Here is a review of the Computex and E3 shows. This is, of course only a quick summary of those shows. Once again at Computex the AMD Ryzen 3000 family was big news. More details and specifications were revealed, as well as more on AMD`s GPU / Video Cards. Also, more products such as the MSI GT76 Titan Gaming Laptop, The 17-inch Asus ROG Strix XG17, Zotac Low Profile GTX 1650, Intel’s Honeycomb Glacier concept proves things are just getting cooler and weirder. The dual-screened laptop has two hinges that make it stand tall, offers a custom cooling solution using just a single fan and Tobii eye-tracking to let you work in the app you want with just a glance. Gigabyte’s top-end X570 Aorus Xtreme Motherboard, The PCIe 4.0 era is upon us, courtesy of AMD’s third-gen Ryzen processors, and new, faster SSDs are paving the path to blazing storage performance. Gigabyte’s Aorus PCIe 4.0 SSD comes with Phison’s latest E16 SSD controller and pushes out 5 GB/s of reading performance and up to 4.4 GB/s of write performance. That type of speed is sure to kick up some heat, but the Aorus comes with a hefty solid copper heatsink that won’t break a sweat. The drive comes in a 2TB capacity for $299, while the 1TB and 500GB models retail for $269 and $269, respectively. That’s a fairly tidy sum for the fastest flash-based SSD on the market at that time. The T-Force Spark Flash Drive (yes, we said RGB flash drive) has colorful lights that actually serve a function in telling you how much storage is being used. The tasteful light at the back goes from green to orange to red as you run out of storage space. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) of 2019 also had some interesting developments and announcements from Sony Playstation, Nintendo, XBox, etc…. The funny part, of course, is that Sony chose not to exhibit at E3 this year. Newly-announced games were Final Fantasy VII Remake (@finalfantasyvii), CyberPunk2077 (@cyberpunkgame), Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (@ZeldaOfficialJP), Animal Crossing: New Horizons (@NintendoAmerica), and Marvel’s Avengers (@PlayAvengers). These were the moments that generated the most conversation on Twitter:
Fans tweeting about their favorite announcements from Nintendo’s livestream
Keanu Reeves showing up at #XboxE3 for CyberPunk 2077
The announcement of Final Fantasy VII Remake & Marvel’s The Avengers game at the Square Enix press conference. Most-tweeted-about games were Pokemon (@Pokemon), Fortnite (@FortniteGame), Splatoon (@SplatoonJP), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (@SmashBrosJP), and Apex Legends (@PlayApex). There were many other announcements such as for Bleeding Edge, Borderlands3, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, DOOM Eternal, etc…
I believe that for me the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X sets a new high watermark of 12 cores and 24 threads for the mainstream desktop. However, there is also the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X now with 16 Cores and 32 Threads. Will there eventually be a new generation Threadripper also ? That remains to be seen.