CES 2024 is the models of the future driven by technology. The Consumer Electronics Show proves that CES 2024 is not only the biggest tech event in the world but also a crystal ball into the near future where we are about to unveil some new gadgets and technology. CES 2024 which was held in Las Vegas from January 9 to 12 is no exception. This year’s show was full of innovation, which emphasised three key themes: artificial intelligence (AI), sustainable development, and mobility. Hold on as we discover the reveals of CES 2024 and how it gives us a vision of PC building in the near future.
CES 2024 Highlights From The Show:
GPUs: Powering Up Your Pixel Playground
Nvidia is launching three new GPUs, The RTX 4070 super 12 GB GPU for $600 launching January 17th. The RTX 4070 TI super 16 GB GPU for $800 launching January 24th and the RTX 4080 super 16 GB GPU for $11,000 launching January 31st.
Nvidia is also canceling the non-super versions of the existing RTX 4070 TI 12 GB GPU and RTX 4080, meaning that once current stock sells out, that will be the end of new stock for these two products. Though, of course, they’ll still continue to support them with driver updates, in terms of performance, the RTX 4070 Super will use a cut-down 4070 Ti. The RTX 4070 TI super will use a cut-down 4080, and the RTX 4080 super will use a slightly better version of the existing RTX 4080.
In addition to the RTX 4070 TI Super, we have 16 GB of RAM instead of 12 GB. On the 4070 TI, though, the 4070 super will still have to get by with 12 gigs of vram. Of course, we need to wait for actual testing, but based on specs alone, it seems like we’ll see about a 5% bump in performance for the RTX 4080 super over the 4080. A 10% performance increase for the RTX 4070 TI super over the RTX 4070 TI and up to a 15% increase in performance for the RTX 4070 super over the RTX 4070.
AMD also announced a new GPU and may be considering price cuts to its existing RX 7900 XT, RX 7900 XT, and RX 7800 XT to maintain its price and performance advantage over Nvidia. The RX 7600 XT 16 GB was announced. Basically, it’s a slightly overclocked RX 7600 with 16 gigs of Vram for $329 launching January 24th, the same day as the RTX 4070 Ti Super.
Now based on AMD’s performance data, which obviously takes with the grain of salt just like Nvidia’s data, the 7600 XT 16 GB is going to be about 10% faster than the 8 gig version, which would basically put it solidly ahead of the RTX 4060 8 GB GPU given that it’s essentially tied right now in performance with the RX 7600 8 GB.
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AMD CPU Announcements
AMD announced four new CPUs on the older Am4 socket which includes the Ryzen 5700 X3D for $249. That’s probably the most interesting one as it’s just a 5800 X3D that’s been slightly downclocked by about 400 MHz and it could offer similar gaming performance for $100 less. Also announced with the Ryzen 5700 non X for $175; it’s just a Ryzen 5700 G APU without the integrated graphics but it will include a stock cooler; the Ryzen 5600 GT will be priced for $140; and the Ryzen 5500 GT for $125, which is just a variant of the existing Ryzen 5600 G Apu.
Now remember that the Ryzen 5000 APU series only has about half the L3 cash as the actual Ryzen 5000 series, like the Ryzen 5600x, so they have much weaker gaming performance in exchange for relatively weak onboard integrated Graphics. Overall the 5700 x3D looks super interesting, but the pricing on the other three Ryzen 5000 CPUs announced and they do launch on January 31st seems way too high but they may become more interesting with price drops just as would happen with the Ryzen 5500. AMD also announced the Ryzen 8000 series desktop apus on the Am5 platform.
To be clear, these are not the Zen5-based CPU successor to the current Ryzen 7000 series; instead they’re basically a hybrid of a Ryzen 7000 series processor with only about half the amount of L3 cash so again weaker gaming performance. In exchange for that, they have stronger integrated graphics and they also have these new neural processing units, which will enable AI compute functions on the CPU, which don’t currently offer any gaming benefits, but AMD said we could see that change in a couple years as developers start to leverage the new technology.
The most exciting news was actually in the gaming monitor segment, where it really seems like 2024 is going to be the year that OLED gaming monitors get insane performance at the high end, and at the same time we see prices drop significantly, which is likely to put even more downward pressure on LCD monitor prices. Now there are literally dozens and dozens of new OLED gaming monitors ranging from much more affordable 144 to 180 Herz, 1440p and 4K versions to amazing 1440p 360 HZ, that’s right, 360 HZ and 4K 240 HZ monitors at surprisingly lower prices to insane 1440p 480 HZ FPS gaming.
Champions like the new Asus Rog Swift OLED pg27 aqp, we saw models from gigabyte MSI and ASUS. To be clear, these are not the Zen5-based CPU successor to the current Ryzen 7000 series: instead, they’re basically a hybrid of a Ryzen 7000 series processor with only about half the amount of L3 cash so again weaker gaming performance. In exchange for that, they have stronger integrated graphics, and they also have these new neural processing units, which will enable AI compute functions on the CPU, which don’t currently offer any gaming benefits, but AMD said we could see that change in a couple years as developers start to leverage the new technology.
Wireless PC Building: Ditch the Cable Clutter
Year through the fall, and just like with the previous olded launches, it may be hard to get even once they hit the market, but we’ll have to wait and see. One of the most exciting announcements for PC builders seems to be that cableless builds might finally be here now. For years, board manufacturers have tried to market motherboards, even gpus, that have cable connectors on the back side of the board so that all the cables are hidden, but it’s been plagued by a lack of compatible cases and differing standards.
I’m excited to say that it seems like everyone has finally gotten their act together, both the motherboard makers and the case manufacturers, and the dream seems like a reality. We took a look at both MSI’s Project Zero motherboards, and the ASUS BTF builds that shove all the cables out of sight, and they look amazing on the motherboards. This is accomplished by putting all the connectors on the backside, and the ASUS Advanced BTF motherboards take it one step further by moving the power connector for the BTF GPU to a PCI slot on the bottom of the card, which will of course require that you use an ASUS BTF GPU and ASUS Advanced BTF motherboard.
Know that the non-advanced BTF motherboards won’t include the GPU connector. It’s a little confusing, but it all works. Case compatibility has always been an issue, as you need a case with the proper cutouts for this backward cable a huge number of case manufacturers, from Cooler Master to Thermal Take to many others, showed off their compatible cases, and honestly, I think they all look amazing. The Asus BTF is initially launching in the next month with tougher and stronger versions of the BTF Advanced Intel z790 motherboards and the regular BTF Intel b760 micro HX motherboard.
Two Asus BTF gpus are launching the RTX 4090 BTF Stricks in January and the RTX 4070 TI Super BTF in March. MSI Project Zero boards and cases are already available in the US right now, including the ATX size Intel z790 chipset mother board and microatx siiz versions for both the Intel b760 chipset as well as the AMD Ryzen b650 chipset.