This is just a quick update to let you all know that four more of our previously-supported countries are now fully migrated onto the new redesigned main chart.
The Ryzen 9 3950X was released about 2 weeks ago, but only hit the marketplace yesterday. Do not worry about buying one: These new chips are so good that they went out of stock instantly. But why is the R9 3950X good, and what does it replace? And what other changes are coming to the top tiers of the chart?
nVidia’s Turing architecture has been fantastic, with almost every card in the 16xx and 20xx range being recommended on our charts. The cards perform well and are power-efficient, so you typically get a card that hits all the main points: high performance, lower power draw, low temperatures, and low noise. Pricing is an issue for the flagship cards (2080 and 2080 Ti) where lack of competition lets nVidia showcase its pricing creativity with $1200 cards. Oil tycoons buy graphics cards too, you know! But for all the other Turing cards, the prices are fine at launch. Well, almost all.
The sole Turing card that was a thoroughly bad launch was the GTX 1650, which was weak and quite overpriced. Even today, half a year after its launch, it remains overpriced at $150, easily beaten by cheaper ~$120 cards. Today, nVidia is updating the lineup with the GTX 1650 Super, for $160.
We’ve got a small update here for the main chart, pertaining to our RAM and CPU recommendations.
nVidia’s new Super 1660 makes the 1660 non-Super obsolete, and gives the 1660 Ti (also non-Super) a pretty hard time. As such, it is now the new default card for both the Good and Very Good tiers, with the Ti being an alternative.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It is a joke I have been wanting to use since the 2060 and 2070 Supers came out, but I could not since we needed to save it for the 2080 Super!
If you have not been following the news, AMD announced new cards to be sold at $380 and $450. nVidia responded by releasing “Super” versions of its 2060 and 2070 cards, priced at $400 and $500. This prompted AMD to lower the release price of its cards, to $350 and $400.
Let us take a look at the competition at each price point:
This is AMD’s biggest launch this year, and the number of sources covering this is huge! Alright, so where do we start? We are going to skip AMD’s GPUs for now (another update, soon) and look at the CPUs: