PS5 restock trackers don't always work for everyone. Some people would get lucky, some not. But perhaps this is a hardware compromise a few folks are willing to take.
Earlier this year, AMD announced a barebones desktop kit that features a Zen 2-based 4700S, which is more or less the same chip from the PS5 but with the integrated graphics disabled. And now, there are over 80 different mini-ITX designs to be released of the kit, writes NotebookCheck.net.
The AMD 4700S desktop kit is no PS5, sure. But if you want to build a quick and relatively capable gaming system in a pinch, this is the way to go. There are a few catches, though, according to the official page for the product.
You'll still get the 8-core, 16-thread processor from the PS5 with built-in 8 or 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, a single PCIe x16 Gen 2 slot to install a graphics card in, and a CPU cooler all in one. But you can't throw in any GPU you can find because only these cards are supported:
- Radeon 550 series GeForce GT 710
- Radeon RX 550 GeForce GT 730
- Radeon RX 560 GeForce GT 1030
- Radeon RX 570 GeForce GTX 1050
- Radeon RX 580 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- Radeon RX 590 GeForce GTX 1060
While the hardware support on the graphics side may be lacking, however, the AMD 4700S is still going to be a pretty good performer in basic to intermediate productivity tasks. And AMD is making sure to market the kit to people who want to build a small form factor machine for the likes of media center and light gaming use.
PS5 Hardware for Cheap? Better Than Nothing, Really
PS5 restock trackers are working around the clock, sure. But for the past half a year since the Sony console was released, the terms "PS5" and "cheap" haven't really gone well together.
The next-gen console has been pretty tough to come by at a reasonable price because of worldwide supply issues. The alternative isn't good enough either: building a gaming PC is also too expensive with graphics cards and other components marked up. But for those who absolutely have to have a working system, then the AMD 4700S kit fits the bill.
There's a good chance that a lot of people are still sticking to hardware from last-gen because brand new ones are still overpriced. A perfect example would be the GTX 1060, which right now remains the most popular GPU according to the latest Steam Hardware Survey. Plop that into the AMD 4700S kit, and that system would be a pretty capable 1080p gaming machine--on paper.
Is It Worth Buying?
For some reason, you need to have the hardware on the PS5, then, by all means, buy the AMD 4700S kit. But looking at the bigger picture, it's not worth anything beyond the compact media center PC category. The severe graphics card support limitation is the biggest factor.
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Written by RJ Pierce