CES 2024 preview: The future of PC gaming hardware

We’re simply weeks away from the most important tech jamboree of the yr, the Consumer Electronics Show or CES. It’s anticipated that 130,000 attendees and three,500 distributors will descend on the sprawling advanced of exhibition facilities and present flooring throughout Las Vegas for the occasion, which opens on January 9.Among them might be our very personal Jacob, battling by the hordes to carry you the easiest PC gaming tech from the present. But precisely what’s going to he discover at CES 2024?Everything AI, unexpectedly(Image credit score: Intel)Yo dawg. Heard you want AI. So we took some AI and made it clever and synthetic after which ran all of it by a big language mannequin. Probably. Basically, if you happen to’re not into AI, steer clear of CES 2024. It’s going to be all over the place. Actually, that is Intel’s Marketing tag line that might be hammered to demise at CES, actually “AI Everywhere”.The relaxation of the tech giants will virtually actually have an AI message to promote, too. How a lot any of it interprets into tangible merchandise and real-world advantages, particularly for PC gaming, stays to be seen.Nvidia tremendous sizes(Image credit score: Future)Of the massive noises in PC tech, Nvidia will most likely be alone in rolling out one thing genuinely new within the form of “Super” branded updates for its present RTX 40-series line of gaming graphics playing cards.We’ve achieved the rumours to demise, however we’re anticipating an RTX 4070 Super, and RTX 4070 Ti Super, and an RTX 4080 Super. Of these three, it is the RTX 4070 Ti Super that guarantees to be the most important step ahead. That’s as a result of it is rumoured to make the leap away from Nvidia’s AD104 chip to the larger AD103 GPU, the latter utilized by the RTX 4080, at the moment.The RTX 4070 Super and RTX 4080 Super are considered smaller upgrades utilizing the identical silicon as present non-Super GPUs. Perhaps simply aas necessary is the query of what’s going to occur to these present GPUs. Will they disappear? Or may they get a pricing haircut?Either approach, what you will not see is Nvidia’s next-gen Blackwell GPUs, most likely to be branded RTX 50-s Series. They will not seem till no less than the tip of 2024 and perhaps not till early 20225.As a closing outdoors, may Nvidia start speaking about its rumoured ARM CPU for PCs at CES? 2024 is the yr that we’re anticipating to see some critical motion on excessive efficiency ARM chips for PCs, so it is nearly doable.Intel Meteor Lake’s deep affectWill Intel’s Meteor Lake laptop computer chip be a return to kind? (Image credit score: Intel)You’ve seen the previews, however CES ought to see a slew of Meteor Lake based mostly laptops all touting Intel’s new chip. Early previews of the brand new chip are slightly underwhelming. But perhaps Intel could make an even bigger affect with Meteor Lake and the brand new Core Ultra Series of laptop computer CPUs at CES.More broadly, Intel might be bigging up the AI capabilities of Meteor Lake beneath its “AI Everywhere” banner throughout CEO Pat Gelisgner’s CES keynote. Will we see some killer new apps to take benefit of the NPU in Meteor Lake? Maybe, however extra doubtless are a couple of barely meh tech demos operating one thing like native AI picture technology on the NPU after which a load of constructive however obscure sentiments concerning the transformative energy of AI.Everything AMD FSR, unexpectedly?AMD is rebooting its Phoenix APU for CES. (Image credit score: AMD)Sorry for the repeat gag, however AMD has already introduced that its FSR 3 upscaling tech goes open supply, making it simpler for anybody so as to add assist, together with community-based modders. You may argue what FSR actually wants is extra polish and work from AMD itself, not a lot more video games with barely tough across the edges scaling assist.Speaking of extra polish, AMD has been saying extra video games with FSR 3 assist and the addition of variable refresh assist for its fluid movement body technology know-how inside FSR 3. So, there’s extra in- home work occurring, too. Expect to see AMD flesh out additional enhancements to FSR 3 at CES.AMD can even be making an AI pitch courtesy of its new Hawk Point laptop computer chip, which is actually simply the superb Phoenix chip already utilized in the whole lot from laptops to gaming handhelds. That’s most likely fantastic, as a result of it is an incredible chip. Anyway, it is branded Ryzen 