, switch to the 8 MP resolution for better low-light photos and videos.

In the back, it has a quad camera system that consists of :

  • 64 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • 5 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture
  • 5 MP depth camera, with f/2.4 aperture

We should point out that the depth camera doesn’t take any photos.. It just obtains depth data to allow for more accurate software bokeh effects.

We really like how the matte colour scheme makes the slight camera bump appear even less conspicuous.

Connectivity

While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is a 5G platform, 5G connectivity was turned off in our Galaxy A52. It may be offered as a 5G model in some countries, but not in Malaysia.

That’s just fine by us as we don’t see 5G connectivity becoming widespread for at least 3-4 more years! Turning off 5G will also help save power and extend battery life.

It also supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), as well as Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type C connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy Ecosystem

The Samsung Galaxy A52 will allow you to be part of the Samsung ecosystem through these features :

  • SmartThings lets you connect to, and control, smart devices including wearables, tablets, PCs and TVs.
  • SmartThings Find lets you easily locate paired Galaxy devices, or using the Galaxy SmartTag.
  • Music Share lets you sync your phone with a friend’s device to share music, without speaker pairing.
  • Buds Together lets you pair your phone with two sets of Galaxy Buds, to listen together!
  • Quick Share lets you easily and quickly send pictures and videos of any size to nearby Galaxy devices.
  • Private Share lets you revoke photos and videos you shared with just a tap!

Security + Protection

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has Samsung Knox built-in, providing you with a defence-grade enclave to store your sensitive information and data.

is IP67-rated against dust- and water-resistance. This protects it against accidental water splashes, and immersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

We should point out that Samsung warns against immersing it in seawater, the swimming pool or in soapy water.

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : Camera Performance + Photo Samples

The Samsung Galaxy A52’s 64 MP main camera takes 16 MP photos by default, with a resolution of 4624 x 3468 pixels.

The 46 MP sensor basically combines four pixels into one large “virtual pixel”, for better image quality and low-light performance.

The Galaxy A52 produces very good photos with really incredible detail at 16 MP, so stick with that unless you are planning to print really large format photos.

While the wide f/1.8 aperture creates a narrow depth-of-field, so there is the risk of ending up with an out-of-focus photo.

It is easy to “fix” that problem by tapping on the screen to make sure the camera focuses exactly where you want it to.

While this works with all smartphones, the Galaxy A52 does a much better job focusing than say, the Redmi 9T.

Here are ten unedited photo samples for you to check out.

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a large 4,500 mAh battery.

To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.

Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.

It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the ambient brightness changes.

We then ran the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and this was the best result we obtained with 60 Hz and 90 Hz refresh rates :

Work 2.0 Galaxy A52
(60 Hz)
Redmi 9T Galaxy A52
(90 Hz)
Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Note20
Ultra
Battery Capacity 4,500 mAh 6,000 mAh 4,500 mAh 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Battery Life 15 hrs
33 mins
19 hrs
50 mins
12 hrs
30 mins
11 hrs
32 mins
10 hrs
9 mins
Battery Utilisation
(per min.)
3.86 mAh 4.03 mAh 4.80 mAh 5.78 mAh 5.91 mAh
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That’s excellent battery life! Over 15.5 hours with the display set to 60 Hz, and 12.5 hours with a 90 Hz refresh rate.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Recharging Speed

Take a look at how fast it recharges its 4,500 mAh battery.

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Battery Capacity 5,000 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh 4,500 mAh 6,000 mAh
Charger Output 25 watts 25 watts 25 watts 15 watts 18 watts
Recharging Time 57.5 mins 63 mins 66.5 mins 84.5 mins 184 mins
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Very nice! Even though it only comes with a 15 watt fast charger, the Samsung Galaxy A52 recharged 62% faster than the Redmi 9T with its 18 watt fast charger!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Work Performance

We tested the Galaxy A52 using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Note20
Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
A52
Galaxy
S10+
Redmi 9T
Mobile Platform Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
SD 750G Exynos
9820
SD 662
Performance Score

(Average)

10523 8981 7874 7846 5986
Web Browsing 8865 8293 7021 8583 5844
Video Editing 6232 9166 5693 5524 3423
Writing 11112 9579 7454 9076 6657
Photo Editing 30789 19376 15812 10710 12031
Data Manipulation 6825 6155 6424 6450 4799

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is a powerful mid-range mobile SoC. It is actually as powerful as the flagship Samsung Exynos 9820 in work applications!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 Gaming Performance : 3DMark

For gaming, we first tested the Galaxy A52 using 3DMark, with these results :

3DMark Note20
Ultra
Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
S10+
Galaxy
A52
Redmi 9T
Device Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
Exynos
9820
SD 750G SD 662
Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL) 6642 5037 4470 2565 1174
Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) 5722 4794 4314 2416 1098
Sling Shot 8128 4883 4343 3764 1844

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is definitely not as fast in games, as flagship mobile platforms. But it is just over twice as fast as mid-range smartphones like the Redmi 9T.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 Overall Performance : AnTuTu

We then tested the Galaxy A52 using AnTuTu, yielding these results :

AnTuTu Note20
Ultra
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Note10+
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S10+
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Device Exynos
990
Exynos
9825
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9820
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662
AnTuTu Score 522735 348397 341908 330549 173559
CPU 146783 101187 105098 100272 64505
GPU 215205 156700 88068 149930 31734
Memory 89376 72051 60642 68188 40377
UX 71371 18459 88100 12159 36943

Will you look at that? The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G is right between the Exynos 9820 and Exynos 9825 – both flagship mobile SoCs from Samsung.

It is also notably twice as fast as the old Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 used in the Xiaomi Redmi 9T.

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : A Quick Wrap

The Galaxy A52 offers quite the awesome deal that Samsung promised. Let’s do a quick wrap of what we really liked about it.

Very Nice Display

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a very nice 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate, and brightness of up to 800 nits!

Great Performance

We are very glad Samsung built the Galaxy A52 around the Snapdragon 750G, which proved to offer really good CPU and GPU performance. It feels like a flagship device, without the flagship price.

Nice Set Of Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a very nice set of cameras – both in front and in the back.

The 64 MP main camera and 12 MP ultra-wide camera are the main stars. The 5 MP macro camera will not see much use, but at least it is better than the 2 MP macro camera that comes in some mid-range devices!

The image quality of the 64 MP main camera, in particular, is superb in its default 16 MP mode.

Long Battery Life, Fast Recharging

You will really like how long the Galaxy A52 lasts, and how fast it recharges.

Small Niceties

There are a couple of small features that could be very important, and yet are not available in other mid-range smartphones :

  • 3.5 mm audio port
  • AKG-tuned speakers
  • Triple card tray with microSD card slot

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Our Verdict + Award

The Samsung Galaxy A52 offers a lot of great features and a very long battery life, at a great price point.

There are very few smartphones at this price point that would offer you a large 90 Hz Super AMOLED display, a powerful processor and a 64 MP camera system, with a large battery.

This is why we believe it deserves nothing less than our Editor’s Choice Award! Congratulations, Samsung!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a launch price of RM1,499 (approx. US$362 / £262 / A$474 / S$487) with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Here in Malaysia, it will come with a FREE clear standing cover worth RM109.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review : RDNA 2 Rocks!

Thanks to the new RDNA 2 architecture, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is a killer graphics card, with serious raytracing chops!

Find out why we gave the Radeon RX 6800 XT our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Powered By RDNA 2!

  • DirectX 12 Ultimate – offering support for the next-generation games with DirectX Raytracing and Variable Rate Shading.
  • New Ray Accelerator – delivers real-time lighting, shadow and reflection realism through DirectX Raytracing.
  • Variable Rate Sharing (VRS) – dynamically reduces shading rate for better performance at little to no loss in image quality.
  • DirectStorage Support – delivers faster load times and high-quality textures in the future.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Price + Availability

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT has a RRP of US$649, and will be available for sale starting 18 November 2020.

Custom boards will be available from brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte starting in November 2020.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Specifications

This table summarises how the RX 6800 XT compares against the RX 6900 XT and the RX 6800.

