Looking at the way the Ryzen hype-train is building steam around these parts, it seems like folks have almost forgotten that AMD also makes graphics cards. That might change later this month at GDC 2017. AMD has opened registrations for the "Capsaicin & Cream" live-stream and developer sessions it will be running at the conference.
The unnamed Vega chip we saw in December
At last year's Capsaicin livestream, AMD announced the Radeon Pro Duo and gave us a quick teaser of its Polaris line of graphics cards that came out a few months later. Details regarding this year's livestream are slim, but the event's registration page promises to feature "the hottest new graphics and VR technologies." After the Capsaicin livestream, AMD will host developer sessions with guests from Unity and Epic.
When we hear about new graphics technologies from AMD, it's hard not to think about its upcoming Vega architecture. In December, we were given a detailed look at Vega, but AMD kept its lips sealed about how the actual graphics cards will shape up. If the company has new products to show off at Capsaicin, that may be good news for enthusiasts. The graphics cards AMD released last summer are excellent mid-range and low-end choices and continue to show up in our system guides, but Nvidia's GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 have uncontested control of the high-end graphics card market.
All that being said, AMD hasn't actually made an announcement about a Vega release. While we're excited to see what AMD has up its sleeve, we don't want to buffalo our readers with unfounded rumors and excessive speculation. The Capsaicin livestream will be held on February 28th from 10:30 to 11:30 PST. We'll dig into the details then.