8000 sequence, which is slightly deceptive, however incorporates the identical AI-accelerating NPU as present Ryzen 7000 laptop computer APUs, permitting AMD to make that all-important AI pitch at CES.Finally, there is a tiny probability AMD might wheel out a refreshed model of its N31 GPU, as seen within the Radeon RX 7900 XT and XTX graphics playing cards, to deal with Nvidia’s Super Series graphics. If so, it will be the identical silicon operating slightly quicker, not one thing truly new.Qualcomm’s new killer CPUQualcomm thinks its new Arm CPU is an x86 killer. (Image credit score: Qualcomm)We’re not anticipating to have the ability to truly purchase a laptop computer with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X Elite Arm-powered CPU till June. But it is odds on Qualcomm will present some units operating the chip at CES. Snapdragon X Elite seems to be to have aggressive processing energy in comparison with the very best x86 CPUs from Intel and AMD, however may supply a lot better effectivity. Think of it as bringing one thing just like the steadiness of efficiency and effectivity of Apple’s M sequence chips to the PC and you’ll have roughly the suitable concept.With Nvidia and probably AMD additionally anticipated to be bringing Arm-powered CPUs to the PC within the subsequent yr or so, the lengthy awaited transition of the PC  from x86 to Arm may simply be upon us and CES 2024 may very well be a key punctuation level alongside the best way.Ole, ole, OLED(Image credit score: LG)Expect to see lots of new OLED gaming displays at CES. A key new section might be 32-inch 4K fashions utilizing each LG and Samsung OLED panels. However, with information that TCL can be mentioning manufacturing of its personal OLED panels for displays, it will be attention-grabbing to see if any new closing monitor merchandise within the 32-inch 4K area based mostly on TCL’s new low-cost inkjet printed OLED tech are proven off at CES.We’re additionally hoping to see heaps of new gaming laptops with OLED display know-how from heaps of the massive manufacturers.TeeVee tech(Image credit score: Samsung S90C)CES additionally debuts a mountain of new TV tech and mannequin ranges. For us, they’re principally attention-grabbing as a result of the panel tech seen in these new TVs often finds its approach into PC displays in the end.Hopefully, CES 2024 will see progress from OLED panels in phrases of full-screen brightness. We’d additionally like to see some new lower-cost shows utilizing microLED know-how, however that’s most likely nonetheless years away.Cooler-running PCIe 5 SSDs(Image credit score: Future)As we reported, Phison has a brand new fanless PCIe Gen 5 controller for SSDs. It’s not fairly as quick in phrases of peak throughput as its present controller, the recent and hungry E26, however critically it might run with out the necessity for energetic cooling. CES ought to see quite a few drives with the brand new chip debut. Silicon Motion has its personal new PCIe 5 SSD controller within the works and it is claimed to be no less than 30% extra vitality environment friendly than the Phison E26 whereas providing basically the identical bandwidth. It’s not clear if the Silicon Motion controller wants energetic cooling for peak efficiency, however we might discover out at CES.Weird and whacky prototypes(Image credit score: Razer)Of course, it would not be CES with no few bizarre and whacky prototypes. Back in 2008, Alienware wowed the world with a prototype curved PC monitor with an ultrawide 21:9 facet. Could you think about such a factor?Actually, again then it used DLP rear projection, so it was genuinely bizarre, even by as we speak’s requirements. But it actually offered a glimpse of the future. As did the hand held gaming PC that Alienware confirmed off at CES 2020. It seems to be similar to the current bevy of AMD-powered handhelds together with the Asus RoG Ally.2017 noticed a triple-screen Razer laptop computer, whereas extra prosaic ideas embody new case and motherboard kind components, and new cooling applied sciences. Last yr was all about foldable screens, so will probably be attention-grabbing to see what themes emerge in 2024’s present. How a few laptop computer PC that may efficiently sleep with out draining its battery or hanging? Now that might be a technical marvel!Oh and whilst you’re ready for this yr’s present, why not peruse our preview from final yr see how a lot we obtained proper…


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