Specifications Radeon RX
6900 XT
Radeon RX
6800 XT
Radeon RX
6800
Transistors 26.8 billion
Fab Process 7 nm
Die Size 519 mm²
Total Graphics Power 300 W 250 W
Compute Units 80 72 60
Ray Accelerators 80 72 60
Stream Processors 5120 4608 3840
Game Clock 2015 MHz 2015 MHz 1815 MHz
Boost Clock 2250 MHz 2250 MHz 2105 MHz
TFLOPS 23.04 20.74 16.17
TMUs 320 288 240
Max. Texture Rate 720 GT/s 648 GT/s 505 GT/s
ROPs 128 96
Max. Pixel Rate 288 GP/s 202 GP/s
Infinity Cache 128 MB
Graphics Memory 16 GB GDDR6 (16 Gbps)
Bus Width 256-bit
Bandwidth 512 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x16

 

Unboxing The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT comes in a large and heavy cardboard box. Very heavy duty, with thick foam packaging.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Hands-On Experience!

Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT in our hands-on video, and pictures.

Be careful when you handle it, because it is a rather bulky and heavy card.

That’s partly because it comes with a large (and heavy) 2.5-slot cooler with triple axial fans.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is kept cool by a really thick heatsink, covered by a shroud with triple axial fans.

Part of the reason why it’s so heavy – it has a full-length die-cast aluminium backplate at the back.

Here you can see its thick heatsink, and how its cooler is designed to suck in air from the front of the card, and exhaust the hot air from the top and the bottom of the card.

It has four display connectors. From left to right : one USB Type C port, two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and one HDMI 2.1 port.

The card uses up to 300 watts of power, and comes with two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors.

It should work with two 6-pin power cables though – both 8-pin and 6-pin cables deliver 150 watts.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT supports PCI Express 4.0, which offers double the bandwidth of PCI Express 3.0.

However, that requires you to use a PCI Express 4.0 motherboard, like the recommended AMD X570 motherboards.

But do not fret if you are on the Intel platform. It is backward-compatible with PCI Express 3.0, and will work just fine with PCIe 3.0 motherboards.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance (with and without Smart Access Memory), and compare it to seven other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications:

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Graphics
Memory
Memory
Bandwidth
Radeon RX 6800 XT 580.3 GT/s 257.9 GP/s 16 GB GDDR6 512 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 316.8 GT/s 105.6 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 496 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 XT 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 2070 SUPER 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 224.3 GT/s 102.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage 1TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Graphics Drivers NVIDIA GameReady Driver 457.30
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.45.01.12-11.6 Beta

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : In Action!

Our testbed pairs the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor with the ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII Hero (AMD X570) motherboard, with 32 GB of DDR4 memory.

Take a look at the Radeon RX 6800 XT in action, and listen to how quiet it sounds… even when it revs up during the strenuous part of the test!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Peak Exhaust Temperature

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Rated for 300 watts, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is definitely a hot card, blowing out really hot air like a hairdryer. The good news is – its triple axial fans are quiet even during the most strenuous tests.

But please make sure your case is well-ventilated, as the hot air is expelled from the top and bottom of the card, and will recirculate within the case.

It will get really, REALLY hot inside the chassis if you don’t ventilate well!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Look at that! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 52% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 73% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER!

In the overall gaming score, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT ends up about 42% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 58% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER. Very impressive!

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT did even better – it was about 56% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 77% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER!

In the overall score, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 48% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 65% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER!

Port Royal (Ray Tracing)

Nice! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 29% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 49% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER in ray tracing!

DirectX Raytracing Test

We ran the standalone DirectX Raytracing test too, and it confirmed that the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 22% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 47% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER in ray tracing!

PCI Express Bandwidth

The AMD cards all support PCI Express 4.0, which gives them an edge over the NVIDIA cards.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Very impressive! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 48% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 53% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

When we turned on Smart Access Memory, it was about 58% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 62% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT pulled further ahead – it was about 57% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 64% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

When we turned on Smart Access Memory, it was about 74% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 82% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

2160p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! It was far ahead of the competition at 4K!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was about 61% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 77% faster than the RX 5700 XT!

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was about 84% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 XT!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was only 11% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 21% faster than the RX 5700 XT and RTX 2070 SUPER.

Smart Access Memory did not make much of a difference – it was about 13% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 23% faster than the RX 5700 XT and RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

But when we ramped up the resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT showed its real mettle!

With or without Smart Access Memory, it was 52% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER70% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 75% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT further extended its lead at the 4K resolution.

It was now 69% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER92% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 76% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER2X faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 2.1X faster than the RX 5700 XT.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 49% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER68% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 74% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 49% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER75% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 85% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 44% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER71% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 97% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Dirt 5

Dirt 5 is a brand new off-road racing game by Codemasters, released on 6 November 2020.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game appears to be highly-optimised for AMD graphics cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

 

Look at that! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 70% faster than the RX 5700 XT72% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 97% faster than the RX 5700 and RTX 2070 SUPER.

Smart Access Memory gave it a small boost, making it 77% faster than the RX 5700 XT79% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 and RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 64% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER73% faster than the RX 5700 XT, and 87% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 80% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER91% faster than the RX 5700 XT, and 2X faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was the only card capable of delivering frame rates in excess of 60 fps with maximum image quality.

It was 65% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 88% faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 69% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 93% faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 44% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 63% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 71% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti and the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 45% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 67% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER72% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 77% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 45% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, and 60% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER68% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 78% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics is a turn-based tactical combat game, released on 28 April 2020.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 10% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER19% faster than the RX 5700, and 26% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER25% faster than the RX 5700, and 33% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 2% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER14% faster than the RX 5700, and 18% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 12% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER25% faster than the RX 5700, and 30% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

That changed at the 4K resolution. Suddenly, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER managed to edge out the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 5% slower than the RTX 2080 SUPER22% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 30% faster than the RX 5700 and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 2% slower than the RTX 2080 SUPER27% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 35% faster than the RX 5700 and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Star Control : Origins

Star Control : Origins is a procedurally-generated action adventure game, released on 20 September 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Great Graphics settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 27% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 38% faster than the RX 5700 XT, 41% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 42% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 30% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 43% faster than the RX 5700 XT, 44% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 48% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 34% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 51% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 53% faster than the RX 5700 XT, and 55% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an action adventure game released on 14 September 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 22% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 40% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 55% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 67% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 32% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 51% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 67% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 80% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 34% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 52% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 69% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 82% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 41% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 60% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 78% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 92% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 40% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 63% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 75% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 96% faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 43% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 67% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, 79% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, and 2X faster than the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2060 SUPER.

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Performance : Total War Saga : TROY

Total War Saga : TROY is a new turn-based strategy game released on 13 August 2020.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 20% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 26% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 32% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 47% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 39% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 46% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 53% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 71% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 34% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 43% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 48% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 58% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 48% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 57% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 62% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 74% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT was 36% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 40% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 53% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 69% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

With Smart Access Memory enabled, it was 42% faster than the RTX 2080 SUPER, 46% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 59% faster than the RTX 2070 SUPER, and 76% faster than the RX 5700 XT.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Our Verdict + Award!

The new RDNA 2 architecture delivered what AMD promised – a serious threat to NVIDIA’s dominance in gaming performance.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is an impressive piece of work, offering seriously good gaming performance, with really competitive ray tracing performance.

Pundits may have been worried about its relatively narrow 256-bit memory bus, but the new Infinity Cache appears to have solved that problem.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say… and our benchmarks have shown that the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is a leap forward in gaming performance!

Here is a quick summary of its gaming performance over the last-generation Radeon RX 5700 XT.

  • Time Spy | Time Spy Extreme : +91%
  • The Division 2 : +82%
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider : +77%
  • Metro Exodus : +75%
  • Dirt 5 : +75%
  • F1 2019 : +61%
  • Total War Saga TROY : +55%
  • World War Z : +53%
  • Star Control Origins : +44%
  • Gears Tactics : +27%

And here is how it compares against NVIDIA’s last-generation GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

  • Dirt 5 : +68%
  • Time Spy | Time Spy Extreme : +55%
  • F1 2019 : +54%
  • The Division 2 : +49%
  • Metro Exodus : +45%
  • World War Z : +36%
  • Star Control Origins : +30%
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider : +29%
  • Total War Saga TROY : +28%
  • Gears Tactics : +12%

As you can see, we are talking about a completely new level of gaming performance. Significant enough that it’s worth upgrading from the last-generation cards, never mind older cards!

But we do have to caution you about one thing – its considerable heat output. With a board power of 300 watts, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT produces A LOT of heat.

Fortunately, the triple axial fans are more than capable of keeping it cool… while remaining very quiet.

