Intel Arc, Nvidia’s prices and Samsung’s foldable dreams

Friday nights are usually synonymous with a fresh episode of the Friday panel, but this week the newsroom is empty for the holidays and we are therefore making an exception. Next Friday, large parts of the editorial staff are back in place and at 18:00 a summary of the week’s most interesting news awaits. This Friday, the highlights are summarized in text format instead.

Samsung keeps Galaxy box

It’s clear that the hardware fall of 2022 is creeping closer, as the summer’s news drought slowly turns into a steady rain of hardware news. Although to some extent it is about unofficial information and leaks, a lot of official details about what is to come are now also visible. Samsung took the opportunity last Wednesday evening to pull off a highly official presentation, namely the launch of new Galaxy gadgets.

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The focus is on the foldable newcomers Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, which compared to last year’s models do not change very much. Formats and screens are similar, but Samsung believes that a new hinge, updated material choices for the screen and Gorilla Glass Victus Plus should make the duo more durable. Under the hood is the same powerful system circuit that now takes place in almost all high-performance Android phones – Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Judging by the comment field, many people can now imagine a foldable phone, but the price tag is rubbing and is even slightly higher than last year’s models. !9,990 kroner is a lot of money for the flagship Galaxy Z Fold 4, and 11,990 kroner is also juicy for the more wallet-friendly cousin. However, Samsung appears to be optimistic, and believes that sales of their lavish Galaxy series are made up of 50 percent of foldables. The undersigned would like to see a little more competition and a slightly lower price before foldables become relevant, but in 2025 it is not impossible that the market will look just like that.

Nvidia is trying to counter falling sales with lower prices

Further on the topic of the market: Nvidia and other hardware players are now feeling a little discouraged, when both circuit shortages and the pandemic-related spike in demand have released their iron grip. Overstock and lack of interest at the high price levels is a fact, and when Nvidia presented the preliminary quarterly report for Q3 2023 earlier this week, it was found that they missed the turnover target by around 17 percent. In order to curb the significantly lower sales of graphics cards, the company explains that they are adjusting the prices. It remains to be seen how long it will take before effects of this occur, or whether the price reductions observed in recent months are linked.

Intel’s sluggish Arc launch raises questions

Intel accounts for many of this week’s headlines, where of course it’s about the long-lived Arc “Alchemist” rollout. A few weeks ago, Intel representatives Tom Petersen and Ryan Shrout visited some of the most influential technology publications to talk about the Arc in general, with the Arc A750 in particular. Then there was sudden silence, a silence that the duo interrupted during the week with summaries and a heavy load of performance tests.

In the latter, Intel shows the Arc A750, which looks set to be the second most powerful graphics card of the first generation. The card is again compared against Nvidia’s mid-range Geforce RTX 3060 and it’s an even match, with the Intel in both 1080p and 1440 gaming generally being a bit sharper, 3-5 percent. However, it should be added that these are games that use the DirectX 12 or Vulkan graphics interfaces, which means the best possible performance for Arc “Alchemist”. In both resolutions and interfaces, the Arc A750 manages the magical 60 FPS limit, but in many older titles it will be a struggle.

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It is still shrouded in obscurity about when Intel will release the cards, which according to the company should at least be in place now, after promises of availability this summer. Rumor has it that there is a crack in the joints around the launch, because Intel does not offer the same guarantees as Nvidia and AMD. At the same time, some actors are said to be concerned about the quality – to the extent that production has been stopped. Recently, however, MSI, Asrock and Acer have presented models of the entry-level model A380, which suggests that there is not a complete lack of interest from manufacturers.

Meanwhile, every day without Arc “Alchemist” on the market means that the updated competition from AMD and Nvidia creeps closer. By all accounts, the companies will not release entry-level cards in the near future, which is why Intel still faces the Geforce RTX 3000 and Radeon RX 6000, but with fresh graphics cards on the market, it is possible to estimate where the performance level of the simpler models ends up. Anyone who can afford to wait can therefore choose not to buy Arc.

At the beginning of the week, Intel released the Arc A380 in a version redesigned for professional use. When this is combined with the mentioned performance tests from the Arc representatives, it gives the impression that the investment has not stopped. It remains to be seen, however, whether Pat Gelsinger chooses to make another rational decision, albeit a short-term one, and ditch the expensive graphics card investment. The reputable analyst firm Jon Peddie Research believes that Intel is pouring money into Arc, but without having competitive products ready for several years.

Ryzen is moving closer

Alongside the big news, possible packaging and pricing for the Ryzen 7000 series have made their way onto the web, while the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 has made its official debut as a loose component. Anyone with SEK 90,000 in their drawer can invest in the 64-core top model. Another option is to wait until September 15, when MSI says the Ryzen 7000 will see the light of day.

The mother ship launches this fall

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Last but not least, we have now launched the mothership, a cruise for all hardware and gaming enthusiasts. The ship will drop anchor on October 20. Don’t miss to book a place!


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