During AMD’s “New Era of PC Gaming” presentation this morning, AMD President & CEO President Lisa Su took the stage to discuss something a bit surprising: An entirely new class of compact PC designed in-house called “Project Quantum.”
“When I think about AMD, what do we stand for? We stand for building great products.” said Dr. Lisa Su. “Today we’re not just talking about a chip, we’re talking about a family of products. When we think about GPUs and gamers, we think about every aspect that’s important. It’s about performance, power, power efficiency, and new form factors. It’s about what we can bring to PC gaming.”
Earlier in the presentation, AMD unveiled The Radeon R9 Fury X (liquid cooled) and AMD Radeon R9 Fury (air cooled), video cards that implement their new Fiji architecture with High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM). HBM allows the typical size of a graphics card to shrink, and apparently it can shrink dramatically.
Nowhere is this more obvious than the new AMD Radeon Fury Nano, a card that delivers 2x the performance per watt over the Radeon 290x, and looks to be literally half the size.
Despite looking no more than 10 inches wide and 10 inches deep, Project Quantum packs two 9.5″ liquid-cooled Fiji GPUs into its unique looking chassis. (That sounds vague because it is. AMD left many crucial details out, which is understandable at a more approachable event like this geared toward the general public.)
I should be clear that this is just a prototype, but AMD very much intends to bring Project Quantum to market. Right now it’s using an off the shelf mini-ITX board, with no proprietary components aside from the chassis itself. And it certainly shows off the shrinking form factor that HBM makes possible. Will this very system come to market? I intend to find out.
Details were sparse, but I expect to take a deep dive with the new Fiji GPU products and the Project Quantum system in the near future. What I can say at this point is that’s it an incredibly sexy looking PC, and I’m looking forward to learning more about both it, and the inevitable wave of even tinier living room PCs to come. It’s ridiculously exciting to imagine a PC this compact and future-cool, capable of quality 4K and VR gaming.
Stay tuned for more news and analysis from AMD’s PC Gaming Show and press briefings later today.