However, the heat it produces may interfere with CPU performance, if you are pairing it with powerful but hot 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor.

If you do not ensure that there is adequate ventilation inside the case, the heat build-up could result in thermal throttling of the CPU and/or graphics card.

That issue aside, we would like to applaud AMD for a job well done! The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is an awesome graphics card, and it deserves no less than our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Price + Availability

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT has a RRP of US$649, and will be available for sale starting 18 November 2020.

Custom boards will be available from brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte starting in November 2020.

 

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X In-Depth Review : 16-Core Behemoth!

Built on the new Zen 3 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X promises to offer unparalleled 16-core, 32-thread performance!

Take a look at its performance in our in-depth review, and find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Built On Zen 3

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, which promises to deliver 19% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the last generation, thanks to these new features :

  • improved load / store performance and flexibility
  • double the size of directly-accessible L3 cache per core
  • a unified 8-core complex (CCX) with direct access to the 32 MB L3 cache
  • wider issue in floating point and integer engines
  • Zero Bubble branch prediction

The new architecture also reduces memory latency through improved core and cache communication, and offer a higher maximum boost clock.

This allows the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors to deliver up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax, in Malaysia :

  • Malaysia : RM 3,699 (~US$889) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 799

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X comes in a slimmer box, because it doesn’t come with any bundled cooler.

The last-generation Ryzen 9 3900X, you may recall, came with the Wraith Prism cooler.

 

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X has sixteen Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.4 GHz base clock, and a 4.9 GHz boost clock.

It has a 105 watt TDP, and supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means it can handle up to 32 threads simultaneously.

Like the 3rd Gen Ryzen, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, for an 8 MB L2 cache size; and a massive 64 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, and later, the AMD 400 series as well, after a simple BIOS update.

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AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the Zen architecture, delivering a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) through these improvements :

Front-End Enhancements

  • Faster fetching, especially for branchy and large-footprint code
  • L1 branch target buffer doubled in size to 1024 entries for better prediction latency
  • Improved branch predictor bandwidth
  • Faster recovery from misprediction
  • “No bubble” prediction capabilities to make back-to-back predictions more quickly and better handle branchy code
  • Faster sequencing of op-cache fetches
  • Finer granularity in switching of op-cache pipes

Execution Engines

  • Reduce latency and enlarge structures to extract higher instruction-level parallelism (ILP)
  • New dedicated branch and st-data pickers for integer, now at 10 issues per cycle (+3 vs. Zen 2)
  • Larger integer window at +32 vs. Zen 2
  • Reduced latency for select float and int operations
  • Floating point has increased bandwidth by +2 for a total of 6-wide dispatch and issue
  • Floating point FMAC is now 1 cycle faster

Load Store

  • Larger structures and better prefetching to support the enhanced execution engine bandwidth
  • Overall higher bandwidth to feed the appetite of the larger/faster execution resources
  • Higher load bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • Higher store bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1
  • More flexibility in load/store operations
  • Improved memory dependence detection
  • +4 table walkers in the TLB

SOC Architecture

  • Reduce dependency on main memory accesses, reduce core-to-core latency, reduce core-to-cache latency.
  • Unify all cores in a CCD into a single unified complex consisting of 4, 6, or 8 contiguous cores
  • Unify all L3 cache in a CCD into a single contiguous element of up to 32MB
  • Rearchitect core/cache communication into a ring system

 

AMD Zen 3 SoC Design

In addition to micro architectural improvements, Zen 3 (Vermeer) also features SoC design changes.

In Zen 2, each CCD (Compute Die) is made up of two CCX (core complexes), each with a 16 MB L3 cache.

Zen 3 uses a unified complex, in which each CCD now contains a single CCX with a unified 32 MB L3 cache.

This unified CCD design eliminates CCX-to-CCX communication, greatly improving core-to-core latency.

On the other hand, AMD reused the chiplet design, with one or two CCDs (fabricated on 7 nm) paired with a 12 nm IOD (I/O Die).

Reads from CCD to IO are still 2X write, to conserve die area and transistor budget. And it uses the same IOD from Matisse (Zen 2).

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the content creation and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Cores /
Threads
Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Memory
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 / 32 3.4 GHz 4.9 GHz 8 MB 64 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 / 16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4 / 8 3.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 2 MB 16 MB DDR4-3200

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbed
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (GeForce 457.09)
Storage 1 TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : 3D Rendering Speed

CINEBENCH R20 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software.

It is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R20 Single Core Performance

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

Like the Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 9 5950X broke past the 600 mark, and was 22.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

Because it has a 11.4% higher boost clock, that works out to a 10% better performance per clock, over the last-generation Ryzen.

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

The Multi Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

A score of almost 9900! That makes it 66% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X, and 2X faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, both 8-core, 16-thread processors.

Multi-Threading Boost

This is not a CINEBENCH benchmark result. The Multi-Threading Boost is our calculation of the performance boost that the processor’s Multi-Threading capability provides.

For some reason, the Ryzen 9 5950X doesn’t benefit at all from its SMT capability.

That’s why it only has a 66% performance advantage over the Ryzen 7 5800X, despite having twice as many cores.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Transcoding Speed

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility, which converts a video file from one resolution / format to another.

As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive, which makes it a great benchmark for multi-core processors. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

Very nice! The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 30% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X, 44% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 74% faster than Ryzen 7 2700X.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Radial Blur Speed

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores.

This radial blur test was performed on Photoshop 2020 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

This is a huge boost in performance! The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 87% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X, 2.33X faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X and 2.67X faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X.

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Synthetic Game Test : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which supports DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 5% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800X20% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 40% faster than Ryzen 7 2700X.

Of course, the CPU only has a slight influence on a game’s performance, so its effect on the overall gaming score is less significant.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X was 20% faster than Ryzen 7 5800X, 81% faster than Ryzen 7 3700X, and 2.3X faster than Ryzen 7 2700X and Core i7-8700K.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score… Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019. We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 6% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 12% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution though, the effect of CPU performance was negligible, even with the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had no effect. The game was graphics-limited, not CPU-limited.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively recent third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X topped this comparison, tying with the Ryzen 7 5800X.

It delivered 16% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 20% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor we used. They all performed about the same.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had absolutely no effect. The game was completely graphics-limited.

 

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018. We tested it in three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

CPU performance had only a small effect on frame rates in Strange Brigade, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, they were virtually all equal in performance. The game was already graphics-limited.

2160p Gaming Resolution

It was the same at 4K, of course – the game was completely graphics-limited.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game, released in February 2019. We tested it in three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus is graphics-intensive, so CPU performance has limited effect on its frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

All of the processors performed the same at 1440p, with a slight edge to the Core i7-8700K.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the game was completely graphics-limited, so it didn’t matter which processor we tested.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

In this game, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 9% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 5800X21% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K, and 23% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the Ryzen 9 5950X delivered 7% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 5800X, and 23% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Even at 4K, CPU performance mattered in Ashes of the Singularity. The Ryzen 9 5950X delivered just 2% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 5800X, and 14% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Our Verdict + Award!

Thanks to the new Zen 3 core optimisations and SoC design, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X offers a nice leap forward in performance.

It offers significantly better single-core and multi-core performance over the last generation, offering a nice boost to both content creation and gaming performance.

As our benchmark results show, the Ryzen 9 5950X offers a large performance boost over the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 2700X, and even the new Ryzen 7 5800X.

With 16 cores that support up to 32 threads, it barrels through everything thrown at it without a sweat.

But while AMD has highlighted the Ryzen 9 5950X as a great processor for gaming, it’s really best for serious content creation work.

It’s not that it won’t work well in games, it’s just overkill for games.

We cannot emphasise this great point about the Ryzen 9 5950X – even though it uses a new Zen 3 microarchitecture, it continues to use the AM4 socket.

If you have an existing AMD 500 Series motherboard, you can just pop in the Ryzen 9 5950X after a BIOS upgrade.

Those on AMD 400 Series motherboards will have to wait until Q1 2020, before they receive BIOS upgrades to support Zen 3.

In our Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 7 5800X reviews, we pointed out that they were priced significantly higher than their predecessors.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is priced at $799 (RM3,699) – a $50 (RM550) premium over the last-generation Ryzen 9 3950X, which had a launch price of $749 (RM3,149).

But this time, it comes with a free copy of the upcoming game – Far Cry 6 Standard Edition, which is priced at $56.99.

