CES 2022 brought major announcements from all the big tech companies, especially in the IT realm. We’ve seen new processors, new graphics cards, future laptop models, and even a wacky modular all-in-one desktop. We’ve rounded up the five biggest IT announcements from the show to bring you up to speed.
The show set the tone for the rest of the year, including Omicron’s concerns. CES has shown that the IT crowd isn’t slowing down, and while viral concerns are mounting, the biggest IT companies are committed to releasing new products and keeping their roadmaps on track.
We were expecting new mobile processors from Intel and AMD, but that doesn’t take away from what the companies announced this year. For Intel, the new chips bring the 12th generation Alder Lake hybrid architecture to laptops, rivaling the M1 Max processor that first appeared in the MacBook Pro late last year.
AMD made an even more exciting announcement in the form of the Ryzen 6000. It’s not just about bringing desktop chips to mobile – Ryzen 6000 is a half-generation leap for AMD. Compared to the previous generation, AMD claims that Ryzen 6000 offers up to 2x more games and 2.3x more 3D rendering. And despite sharing the Zen 3 architecture with Ryzen 5000, the new chips bring platform improvement like DDR5.
More importantly, AMD has announced that the Ryzen 6000 processors will include RDNA 2 graphics cores, the same cores used in AMD’s RX 6000 graphics cards. This could be a major change in integrated graphics, as AMD promises massive improvements over the fastest integrated GPUs we’ve seen.
CES updated laptops, paving the way for AMD and Intel to make desktop announcements later in the year.
QD-OLED, or Quantum Dot OLED, is all the rage at CES this year. We’ve seen it on a plethora of TVs, and Alienware has released the first gaming monitor to use display technology. It combines the best of QLED and OLED, and our TV expert Caleb Denison says it produces “the prettiest picture ever.” [he’s] never seen from a screen.
To computer fans, the Alienware 34 QD-OLED looks like a game changer. It’s not the first OLED gaming monitor, but it’s the first to use display technology in a factor of manageable form. We’ve seen plenty of 55-inch OLED TVs loosely disguised as gaming monitors, but the Alienware 34 QD-OLED is the first to come in a 34-inch size that you might reasonably find on a desktop.
It’s an exciting trend for gamers who have been patiently waiting for OLED – or, in this case, QD-OLED – to hit gaming monitors. Hopefully we’ll see 32in and 27in OLED monitors all the way through. year round, bringing the best display technology that televisions have to offer to the gaming crowd.
Nvidia’s announcement of the RTX 3090 Ti certainly turned more heads at CES, but the unveiling of the RTX 3050 and RX 6500 XT carried more weight for us. Considering the trends we’ve seen in graphics cards over the past year and a half, it seemed like budget GPUs were all but dead. But the RTX 3050 and RX 6500 XT show that there is still life.
It’s important to remember that Nvidia never released an RTX 2050, and although AMD did release an RX 5500 XT, the companies’ current-gen ranges have suggested that these types of budget-oriented cards wouldn’t do. part of the range. The RTX 3050 and RX 6500 XT are expected to arrive later in January, priced at $ 249 and $ 199, respectively.
That’s not the price to pay, of course, as the GPU shortage continues to double the cost of graphics cards in many cases. But all the options around that price are graphics cards from a few years ago, like the GTX 1660 Super, which sells for over $ 550 on eBay (it launched in 2019 for $ 229).
At the very least, the RX 6500 XT and RTX 3050 offer gamers a current-gen card so the price hike doesn’t hurt as much. We still refuse to say that a $ 200 card is actually worth $ 400, but that’s exactly where graphics cards are at right now.
The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold won a finalist in the computing category of our CES 2022 awards. It’s not a perfect machine, but it’s a necessary step towards foldable laptops. The Zenbook 17 Fold isn’t the first foldable laptop – Lenovo holds that title with the ThinkPad X1 Fold – but it’s the first that looks like the foldable laptops of the future.
Samsung also showcased its Flex Note foldable laptop and Intel released a foldable display specification as part of the next generation Intel Evo. The Zenbook 17 Fold isn’t a product, it’s a sign that foldable laptops are coming soon, and that they could shake up the mobile market in the next few years.
It’s still a long way off, however. Foldable laptops are experiencing the same growing pains that the mobile market has endured for a few years, and frankly, there is still a long way to go for foldable displays as a whole. The Zenbook 17 Fold is one of the biggest computer announcements at CES 2022 for no other reason than it shows where the designs are heading.
Rounding out our list, Samsung’s ARK gaming monitor, which won our best show award at CES 2022. Why? Well, it’s an OLED gaming monitor that actually works like a monitor. It has an ergonomic stand like you would find on any normal gaming screen which allows the huge 55 inch screen to be completely vertical.
It’s the elevator pitch – a 55-inch monitor that can go vertically – but the ARK offers a lot more. It combines the best features of TVs and gaming monitors, on its own solving the weird crossover issue we’ve seen between monitors and TVs in recent years. It’s the ultimate gaming monitor, and the vertical view is just the icing on the cake.
Part of the reason is that the ARK is excellent in its normal horizontal orientation. The included wireless dial lets you switch between screen sizes and resolutions, so you can pop 32: 9 super ultra-wide gaming at the bottom and use the top for a web browser and chat app . Samsung has found its place with ARK, bringing together the best of its TVs and gaming monitors into one screen.