Sunday, July 26, 2020

Re: PC vs Console 2020.... Uh oh...

I see various prices, but the RTX 2080 costs at least double of what the presumed price ($500 to $550) of the XBox Series X is going to cost.  In fact, the new consoles reportedly have so much power that I think that they will be initially $600 to $700, with the price coming down later as the parts become cheaper.   Microsoft claims that they are going to take a $200 loss on their game system, but they are going to offer a monthly game subscription service which would likely be profitable for them. 

I heard a report that the PS5 costs $450 to build, but even though it is not as quite as powerful as the XBox Series X, it has a more expensive SSD, so it hard for me to imagine that they could build it for so little money.  

My main interest is how powerful the AMD APU's are in these things for presumably lower cost.  I want the same deal in a desktop computer, but I'm not likely to get it.  At the moment it would be very expensive to build something comparable, like at least $1500. 

Best wishes,

John Coffey

On Jul 26, 2020, at 9:30 PM, Larry Trout <> wrote:

Friday, July 24, 2020

AMD's most important product ever - Ryzen 9 4900HS

It is amazing what AMD is doing with processors. This mobile processor benchmarks at 246% of my 2017 3.4 GHz Core-I5 iMac.

AMD is accomplishing this with Zen 2 architecture.  Zen 3 releases at the end of the year, reportedly with 15% better performance  The new gaming consoles from Microsoft and Sony coming out for Christmas will be using AMD Zen 3 chips.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Re: iPhone 4: 10 Years Later - 2020 Review

A few years before smartphones came out, I bought a very cheap digital camera. The resolution was like 1/4 megapixel. I think that it was 640x480, but it wasn't that long ago, 20 years, that this was a standard computer monitor resolution. My monitor at home was probably no better.

At that time, 2-megapixel cameras were expensive, like $300.  The funny thing is that the cheap camera actually took decent pictures at least compared to what I was used to, which wasn't much.  

On Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 9:52 PM John Coffey wrote:

I really loved the iPhone 4/5. It is still my favorite design.  The bands on the side gave it a sturdiness.
I was in Salt Lake City on a slope near the base of a mountain where I dropped the iPhone 5. It went bouncing on pavement downhill but suffered only very minor scuffs on the corners.

Because of the Antennagate on the iPhone 4, there was a problem with the signal not being as strong if your fingers crossed a certain spot on the external antennas, but it wasn't much of a problem for me.  As a result, Apple gave everybody a free case, which I got, but I didn't use it much.

I was actually pretty happy with the iPhone 4 camera.  There was a time when 5 megapixel was considered premium.