Paradoxically, this makes the Ryzen 9 5950X the best deal of the Ryzen 5000 series, if you can afford it, of course!

That’s why we believe it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, AMD!

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X?

  • Buy : If you want the best possible 16-core processor for a new content creation system.
  • Buy : If you are upgrading from a first-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Buy : If you need more computing cores than your current system.
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a second-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Skip : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax, in Malaysia :

  • Malaysia : RM 3,699 (~US$889) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 799

Note : It comes with a free copy of Far Cry 6

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X In-Depth Review : A Leap Forward!

Built on the new Zen 3 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X promises to offer a leap forward in performance.

Find out in our in-depth review why we agree, and gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series : Built On Zen 3

The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is designed using the new AMD Zen 3 architecture, which promises to deliver 19% more instructions per cycle (IPC) over the last generation, thanks to these new features :

  • improved load / store performance and flexibility
  • double the size of directly-accessible L3 cache per core
  • a unified 8-core complex (CCX) with direct access to the 32 MB L3 cache
  • wider issue in floating point and integer engines
  • Zero Bubble branch prediction

The new architecture also reduces memory latency through improved core and cache communication, and offer a higher maximum boost clock.

This allows the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors to deliver up to 2.8X more performance-per-watt versus the competition.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax :

  • Malaysia : RM 1,349 (~US$324) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 299

Note : Unlike the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 5 5600X will NOT come with a free copy of Far Cry 6.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X comes in a slimmer box, with a bundled AMD Wraith Stealth cooler inside.

The Wraith Stealth is the most basic cooler AMD ships, usually with entry-level processors like the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 3300X.

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X has six Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.7 GHz base clock, and a 4.6 GHz boost clock.

It has a 65 watt TDP, and supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means it can handle up to 12 threads simultaneously.

Like the 3rd Gen Ryzen, it has 512 KB L2 cache per core, for a 3 MB L2 cache size; and a large 32 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X can be installed unto existing AMD 500 series motherboards, and later, the AMD 400 series as well, after a simple BIOS update.

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AMD Zen 3 Architecture

Codename Vermeer, Zen 3 is the next evolution of the Zen architecture, delivering a 19% improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) through these improvements :

Front-End Enhancements

  • Faster fetching, especially for branchy and large-footprint code 
  • L1 branch target buffer doubled in size to 1024 entries for better prediction latency 
  • Improved branch predictor bandwidth 
  • Faster recovery from misprediction 
  • “No bubble” prediction capabilities to make back-to-back predictions more quickly and better handle branchy code 
  • Faster sequencing of op-cache fetches 
  • Finer granularity in switching of op-cache pipes

Execution Engines

  • Reduce latency and enlarge structures to extract higher instruction-level parallelism (ILP)
  • New dedicated branch and st-data pickers for integer, now at 10 issues per cycle (+3 vs. Zen 2)
  • Larger integer window at +32 vs. Zen 2
  • Reduced latency for select float and int operations
  • Floating point has increased bandwidth by +2 for a total of 6-wide dispatch and issue
  • Floating point FMAC is now 1 cycle faster

Load Store

  • Larger structures and better prefetching to support the enhanced execution engine bandwidth 
  • Overall higher bandwidth to feed the appetite of the larger/faster execution resources 
  • Higher load bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1 
  • Higher store bandwidth vs. Zen 2 by +1 
  • More flexibility in load/store operations 
  • Improved memory dependence detection 
  • +4 table walkers in the TLB

SOC Architecture

  • Reduce dependency on main memory accesses, reduce core-to-core latency, reduce core-to-cache latency.
  • Unify all cores in a CCD into a single unified complex consisting of 4, 6, or 8 contiguous cores 
  • Unify all L3 cache in a CCD into a single contiguous element of up to 32MB 
  • Rearchitect core/cache communication into a ring system

 

AMD Zen 3 SoC Design

In addition to micro architectural improvements, Zen 3 (Vermeer) also features SoC design changes.

In Zen 2, each CCD (Compute Die) is made up of two CCX (core complexes), each with a 16 MB L3 cache.

Zen 3 uses a unified complex, in which each CCD now contains a single CCX with a unified 32 MB L3 cache.

This unified CCD design eliminates CCX-to-CCX communication, greatly improving core-to-core latency.

On the other hand, AMD reused the chiplet design, with one or two CCDs (fabricated on 7 nm) paired with a 12 nm IOD (I/O Die).

Reads from CCD to IO are still 2X write, to conserve die area and transistor budget. And it uses the same IOD from Matisse (Zen 2).

The new Zen 3 CCD has 4.15 billion transistors, with a die size of 80.7 mm². The Matisse-era IOD remains the same – 2.09 billion transistors, with a die size of 125 mm².

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at the content creation and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, comparing it to 6 other processors :

Cores /
Threads
Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
Memory
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 / 16 3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8 / 16 3.7 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 3 MB 32 MB DDR4-3200
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 1.5 MB 12 MB DDR4-2666
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 6 / 12 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 3 MB 16 MB DDR4-2933
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 4 / 8 3.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 2 MB 16 MB DDR4-3200

Here are the specifications of the Intel and AMD testbeds we used.

Intel Testbed AMD Testbed
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F-Gaming ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (GeForce 457.09)
Storage 1 TB SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD
OS Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : 3D Rendering Speed

CINEBENCH R20 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software.

It is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R20 Single Core Performance

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

Look at that! What a phenomenal boost in single-core performance!

The Ryzen 5 5600X was 19.5% faster than the Ryzen 7 3700X, even though it only has a 4.5% higher boost clock!

That works out to a 14.3% better performance per clock, over the last-generation Ryzen.

CINEBENCH R20 Multi Core Performance

The Multi Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

This is very good performance for a 6-core processor, performing just 12.6% slower than the Ryzen 7 3700X, which is an 8-core, 16-thread processor.

More so when you realise that it was actually 12.3% faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which is an older 8-core, 16-thread processor.

Multi-Threading Boost

This is not a CINEBENCH benchmark result. The Multi-Threading Boost is our calculation of the performance boost that the processor’s Multi-Threading capability provides.

While the Zen 3 microarchitecture gave it a big boost in single core performance, its SMT performance appears to have taken a slight hit.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Transcoding Speed

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility, which converts a video file from one resolution / format to another.

As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive, which makes it a great benchmark for multi-core processors. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

Look at that! Despite having just six cores, the Ryzen 5 5600X was slightly faster than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which has 8 cores.

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Radial Blur Speed

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores.

This radial blur test was performed on Photoshop 2020 using a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

Even though it was a 6-core processor, the Ryzen 5 5600X was just slightly slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X, which has 8 cores. Impressive!

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Synthetic Game Test : 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which supports DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X was 5% slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X, and 5% faster than the Core i7-8700K.

Of course, the CPU only has a slight influence on a game’s performance, so its effect on the overall gaming score is less significant.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X was 8.3% faster than both the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Core i7-8700K.

Now check out the processors’ effect on the overall gaming score… Obviously, CPU performance only has a small effect at this resolution.

 

F1 2019

F1 2019 is a racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019. We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X delivered 6.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 12.5% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 2700X!

1440p Gaming Resolution

At the higher 1440p resolution though, the effect of CPU performance was negligible, even with the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had no effect. The game was graphics-limited, not CPU-limited.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively recent third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X delivered the best performance in this comparison, matching the Ryzen 7 5800X.

It delivered 17% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X, and 21% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution up to 1440p, it really didn’t matter that much which processor we used. They all performed about the same.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K resolution, processor performance had absolutely no effect. The game was completely graphics-limited.

 

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018. We tested it in three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

CPU performance had only a small effect on frame rates in Strange Brigade, even at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, they were virtually all equal in performance. The game was already graphics-limited.

2160p Gaming Resolution

It was the same at 4K, of course – the game was completely graphics-limited.

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter game, released in February 2019. We tested it in three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160 pixels

1080p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus is graphics-intensive, so CPU performance has limited effect on its frame rate.

1440p Gaming Resolution

All of the processors performed the same at 1440p, with a slight edge to the Core i7-8700K.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the game was completely graphics-limited, so it didn’t matter which processor we tested.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

In this game, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

Nice! The Ryzen 5 5600X was almost as fast as the Ryzen 7 5800X, and delivered 9.4% higher frame rates than the Core i7-8700K, and 11.3% higher frame rates than the Ryzen 7 3700X.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the Ryzen 5 5600X delivered 12.8% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

2160p Gaming Resolution

Even at 4K, CPU performance mattered in Ashes of the Singularity. The Ryzen 5 5600X delivered 9.2% higher frame rates than both the Core i7-8700K and the Ryzen 7 3700X.

