Our hardware professionals Nils and Alex dare to take a look at the hardware trends of 2021 and beyond in the podcast: Where are graphics cards, processors, SSDs & Co. going? And how long will the hardware trend of 2020 continue: the supply shortage?
With graphics cards, we see the greatest scope for development in the area of ray tracing, where significant performance leaps would be possible with the RTS 4000 or RX 7000 (especially as soon as AMD’s DLSS counterpart FidelityFX Super Resolution).
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The interaction between graphics card and SSD will also become more important – if not in 2021, then definitely afterwards. Because the next-gen consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X are already designed so that large graphics files can be read and processed directly from the SSD, without having to go through the graphics memory. Nvidia and AMD are also working towards this with the PC.
Gamers should also keep an eye on Intel’s (renewed) entry into the graphics card market. Because Intel is already relying on a pioneering GPU architecture, which, however, can also have a disadvantage.
At the same time, Intel is trying to regain the performance crown in gaming, after AMD was able to regain it for the first time in a long time with the Ryzen 5000. Whereby the crucial question hovers over it anyway: Is the processor still important for gaming performance?
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