Computex 2022 Highlights: The Best Parts of PC Games

To be honest, I found Computex 2022 rather frustrating; Usually the biggest event on the PC gaming calendar, it’s back in Taipei after the 2021 all-remote show, but it ended with a few major announcements in the bag. We didn’t get anything on Intel Arc graphics cards, and Nvidia’s keynote revealed some new DLSS games, but the GeForce hardware has been spotlighted.

However, this year’s show wasn’t a flop either: There was new information from the AMD Ryzen 7000, Corsair’s first crack in a gaming laptop, and finally, some PCIe 5.0 SSDs you can actually buy. one day. In the future. This is in addition to the most unusual lunar imaging technology without which Computex would not be. So, in descending order – from interesting and plausible to blatantly ironic – here are the highlights of the PC games from Computex 2022.

AMD Ryzen 7000: A closer look at the next generation of CPUs

A new look (and many new features) means a new AM5 socket for the 7000th generation.

After using January CES 2022 to announce the Ryzen 7000 series, AMD took to Computex with its first minute details of its upcoming CPUs. The 7000 chips will rely heavily on the new Zen 4 core design to keep up with Intel’s best gaming CPUs, with faster clock speeds and a more efficient 5nm manufacturing process. AMD didn’t mention any specific models or pricing, but it did give a demo of its 16-core Ryzen 7000 chip that can boost up to 5.5GHz — equivalent to the maximum speed of the first Intel Core i9-12900KS processor.

The Ryzen 7000 will also update AMD’s desktop portfolio in terms of connectivity and peripheral support, with DDR5, PCIe 5.0, and 2×2 USB 3.2 compatibility as standard. Between switching to the AM5 socket and simply needing new chips, you won’t be able to install the Ryzen 7000 part into any existing AMD motherboard, although the three mobo chips advertised – the X670E, X670 and B650 – all support at least some degree of overclocking. Operating and PCIe 5.0 capability. Expect a launch in the fall of 2022.

Apacer AS2280F5 and Zadak TWSG5: First PCIe 5.0 SSD

Zadak TWSG5 PCIe 5.0 SSD, with graphene variable heatsink in the background.

The thinner Zadak TWSG5 heatsink could be better for compact mini-ITX builds.

The Ryzen 7000 family will join Intel’s 12th-generation desktop CPUs to offer PCIe 5.0 support, but there’s only one problem: There aren’t really any PCIe 5.0 peripherals to buy. However, the first blood on the SSD side goes to Apacer, which has announced two upcoming M.2 drives (including one under their Zadak Games brand). The Apacer AS2280F5 and Zadak TWSG5 both claim the same 13,000MB/s sequential read speed and 12,000MB/s sequential write speed, more than double what the best current SSDs can handle via PCIe 4.0; The main difference appears to be the SEXTRA TWSG5 heatsink option, which is a much thinner graphene tape.

Unfortunately, it’s down to the details: Apacer hasn’t revealed any capabilities, release dates, or pricing. I suspect it won’t come cheap, because PCIe 4.0 hard drives still tend to be much more expensive than PCIe 3.0 models, even though those speeds actually seem intimidating. 13,000MB/s is about 23 times faster than a good SATA SDD! crazy stuff.

Corsair Voyager A1600: The first ultra-thin gaming laptop

Corsair Voyager a1600 gaming laptop on a desk.

The tapered edges help make the Voyager a1600 look slimmer.

Computex 2022 saw Corsair launch its first-ever gaming laptop, the Voyager a1600, and on first try it looks like a dead serious kit. The 16-inch screen combines a higher resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a higher refresh rate of 240Hz, the keyboard is all mechanical with low-profile Cherry MX switches, and the chassis is as thick as the latest Razer Blade 17. That means it’s not as thick. not thick Absolutely.

Like the Xeneon 32QHD165 display, Corsair’s latest attempt to diversify the production of its hardware, the Voyager a1600, isn’t cheap. There are no UK pricing yet but with two versions on sale at $2700 and $3000, you’ll need to offer more than just a nice spec list. Which, when spoken of, also includes an AMD Radeon RX 6800M graphics processor and either an AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS or Ryzen 9 6900HS. Both AMD settings will all unlock several “AMD Advantage” features, such as Smart Access Memory.

Asus ROG Swift 500Hz: A companion, that’s a lot of frequency

Asus ROG Swift 500Hz screen against a plain black background.

TN panels can struggle with color and contrast; ROG Swift 500Hz should be different.

Look at the ROG Swift 500Hz, introduced during Nvidia’s keynote as “the lowest latency, highest refresh rate G-Sync esports ever has.” Which is hard to argue with, in part because no one had the guts to build a 500Hz screen before. It’s actually pretty mediocre in some ways — the resolution is 1920 x 1080, it’s only 24 inches diagonally, and it uses a TN panel — but it’s all in the service of pure speed. You’re unlikely to get 500Hz from a contemporary IPS panel, for one thing.

Still… I don’t know, readers. To me, it looks like lower latency might be a more tangible advantage of that refresh rate, even for the kind of ultra-paced competitive FPS gameplay the ROG Swift 500Hz is built for. Don’t believe the naysayers who claim there is no obvious difference between 60Hz and 144Hz, but anything above 240Hz or so provides diminishing returns so dramatically that it’s hard to imagine 500Hz being worth the money. No price has been confirmed, mind.

Geil Evo V DDR5 RGB Hardcore Gaming Memory: RAM Got Its Fans

Geil Evo V DDR5 RGB memory module schematic diagram, showing airflow from the built-in fans.

With speeds of up to 6600MHz, it’s fast. But quickly “two fans on board”?

I’ll say this to the Asus 500Hz display: even if it’s unnecessary, it doesn’t have real power, crackling, hot white “why though”. Not like Geil’s Evo V DDR5 RGB RAM, which showed up at Computex 2022 with its small active cooling system. This means small RGB-adorned fans in each unit, which suck in cool air to cool the memory while pushing warm air through the vents in the middle.

According to the marketing version, “this FANtastic design makes what was once considered impossible a reality.” So maybe I’m just a blade, and putting fans on the ram is actually the Wright Brothers’ shining moment? But it’s unclear whether this DDR5 overclocking feature will have as many applications as heavier-than-air flights. We’ll definitely find out in July, when the Evo V DDR5 RGB goes on sale.

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