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Our Verdict + Award!

There is no doubt that the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is a leap forward for AMD, thanks to the new Zen 3 core and SoC design.

Its single-core performance has been improved significantly over its predecessors, offering a nice boost to content creation and gaming performance.

Gamers, in particular, will favour this model over the Ryzen 7 5800X because it delivers the same gaming performance at 2/3rds the cost.

It also handily beats the Ryzen 7 3700X in gaming performance, making it a better option for gaming systems.

Even though the Ryzen 5 5600X uses a new microarchitecture, it continues to use the AM4 socket and will support AMD 500 Series chipsets on launch day (with a BIOS upgrade).

That’s really great news for those planning to upgrade from their existing Ryzen processors.

Those on AMD 400 Series motherboards will have to wait until Q1 2020, before they receive BIOS upgrades to support Zen 3.

But while the Ryzen 5 5600X’s performance may be a leap forward, so is its price tag…

You may recall that the last-generation Ryzen 5 3600X had a launch price of $249 (RM859), with a Wraith Spire cooler.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X costs substantially more at $299 (RM1,349), and ships with the smaller and cheaper Wraith Stealth cooler.

That said, the Ryzen 5 5600X truly provides a significant boost in performance, and it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award.

So who should, or should NOT, buy the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X?

  • Buy : If you want the best possible 6-core processor for a new gaming system.
  • Buy : If you are upgrading from a first-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Consider : If you are upgrading from a second-generation Ryzen processor.
  • Skip : If you are already using a 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

Those on a budget can consider purchasing a Ryzen 5 3600X. It may not be as fast, but the money you save can be used towards the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card!

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processor is available for sale starting 5 November 2020, at these RRP inclusive of tax :

  • Malaysia : RM 1,349 (~US$324) inclusive of 6% tax
  • United States : RM 299

Note : Unlike the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 7 5800X, the Ryzen 5 5600X will NOT come with a free copy of Far Cry 6.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X : Specifications

Here is how the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X compares to the other Ryzen 5000 series processors :

Ryzen 9
5950X
Ryzen 9
5900X
Ryzen 7
5800X
Ryzen 5
5600X
Process 7 nm (CCD) + 12 nm (IOD)
Transistor
+ Die Size
CCD : 4.15 billion, 80.7 mm²
IOD : 2.09 billion, 125 mm²
Chiplets 2 x CCD
1 x IOD
1 x CCD
1 x IOD
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16 6 / 12
Base Clock 3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz
Boost Clock 4.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz
L1 Cache 1 MB 768 KB 512 KB 384 KB
L2 Cache 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB 3 MB
L3 Cache 64 MB 32 MB
TDP 105 W 65 W
Cooler None Wraith
Stealth

 

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IDEA 2020 : Samsung Wins 48 Awards!

Samsung Electronics just announced that they won 48 awards at IDEA 2020 – the International Design Excellence Awards 2020!

Their sweep of awards includes one Gold award, four Silver awards, four Bronze awards and one Best-in-Show award!

 

IDEA 2020 : What Is It?

IDEA 2020 is the 40th iteration of one of the longest running and most prestigious design awards program in the world.

Originally founded to recognise exceptional achievement in industrial design, the program has since grown to highlight design in many connected disciplines including design strategy, branding, digital interaction and so much more.

Every year, design teams across the globe submit thousands of entries, making IDEA one of the largest and most widely anticipated annual awards programs in the world.

 

IDEA 2020 : Samsung Wins 48 Awards!

Samsung won their 48 IDEA 2020 awards across multiple categories, showcasing their design prowess across a wide swathe of consumer lifestyle products.

BESPOKE Family Hub UX won Gold for delivering user-centric experience using consumer-driven insight. The UX lets users share and create photos and recipes through the refrigerator screen, and remotely access it through mobile apps.

BESPOKE Refrigerator won Silver for its customisable modular design, that lets users choose colours, materials and type of refrigerator fit. This is the same refrigerator that won the Gold award at iF Design Award 2020.

The IDEA 2020 jury also honoured Samsung with Best-in-Show – a special award for BESPOKE Family Hub UX and BESPOKE Refrigerator, recognising their achievements in consumer-centric design excellence.

The Samsung Upcycling Solution for TV Packaging received a Silver award for its customisable packaging box that is being used for The Frame, The Serif and The Sero.

The product packaging was designed to encourage consumers to upcycle the boxes to create innovative pieces of small furniture, like a cat tower, or a TV stand. This packaging solution won the 2020 CES Innovation Awards for its innovative concept.

Awards Samsung Products
Gold BESPOKE Family Hub UX
Silver BESPOKE Refrigerator
Upcycling Solution for TV Packaging
Q950TS QLED 8K TV
The Serif Visual Identity System
Bronze Samsung Galaxy Fold
Infinite Line Oven
The Sero Visual Identity System
Inclusive IoT

 

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NTT Ltd Wins Multiple Cisco Partner Summit Awards!

NTT Ltd just announced that they received multiple awards at the recent Cisco Partner Summit 2019 award ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada! Here are the details…

 

NTT Ltd Wins Multiple Cisco Partner Summit Awards!

NTT Ltd won multiple awards at the Cisco Partner Summit 2019 in Las Vegas, which is a great start to its inaugural year after being formed from 28 different companies.

They were recognised as APJC Partner of the Year, and Software Partner of the Year at that partner summit. On top of that, they won several regional awards in Asia Pacific, namely :

  • Architectural Excellence : Security
  • Cisco Capital Partner of the Year
  • Learning Partner of the Year
  • Partner of the Year for Greater China and India

Jan Wuppermann, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific – Strategy & Business Operations at NTT Ltd. said, “I’m extremely proud of our joint achievements and successes. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Cisco to deliver value to our clients around the world.”

Doc Watson, Group Executive – Global Cisco Alliance at NTT Ltd. said, “We are proud to once again be recognized by Cisco with a double award win this year. For 28 years now, we have been working in partnership with Cisco to co-innovate together. We share and leverage our intellectual property, including products and code, which allows us to move faster with a focus on applied innovation to challenge the art of the possible. This will ultimately result in some exciting innovations for our clients.”

 

How Cisco Selected NTT Ltd For These Awards!

Cisco awards these Partner Summit awards to recognise channel partners with superior business practises and to reward best-in-class methodologies.

The awards recipients were selected by a group of Cisco Global Partner organisation and regional executives. Some areas they consider include innovative processes, architecture-led successes, strategic business outcome-focused programs, and sales approaches.

“It gives me great pleasure to recognize these partners who continue to demonstrate superior performance and drive value for our customers. They demonstrate superior leadership and innovation to help enterprises solve complex problems,” said Oliver Tuszik, senior vice president, Global Partner Organization, Cisco. “It’s an honor to present the APJC Partner of the Year and Software Partner of the Year awards to NTT Ltd. in recognition of its outstanding achievement in helping customers respond to their business challenges.”

 

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Edifier W860NB Colour Comparison : Black vs. Gold!

We managed to get our hands on the award-winning Edifier W860NB Bluetooth ANC headphones in both the regular Black colour, and the more exclusive Gold edition.

Check out our colour comparison of the Black and Gold colours, and let us know which you prefer!

 

The Edifier W860NB ANC Bluetooth Headphones

One of the most important gadgets any frequent traveller must have is a good pair of headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC) capability.

Whether you want a good night’s sleep, listen to music or watch a movie during a flight or a road trip, active noise cancellation is the way to go.

The Edifier W860NB is one of the few affordable Bluetooth headphones with Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) capability.

Turning on its ANC feature literally “erases” ambient noise, letting you listen to music or the conversation in a movie without turning up the volume!

