ICYMI, Although there aren’t as many new products to review this week as they have been in the past two weeks, the gadgets we got our hands on were pretty cool. We tested Apple’s new MacBook Air with the M1 on the chip, plus the latest graphics cards from AMD, the Radeon 6800 and 6800XT. The essence of both is that they are strong and competitive. The new MacBook Air works similarly to the iPad Pro, meaning it’s fast, smooth, and now silent thanks to its new fanless design. GPUs are solid competitors in the gaming field with excellent performance and good cooling. We’ve gathered the week’s reviews here, so read on to learn more about each new device.
Apple has been developing the MacBook Air M1 for a while; The company has spent a decade building its mobile phone chips and the M1 was the first system on a chip for their laptop line. Much like their mobile devices, the M1 provides users with a seamless and unified experience between hardware and software. Devindra Hardawar said it reminded him to work on iPad Pro; Startup time was instant, apps were instantly responsive and even stuttering webpages loaded easily in Safari. He particularly liked his gaming experiences, an area where Apple laptops usually feel inadequate.
An eight-core chip based on ARM design, the M1 SoC will require developers to rebuild software to take full advantage of its processing power. However, Apple has included the Rosetta 2 emulator in the M1 laptop so that users can still run legacy Intel x86-based applications. ICYMI, The physical design of the MacBook Air M1 is similar to its predecessor: lightweight at 2.8 pounds with a durable one-piece construction, a keyboard with good depth, and the same impressive 13.3-inch Retina display. The only features Devindra found lacking were the 720p webcam and the number of USB-C ports.
Moreover, the new MacBook Air is slightly cheaper than it was in the beginning. Amazon cut $ 50 off the price of the 512GB gold model, down to $ 1,199. It’s not a huge discount, but it’s better than nothing on a brand new laptop.
There was a huge amount of lag in the AMD / NVIDIA battle for whoever gets space in your PC, ICYMI, and the latest AMDs are the Radeon RX 6800 line. Devindra Hardawar found that two of the three new GPUs (RX 6800 and 6900 XT) were competitors. Upscale and solid that deliver excellent gaming performance and efficient cooling. All three cards feature the same RDNA architecture found on PlayStation 5 and both Xbox Series X and Series S.
Both cards feature more RAM than the competition: 16GB GDDR6 versus 10GB of NVIDIA’s RTX 3080 and 8GB in NVIDIA 3070. Devindra found the 6800 XT to be incredibly fast, though That said, it didn’t completely outperform the ray-tracing performance on NVIDIA. Likewise, his testing found the RX 6800 is able to outpace the RTX 3070 and is able to easily handle 4K games – but again, ray-tracing performance left him disappointed. And at $ 579 for the RX 6800 and $ 649 for the 6800 XT, both graphics are clearly priced to compete with NIVIDA’s offerings.
Source : engadget