Don't get too excited about this news, but AMD tells me that its next flagship Radeon R9 graphics card is up and running at GDC, powering an Oculus-based Epic "Showdown" demo.
Inside the box…
During my meeting with AMD today I was told that inside that little PC sits the "upcoming flagship Radeon R9 graphics card" but, of course, no other information was given. The following is an estimated transcript of the event:
Ryan: Can I see it?
Ryan: I can't even take the side panel off it?
Ryan. How can I know you're telling the truth then? Can I open up the driver or anything?
Ryan: GPU-Z? Anything?
Well, I tried.
Is this the rumored R9 390X with the integrated water cooler? Is it something else completely? AMD wouldn't even let me behind the system to look for a radiator so I'm afraid that is where my speculation will end.
Hooked up to the system was a Crescent Bay Oculus headset running the well-received Epic "Showdown" demo. The experience was smooth though of course there were no indications of frame rate, etc. while it was going on. After our discussion with AMD earlier in the week about its LiquidVR SDK, AMD is clearly taking the VR transition seriously. NVIDIA's GPUs might be dominating the show-floor demos but AMD wanted to be sure it wasn't left out of the discussion.
Can I just get this Fiji card already??
You can find Crescent Bay prototypes all over the GDC Expo floor! Visit Crytek’s booth for a brand new “Back to Dinosaur Island” experience in CryEngine, pop by Unity’s booth to see a demonstration of the great new features in Unity 5 for Oculus developers or head over to Epic Games and NVIDIA’s booth to see the latest Showdown and Thief in the Shadows experiences running on NVIDIA’s new TITAN X GPU in UE4.
Good try. Next time ask if
Good try. Next time ask if you can smell it? Just a sniff! Or maybe a benchmark for some game. Even with beta drivers there has to be excellent performance with the RAM they are using.
Flagship card in ghetto
Flagship card in ghetto case??
That is what i was thinking
That is what i was thinking when i saw the pic……….
That’s how AMD has been doing
That’s how AMD has been doing things for quite some time – the penny pinching at the public end is embarrassing.
I hope they at least rented real space for the conference instead of like bagging some cheap hole across the street to something they weren’t going to pay for and/or weren’t invited to.
Maybe they sconged boothspace cheap off the Lone Gunmen.
You don’t get it. The “case”
You don’t get it. The “case” IS the entire card itself! *AMD sarcasm*
Ok so this whole AMD
Ok so this whole AMD “display” and VR game was like a sleazy tease job with no release, and no proof of what exactly was under the hood during the ride.
It could be a trans for all we know at this point.