 

Edifier W860NB Specifications

The Edifier W860NB in both Black and Gold colour options have the same specifications :

Specifications Edifier W860NB
Type Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Ergonomic Features Adjustable Headband (up to 6 cm total)
Padded headband and ear cups, with faux leather covers
Noise Cancellation Yes, Active Noise Cancellation
Connectivity Options Wireless : Bluetooth 4.1
Wired : 3.5 mm audio cable
Touch Controls Skip Forward / Backwards
Volume Increase / Decrease
Pause / Resume Track or Call
NFC Support Yes
Bluetooth Capabilities Bluetooth 4.1 with support for :
– Qualcomm aptX
– A2DP SBC (sub-band coding)
Bluetooth Range 10 meters / 30 feet
Audio Drivers 40 mm Neodymium drivers with titanium dome diaphragms
Impedence 32 Ohms
Frequency Response 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Sensitivity 97 dB
Battery 1,400 mAh lithium-ion battery
Rated Battery Life Standby : 1,500 hours
Music without ANC : 45 hours
Music with ANC : 25 hours
Rated Charging Time 4 hours @ 5 watt USB

 

Edifier W860NB Colour Comparison

Let’s take a close look at both Black and Gold colour options, and compare them side-by-side :

Now that you have seen both Edifier W860NB models side-by-side, which colour do YOU prefer? Black or Gold?

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Edifier W860NB Black + Gold Colour Purchase Options

The Edifier W860NB has a recommended retail price of US$ 119.99 in the US, and RM 499 here in Malaysia. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

Country Edifier W860NB
Black Edition
Edifier W860NB
Gold Edition
Malaysia RM 499 (Lazada)
RM 499
(Shopee)
RM 499 (Lazada)
RM 499 (Shopee)
Singapore S$278 S$278
United States $119.99 $119.99
United Kingdom £212.40 £204.56
Australia A$189.99 A$189.99

 

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Edifier W860NB Gold ANC Bluetooth Headphones Review!

Are you looking for an affordable pair of active noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones? The Edifier W860NB Gold might just be what you are looking for.

It is one of the few Bluetooth headphones in the market that offers active noise cancellation capabilities at an affordable price point.

In our in-depth review of the W860NB Gold active noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones, we will show you why it won our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Why Active Noise Cancellation?

One of the most important gadgets any frequent traveller must have is a good pair of headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC) capability. Whether you want a good night’s sleep, listen to music or watch a movie during a flight or a road trip, active noise cancellation is the way to go.

Passive noise cancellation using over-ear headphones or in-canal earphones may be sufficient for use in an office, but is quite useless on a flight. You can turn up the volume to hear through the noise, but that could damage your hearing.

The best way to listen to music or a conversation in a movie is to use active noise cancellation to literally “erase” the ambient noise. Then you can hear without actually turning up the volume!

 

Edifier W860NB Gold Specifications

Let’s kick this review off with a quick look at its key specifications :

Specifications Edifier W860NB Gold
Type Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Ergonomic Features Adjustable Headband (up to 6 cm total)
Padded headband and ear cups, with faux leather covers
Noise Cancellation Yes, Active Noise Cancellation
Connectivity Options Wireless : Bluetooth 4.1
Wired : 3.5 mm audio cable
Touch Controls Skip Forward / Backwards
Volume Increase / Decrease
Pause / Resume Track or Call
NFC Support Yes
Bluetooth Capabilities Bluetooth 4.1 with support for :
– Qualcomm aptX
– A2DP SBC (sub-band coding)
Bluetooth Range 10 meters / 30 feet
Audio Drivers 40 mm Neodymium drivers with titanium dome diaphragms
Impedence 32 Ohms
Frequency Response 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
Sensitivity 97 dB
Battery 1,400 mAh lithium-ion battery
Rated Battery Life Standby : 1,500 hours
Music without ANC : 45 hours
Music with ANC : 25 hours
Rated Charging Time 4 hours @ 5 watt USB

 

Edifier W860NB Gold Price + Availability

The Edifier W860NB Gold has a recommended retail price of US$ 119.99 in the US, and RM 499 here in Malaysia. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

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Unboxing The Edifier W860NB Gold

The Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) comes in a large premium cardboard box. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • One pair of Edifier W860NB Gold active noise cancelling headphones
  • One Edifier W860NB user manual
  • One hard storage case
  • One USB Type A to micro-USB 2.0 charging cable
  • One 3.5 mm audio cable
  • One 3.5 mm aircraft plug adaptor

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The Edifier W860NB Gold Up Close!

The Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY)) is an elegant-looking pair of wireless headphones. We like how Edifier chose to use a very nice smooth matte surface that is fingerprint smear resistant.

The W860NB Gold is also very well-built, with a good blend of quality plastics, metal and faux leather. It has a good heft, and feels like a premium pair of cans.

Nestled in both ear cups are 40 mm neodymium drivers with titanium dome diaphragms, designed to deliver strong bass with a wide soundstage.

Despite its modest price point, the W860NB Gold boasts touch controls, as well as a very nice and tough storage case and all the accessories you’ll ever need.

Overall – this is a nice hassle-free buy-and-enjoy package, but let’s delve deeper and see what we find, shall we?

 

Edifier W860NB Gold : Buttons + Touch Controls

The Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) has two separate power controls on the right ear cup.

The Power button turns on its Bluetooth connectivity and touch controls, while the ANC switch turns on its active noise cancellation circuitry.

They actually work independently of each other. You can turn on the active noise cancellation capability without “turning on” the W860NB Gold.

In fact, you can also listen to music using the 3.5 mm audio cable without, yes, “turning it on” using the Power button. Similarly, you can turn on its Bluetooth connectivity and listen to music, without turning on ANC for a longer battery life.

Its touch controls are also on the right ear cup. But they only work when you are connected to your smartphone or music player using Bluetooth.

The touch controls allow you to change tracks and volume, or accept and end calls, without touching your smartphone or music player.

Just swipe right or left to skip ahead or backwards, and swipe up and down to control the volume. Tapping the centre twice pauses and resumes your music, or accepts and ends a phone call.

 

Edifier W860NB Gold : Audio + Charging Ports

On the left ear cup, you will find the 3.5 mm audio port. It allows you to connect the W860NB Gold directly to your smartphone or music player, or the airline’s audio jack, using the provided aircraft port adaptor.

Hidden under a rubber cover is a micro-USB port that serves as a charging port. Edifier did not include a USB charger, only a USB cable which you can connect to your computer, your smartphone’s USB charger or even a power bank.

They say that it will fully recharge in 4 hours using a 5 watt USB charger or USB 3.0 port. If you are recharging it using an older USB 2.0 port though, it should take twice as long.

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How Comfortable Is The W860NB Gold?

The Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) has an adjustable headband that is padded at the top, and wrapped in soft faux leather.

The headband can be extended by 3 cm on each side, in 9 steps. When fully retracted, it is small enough to fit a child of about 8-9 years of age.

Its ear cups are also padded and covered in faux leather. Being designed for travel, the ear cups are on the small side. The good news is that they hug your ears, preventing slippage even when you shake your head to the music.

On the other hand, faux leather does not breathe like real leather. So it will get humid inside the smaller space pretty quickly if you are wearing them in warmer weather.

Incidentally, the ear cups can be folded inwards, for a more compact form factor if you prefer not to keep it in the hard case, which is admittedly quite bulky.

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The Edifier W860NB Gold’s Active Noise Cancellation Capability

Active noise cancellation is conceptually simple. One or more microphones pick up ambient noise, which is used to generate opposing sound waves that cancel out the noise before it reaches the user’s ears.

However, it has not been easy or cheap to implement. For one thing – noise detection and the generation of its opposing sound waves happens in real-time.

It is complicated by the need to mix the noise-cancelling sound waves with the actual audio output (of your song or movie), and deliver the output without any noticeable lag.

The Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) is one of the few affordable wireless headphones to boast active noise cancellation. It has an ANC microphone at the side of each ear cup, pointing backwards.

From what we can tell, the W860NB uses analogue negative feedback circuitry to generate up to 97 dB of noise cancelling sound waves.

Analogue noise cancellation is simpler and cheaper to implement, but limits its active noise cancellation to the lower frequencies.

For active noise cancellation of higher frequencies, they would need to add a fast digital signal processor to handle the complex noise cancellation algorithms.

 

Its Noise Cancelling Performance

We tested the Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) on eight flights, and many road trips. We tried to record the effect of its noise cancellation capability using a cardioid microphone, the best examples of which you can see in this video.

Before you watch it, please keep in mind that it was quite impossible to fully isolate our microphone in the ear cup. So the actual effect is more pronounced than what you’ll hear in this video.

In the airplane cabin clip, you can distinctly hear how the W860NB cuts out the low-frequency rumble, but the higher-frequency sound of the air-conditioning is still audible.

