Hardware review: disappointing year-end


Hardware 2020: anticipation and frustration

The year 2020 was a very special year, which no one could have guessed 12 months ago. We owe this mainly to the nasty new corona virus, which killed many people around the world and caused many restrictions to normal life. Despite the vaccinations that are now available against the virus, both will certainly keep us in suspense for a few months. But when it comes to gaming hardware, 2020 was a year that many will not forget.


At the beginning of the year there was still more anticipation, because the connoisseurs were looking forward to new processors and, above all, new graphics cards. Console fans were again looking forward to the new Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X.







Playstation 5: In short supply also from dealers who bought consoles from customers via bots.



Playstation 5: In short supply also from dealers who bought consoles from customers via bots.

Source: Sony




The anticipation was not disappointed when it comes to the question of what the new CPUs and graphics cards do in relation to their prices provided by AMD, Intel and Nvidia. And the new game consoles are also a nice piece of technology for their price recommendations. But apart from the Intel CPUs, the anticipation of many gamers has turned into frustration and annoyance from late autumn – because the long-awaited products are hardly available and where you can still get them, sometimes outrageously expensive. In our review of the year, we devote a complete page to the topic of "market situation for gamer hardware" – but first let us begin in chronological order with other interesting topics that existed around hardware and electronics in 2020 and that we also reported on. We will also deal with the currently barely available graphics cards and CPUs in chronological order, but leave out the topic of availability, as we dedicate a separate page to this.


January and February 2020: CES and RX 5600 XT

The beginning of the year traditionally had to offer the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. Corona or Covid-19 was not an issue at the time, so the fair took place as normal as possible.







A particularly small variant of the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT from Powercolor



A particularly small variant of the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT from Powercolor

Source: PC games hardware




Shortly after the end of the fair, we summarized the interesting things about CES 2020 in a special. For the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, Sony and Microsoft respectively announced a few key data and a planned release in time for the Christmas business. AMD talked about plans for new CPUs and graphics cards, Intel informed about CPU plans and a pre-production model of the Intel DG1 graphics card. Other topics at CES 2020 were a mini PC from Razer, notebooks and monitors from MSI and a concept study from Dell for a kind of Nintendo Switch clone. Another hardware innovation was really relevant for gamers in January: the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, whose performance we also reported in a graphics card special. And as usual, there were new Samsung Galaxy smartphones in February 2020 – this habit will probably be broken in 2021, because Samsung will probably present the new S21 models as early as mid-January.

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