CES is the largest consumer tech trade show. With many companies across the industry attending to announce new products or concepts, new GPUs are among one of the most anticipated things people hope to see during the event.
With AMD and Nvidia both announcing the next iterations in its Radeon RX 6000 and GeForce RTX 30 series, respectively, and Intel soon to enter the GPU battle, here’s a roundup of every graphics card announced at CES 2022.
The main attraction from AMD in terms of GPUs is its new entry-level GPU, the Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card, which will release on January 19. AMD prices the GPU at $199, but with an ongoing chip shortage and a previous track record of third-party GPU makers such as MSI increasing the street price, these GPUs may be hard to find and more expensive than what its debut price is slated.
The Radeon RX 6500 XT, like others in the RX 6000 series, features RDNA 2 graphical architecture, and the lower-end GPU model aims to run the latest titles at 1080p on the highest settings.
AMD claims that when stacked up against its own RX 570 and Nvidia’s aging GTX 1650, the RX 6500 XT will deliver up to 1.6 times the performance on the highest 1080p settings in newer titles, though performance is unknown when stacked up against the re-released RTX 2060 or even Nvidia’s lower-end GPUs in the RTX 30 series.
AMD also announced the RX 6400, though based on the specs, it appears this GPU will be aimed more as a GPU for OEMs.
Intel is planning to take on AMD and Nvidia in the GPU market this year, with its first generation of Arc series GPUs codenamed Alchemist slated to release sometime early this year. While Intel did not unveil firm specifications nor imagery, let alone a release date for the Arc Alchemist GPUs outside of Q1 2022, Intel provided some new information on Xe Super Sampling Tech (XeSS), which is announced last August when it confirmed it was making GPUs.
XeSS is Intel’s response to Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s FSR; each supersampling tech’s overall goal is to provide an extra boost in either performance or resolution without your PC rigs requiring additional horsepower. XeSS, like DLSS, is AI-driven.
At CES 2022, Intel confirmed early supporters of the XeSS supersampling tech ahead of launching Intel Arc GPUs. Developers, including Ubisoft, Kojima Productions, IO Interactive, and ten additional studios, have all committed to supporting XeSS in its games. Most notably, the PC port of Death Stranding Director’s Cut, which was also announced today, has been officially confirmed to be one of the first games to support Intel’s XeSS tech.
Like AMD and Intel, Nvidia had plenty of news to share that can get some PC gamers excited for the new tech arriving down the road (provided they can get their hands on it). During its livestream, the GPU giant announced that it was making laptop GPUs of its RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti graphics cards. Starting at $1,499 (or $2,499 if you want an RTX 3080 Ti gaming laptop), Nvidia’s gaming laptops arrive on February 1 and the company claims these GPUs are faster than Nvidia’s aging Titan RTX desktop GPU.
Nvidia also took the time to announce its new entry-level GPU the RTX 3050, which arrives roughly a week after AMD’s RX 6500 XT on January 27. Nvidia claims its new sub $300 desktop graphics card will deliver a leap in performance over the GTX 1650 and will support DLSS and hardware-accelerated ray tracing.
Towards the end of the stream, Nvidia also announced the long-rumored RTX 3090 Ti. The RTX 3090 Ti will feature 24GB of GDDR6X VRAM and 40 teraflops of GPU performance, making it roughly 11 percent faster than its non-Ti RTX 3090 variant. While no release date or price was revealed during the stream, Nvidia promises to share more information on the GPU next month.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.