In the car cabin clip, when active noise cancellation is turned on, the low-frequency road noise is cut out. But you can still hear the higher-frequency wind noise, and even the radio music in the background.

Turning on active noise cancellation will markedly reduce low-frequency noise. This gives you a better appreciation of whatever you are listening to. However, this includes voices of people around you. In fact, airline announcements were clearer with ANC turned on, than turned off.

 

Edifier W860NB vs. Sony WH-1000XM2

This is a grossly unfair comparison, to be sure. But this is something quite a few of our readers will want to know – how does the Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) compare against a premium ANC wireless headphone that costs 3X as much – the much vaunted Sony 1000XM2 (US | UK | MY)?

Based on our subjective tests using the awesome Sony ZX300 Walkman (US | UK | MY), here is how the W860NB Gold compares in active noise cancellation performance to the Sony 1000XM2, in our opinion :

  • about 80% as good in the lower frequencies, and
  • about 50% as good in the higher frequencies.

This is very good performance. Impressive actually, when you consider their large price difference.

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Qualcomm aptX Support

The Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) supports the proprietary Qualcomm aptX audio codec. When used with smartphones, music players and other devices that support aptX, it can deliver lower latencies and better audio quality.

The aptX audio codec is more efficient than the default SBC (Sub-Band Coding) Bluetooth audio codec, delivering a higher bit rate with lower latency. The lower latency is especially important when you watch a movie with wireless headphones, because nothing is more distracting than a movie with unsynchronised audio!

However, make sure you enable aptX on your smartphone or player, or you will end up using SBC. Most smartphones, for example, default to SBC, even if they officially support aptX. In fact, you may need to make the change in Developer Options.

The W860NB does not support the newer and more advanced aptX-HD, which delivers HD Audio over Bluetooth; or aptX Low Latency, which promises a very low latency for better video and gaming performance. This is something for Edifier to look into adding into the next version.

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Edifier W860NB Gold : Our Verdict + Award

Anyone who has ever tried using headphones with active noise cancellation on a flight will appreciate what a difference they make.

They will also realise just how useful noise cancellation can be in other applications – better audio clarity at lower volumes, concentrating better in a noisy office, sleeping better, etc.

The key impediment for the widespread adoption of active noise cancellation can be summed in one word – COST.

Headphones with active noise cancellation are generally much more expensive than regular headphones, and some are prohibitively so.

This is how the W860NB Gold stands out above its competitors. Its affordable price point allows you to literally equip a family of three with W860NB wireless headphones for the same price you would pay for a single pair of Sony 1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) headphones!

But just how effective are its noise cancellation capabilities?

The Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) is best at cancelling out low-frequency noise. At higher frequencies, it is limited to passive noise reduction courtesy of its over-ear design and padding.

That means it will effectively cut out most of the annoying rumble of jet engines and road noise; leaving voices quite audible.

If you really need to cut out the higher frequencies, then you need to splurge on headphones that perform digital noise cancellation like the Sony WH-1000XM2 (US | UK | MY) or the latest Sony 1000XM3 (US | UK | MY) headphones.

The ability to block voices may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view. It may be nice to cut out annoying chatter and crying babies, but that may mean you won’t be able to hear important announcements or alerts

The W860NB Gold also impressed us in other ways. it has very useful touch controls on its right ear cup, and a large battery with enough battery life to last even the longest flight and then some. We also like its classy matte finish, and excellent build quality.

Overall, the Edifier W860NB Gold (US | UK | AU | SG | MY) offers a great combination of features, at a great price point. It really punches above its weight.

We are so impressive with its value proposition, we gladly award it our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Great job, Edifier!

 

Where To Buy The W860NB Gold?

The Edifier W860NB Gold has a recommended retail price of US$ 119.99 in the US, and RM 499 here in Malaysia. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition Review!

NVIDIA spiked the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT launch party by first teasing, and then launching the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER.

A cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2080, it comes with 2560 stream processors and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, at a lower price point!

Find out how it matches up against the competition, and why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Primer

Designed to extend NVIDIA’s performance lead against the new AMD Navi-based graphics cards, the NVIDIA RTX SUPER graphics cards are based on cut-down versions of existing GeForce RTX models.

The GeForce RTX 2060 survives to remain the cheapest RTX card you can buy, while the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti remains the most powerful RTX graphics card that money can buy.

This is how the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series compares to the older NVIDIA GeForce RTX series.

Specifications RTX
2080 Ti
RTX
2080
SUPER
RTX
2080
RTX
2070
SUPER
RTX
2070
RTX
2060
SUPER
RTX
2060
GPU TU102
-300
TU104
-450
TU104
-400
TU104
-410
TU106
-400
TU106
-410
TU106
-200
CUDA Cores 4352 3072 2944 2560 2304 2176 1920
Base Clock 1350 MHz 1650 MHz 1515 MHz 1605 MHz 1410 MHz 1470 MHz 1365 MHz
Boost Clock 1545 MHz 1815 MHz 1710 MHz 1770 MHz 1620 MHz 1650 MHz 1680 MHz
TMUs 272 192 184 160 144 136 120
Min. Texture Fill Rate 367.2 GT/s 316.8 GT/s 278.8 GT/s 256.8 GT/s 203.0 GT/s 199.9 GT/s 163.8 GT/s
Max. Texture Fill Rate 420.2 GT/s 348.5 GT/s 314.6 GT/s 283.2 GT/s 233.3 GT/s 224.4 GT/s 201.6 GT/s
ROPs 88 64 64 64 64 64 48
Min. Pixel Fill Rate 118.8 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 97.0 GP/s 102.7 GP/s 90.2 GP/s 94.1 GP/s 65.5 GP/s
Max. Pixel Fill Rate 136.0 GP/s 116.2 GP/s 109.4 GP/s 113.3 GP/s 103.7 GP/s 105.6 GP/s 80.6 GP/s
Tensor Cores 544 384 368 320 288 272 240
RTX-OPS 76 T 63 T 57 T 52 T 42 T 41 T 37 T
Giga Rays/s 10 8 8 7 6 6 5
Memory Size 11 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Bus Width 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Bandwidth 616 GB/s 496 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 336 GB/s
TGP 250 watts 250 watts 215 watts 215 watts 175 watts 175 watts 160 watts
Launch Price $999 $699 $699 $499 $499 $399 $349

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Price + Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER has a launch price that starts at $499 / ~£399 / ~€444 / ~RM 2,051. This makes it $100 more expensive than the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER.

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2070 SUPER EVO NA NA $1018.02 NA
ASUS TURBO RTX 2070 SUPER EVO OC $1044.23 £569.79 NA RM 2,750
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070S Advanced $584.99 £683.64 $1121.06 RM 2,999
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming $549.99 £539.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER XC Gaming
$629.99 £656.18 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER Black Gaming NA £569.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming $519.99 NA NA NA
GALAX RTX 2070 SUPER EX
NA NA $890.02 RM 2,348
GALAX RTX 2070 SUPER EX Gamer Black NA NA $912.09 NA
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2070 SUPER
NA £599.99 $1059.89 RM 2,929
GIGABYTE RTX 2070S Gaming OC White $749.99 £569.99 NA RM 2,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC
$529.99 £548.99 $984.44 RM 2,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2070S Windforce OC
$579.00 £548.99 $950.71 RM 2,559
MSI RTX 2070 SUPER Ventus OC
$519.99 £529.99 $946.63 RM 2,389
MSI RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming X Trio
$722.79 £578.99 NA RM 2,590
PNY RTX 2070 SUPER XLR8 OC Triple Fan
NA £579.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2070 SUPER Blower 8G NA £559.99 NA NA
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER AMP Extreme NA £559.99 NA RM 2,599
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER AMP
NA £509.00 NA RM 2,379
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER Twin Fan $549.99 £489.00 NA RM 2,369

Recommended : Here Are The First GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Custom Cards!

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Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) comes in a large cardboard box that doubles as a stand. Let’s take a quick look around, and see what we find inside!

The RTX 2070 SUPER package is rather basic, but for those who are still using monitors with DVI ports, the bundled DP-to-DVI dongle will be very useful.

Next Page > NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER : Hands On + Key Features

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Hands On!

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has an NVIDIA TU104 GPU with 2560 stream processors.

This gives it 160 TMUs and 64 ROPS, delivering a peak output of 283 GT/s and 113 GP/s, thanks to its higher clock speeds.

