Hardware ray tracing is now part of the standard equipment of modern desktop graphics cards from AMD, Nvidia and Intel. How important the feature is in community games was hotly debated this week in the forum. The sharp drop in prices for the new Ryzen 7000 processors from AMD was also popular with readers.
Last week, the editors wanted to know from the community how important ray tracing is now in play has. The survey has become the most popular article of the week and resulted in around 400 comments in the forum.
Divided opinion on the subject of raytracing
It turned out that among the almost 7,000 participants in the survey, the majority still turned their backs on ray tracing because the feature costs too much power. However, the player base that activates ray tracing depending on the loss of performance in the game is almost as large in the community. 11.5 percent of those surveyed no longer want to do without ray tracing in games.
Widespread use of ray tracing graphics cards
The fact that the survey turned out in such a way may also be due to the fact that more than a third of the users do not yet own a PC with the appropriate hardware. However, gamers with ray tracing-capable hardware are in the majority and have the corresponding graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia, but also 0.2 percent from the newcomer Intel. For around 40 percent of the community, the ray tracing performance of a graphics card is definitely relevant when making a purchase.
High FPS precede
However, whether a game supports ray tracing is not decisive for the community when making a selection. The focus of the effects made possible by ray tracing are reflections, light calculations and global illumination. However, other graphics settings and high FPS have priority when configuring a game, so ray tracing should not lead to a compromise. Less than an eighth of the community stated that they also play with only 30 to 60 FPS for maximum graphics quality and the best ray tracing effect.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the benchmark
Speaking of ray tracing: benchmarks for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 were also popular this week, the GPU of which also supports ray tracing for the first time at Qualcomm. Tests for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and the Amazon Fire HD 8 (Plus) follow closely behind.
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Ryzen 7000 experience price drop
The downward price development for the current Ryzen 7000 from AMD, which is now well below the non-binding price recommendations for the start of sales in September, also caused a lot of hits this week. At around 640 euros, the top model Ryzen 9 7950X already costs 200 euros less than at the start. The smaller Ryzen 9, 7 and 5 are also noticeably cheaper.
After online trading had rushed ahead, AMD itself also offers the processors at significantly reduced prices in its own store. However, there is said to have been no general price reduction, instead the company justifies the development with discounts for Black Week, even though the allegedly limited offer was not advertised by AMD at all.
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New tests and two birthdays
For the coming week, the editors have tests on the new Surface Laptop 5 from Microsoft and the NUC 13 Extreme from Intel planned.
In addition, there are two birthdays of well-known games and game consoles. Quake III Arena was launched 23 years ago, while the first PlayStation was 28 years ago.