Its 8 GB of GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz, giving it a peak memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

Even though the TU104 GPU is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology, the card only needs 215 watts of power.

 

NVIDIA Turing

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series continues to use the NVIDIA Turing microarchitecture, the first to introduce real-time ray tracing capabilities and new Tensor Cores.

It also continues to benefit from NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), which can be used to deliver better than TAA quality with a significantly lower performance penalty, or much better image quality – equivalent to 64X super sampling.

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RTX 2070 SUPER Power Requirements

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is a cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 2080, so it comes to no surprise that it would require 215 watts of power as well.

Like the GeForce RTX 2080, you will need a power supply with both 6-pin and 8-pin PCI Express power cables.

 

RTX 2070 SUPER Display Ports

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) has three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, each supporting up to 8K HDR resolution at 60 Hz, or 4K HDR at 120 Hz or more.

There is also a tiny USB-C VirtualLink port, which allows you to connect a VR headset. But guess what – it works like a standard USB-C port, so you can also connect any USB-C device to it!

For compatibility with older displays, there is a HDMI 2.0b port, which supports up to 4K HDR displays at up to 60 Hz… as well as a DP-to-DVI dongle, which allows you to hook it up to older monitors with a DVI port.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : Thermal Output, Noise Level + 3DMark Results

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance, in comparison to 7 other graphics cards :

Note : We currently do NOT have an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT card at hand, and will update our benchmark results when we get it from AMD.

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory
Size + Type
Memory
Bandwidth
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 331.5 GT/s 130.2 GP/s 11 GB GDDR5X 484 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 64 319.2 GT/s 81.5 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s
GeForce GTX 2070 SUPER 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
Radeon RX Vega 56 258.9 GT/s 74 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 410 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1070 180.7 GT/s 96.4 GP/s 8 GB GDDR5 256 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 163.8 GT/s 65.5 GP/s 6 GB GDDR6 336 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Noise Level

In case you are wondering how loud the cooler is, we recorded it running Time Spy Extreme benchmark at the 4K resolution.

Listen to how quiet its dual-fan cooler is, even when the fans are spinning at maximum speed! It is definitely quieter than the AMD Radeon RX 5700.

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Synthetic Game Test – 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

Wow! In the Time Spy test, the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 16.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and a whopping 31.5% faster than the Radeon RX 5700!

Let’s see how much of an effect they have on the overall gaming score…

It turned out to be about 12% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2060 SUPER cards, and 26% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 15.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and a whopping 35% faster than the Radeon RX 5700!

And here were their overall gaming scores at 4K…

Its overall performance gap tightened a little. It was now 7% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 13% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 29% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : F1 2019 + World War Z Performance

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F1 2019

F1 2019 is a really new racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was slightly (just over 2%) faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 16% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 18-19% faster than the the Radeon RX 5700 and Vega 64 graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was now 3% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and 19% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped up the resolution to 4K, it was now 7% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and 21% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards.

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World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

Note : This game is known to be highly optimised for AMD Radeon cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, World War Z was CPU-limited even with the new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor. So take these results with a pinch of salt.

The GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was somehow 7% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 9-10% faster than the RX 5700 and GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we kicked up the resolution, it was now just 3-4% faster than the Vega 64 and RX 5700 graphics cards.

On the other hand, it was 14-15% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2060 SUPER graphics cards.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) tied with the Vega 64, and was just 6% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

However, it was 20.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and the Radeon RX 5700.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : The Division 2 + Strange Brigade Performance

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The Division 2

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a new third-person shooter game released in March 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 7% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 15.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 29% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we bumped the resolution to 1440p, it was 12% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 20.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 31% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it was 20.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 24% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 37% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is also a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was 8% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 17% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 23% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

1440p Gaming Resolution

The performance gap widened at 1440p, where it was now 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 16.5% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 24% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

2160p Gaming Resolution

When we increased the resolution to 4K, it was 9% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 15% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER, and 17% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : Metro Exodus + AOTS Performance

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a relatively new first-person shooter game, released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) tied with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

On the other hand, it was 14% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 16% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

At 1440p, it remained equal to the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and was now 8% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 17% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, it continued to remain on par with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and was now 17% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER and Vega 64 graphics cards. It was also 25% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

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Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 realtime strategy game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440
  • 2160p : 3840 x 2160

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, AOTS is CPU-limited. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) more or less tied with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and the Radeon RX 5700, and they were just 3% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

Even at 1440p, it was still a little CPU limited. It tied with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and they were both just 2% faster than the Radeon RX 5700.

It was, however, 9% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

2160p Gaming Resolution

At 4K, we could finally see the performance difference between the eight cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) was now 5% slower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but 4.5% faster than the Radeon RX 5700, and 15% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

Next Page > RTX 2070 SUPER : Game Bundle, Verdict + Award, Price + Availability

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER – Summary

Coming up with the RTX SUPER cards was easy for NVIDIA. They are basically cut-down versions of existing and faster graphics cards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is essentially a GeForce RTX 2080 with 384 CUDA Cores disabled, but higher clock speeds to compensate.

This allows it to be almost as fast as a regular RTX 2080, just a whole lot cheaper! In fact, that was precisely why it replaced the RTX 2080, which was $200 more expensive.

Sadly, we currently do not have an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT to compare it with, only the Radeon RX 5700.

Needless to say, the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER far outclasses the RX 5700. But until we get our hands on its true rival – the Radeon RX 5700 XT, let’s compare it against its “junior”, the RTX 2060 SUPER in our six real world game benchmarks :

  • F1 2019 : 16% faster at 1080p, 19% faster at 1440p, 21% faster at 2160p
  • World War Z : 7% faster at 1080p, 15% faster at 1440p, 20.5% faster at 2160p
  • The Division 2 : 15.5% faster at 1080p, 20.5% faster at 1440p, 24% faster at 2160p
  • Strange Brigade : 17% faster at 1080p, 16.5% faster at 1440p, 15% faster at 2160p
  • Metro Exodus : 16% faster at 1080p, 17% faster at 1440p and 2160p
  • AOTS : 3% faster at 1080p, 9% faster at 1440p, 15% faster at 2160p

Generally, we would say that GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (US | UK | MY) is roughly 12-18% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Game Bundle

Like the RTX 2060 SUPER, NVIDIA is bundling TWO GAMES – Wolfenstein : Youngblood and Control – with the RTX 2070 SUPER. They are worth at least $50, so that’s a really nice deal… if you like those games.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER – Our Verdict + Award

Now, there is nothing “super” about what’s really a cut-down version of the existing GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card.

What will really sell the RTX 2060 SUPER is the fact it offers a much better value proposition than the RTX 2080.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER is basically a slightly slower GeForce RTX 2080 with a $200 discount.

That means you get a card that’s fast enough for 4K gaming at 60 fps or better in ⅔ of the games we tested, at what you used to pay for a GeForce RTX 2070!

That’s sure as heck worthy of our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Nice work, NVIDIA!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER – Where To Buy

Here are some direct purchase links and prices of various AIB custom cards (prices accurate as of 18 August 2019) :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
ASUS DUAL RTX 2070 SUPER EVO NA NA $1018.02 NA
ASUS TURBO RTX 2070 SUPER EVO OC $1044.23 £569.79 NA RM 2,750
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070S Advanced $584.99 £683.64 $1121.06 RM 2,999
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER XC Ultra Gaming $549.99 £539.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER XC Gaming
$629.99 £656.18 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER Black Gaming NA £569.99 NA NA
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming $519.99 NA NA NA
GALAX RTX 2070 SUPER EX
NA NA $890.02 RM 2,348
GALAX RTX 2070 SUPER EX Gamer Black NA NA $912.09 NA
GIGABYTE AORUS RTX 2070 SUPER
NA £599.99 $1059.89 RM 2,929
GIGABYTE RTX 2070S Gaming OC White $749.99 £569.99 NA RM 2,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC
$529.99 £548.99 $984.44 RM 2,699
GIGABYTE RTX 2070S Windforce OC
$579.00 £548.99 $950.71 RM 2,559
MSI RTX 2070 SUPER Ventus OC
$519.99 £529.99 $946.63 RM 2,389
MSI RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming X Trio
$722.79 £578.99 NA RM 2,590
PNY RTX 2070 SUPER XLR8 OC Triple Fan
NA £579.99 NA NA
PNY RTX 2070 SUPER Blower 8G NA