AMD teases upcoming Capsaicin & Cream event

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.

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    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Bribery event. This stuff is prevalent throughout the entire industry, and people should recognize it for what it is.

    Throw a big, spare no expense party for the journalists, and they’ll review your products better. Anyone who attends this event and softballs their articles will be seen for the sellouts they are.

    Thanks DoomGuy64! The same people who upthumbed him in the Nvidia story can do it here too!

      • TheMonkeyKing
      • 3 years ago

      Same thing said for the nVidia event. Bunches of down votes there and nada here.

      No AMD fanboyz to kick this one too? Or, equal amounts of both sides canceling…

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    nah, i already had some Capsaicin & Cream for lunch at this awesome indian place. the chicken vindaloo and fish moilee were awesome!

    • deruberhanyok
    • 3 years ago

    AMD, please, just tell us what the video cards will be and when we will be able to buy one. You don’t even need to show one. Just throw us a bone.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      “No! We live in an age where everything is streamed so we have to stream it in the middle of the day while most people are probably working anyway.”

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    So…Ryzen is building STEAM? So it’s Ryzen STEAM? Does Valve know about this? Don’t you think you should tell them?

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    “buffalo”
    – Eric Born, the Tech Report

    That’s a big die. Is Vega right up against the interposer size limit again?

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      It’s up against the limit of that particular interposer but all the estimates of Vega’s die are that it is big but still smaller than Fiji.

      Plus there are only 2 stacks of HBM on that part instead of four.

      So there could be a bigger interposer for different parts.

        • jts888
        • 3 years ago

        Individual processor dies clearly need to be within reticle limits for a fabrication node (~600 mm^2 for TSMC at the moment), but interposers aren’t limited the same way. The “bridge” segments connecting each memory controller PHY to an HBM module, or processor to processor in a MCM, can be printed independently with power, external IO, etc going straight down through the substrate.

        Even if a given whole interposer were small enough to fit in the fab reticle, it would still be cheaper to have multiple independent printed segments if any major blocks are replicated such that mask fabrication could be reduced.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      It’s spreading!

      • EricBorn
      • 3 years ago

      Moo.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    You don’t *want* to buffalo your readers?

    I don’t *want* to get out of bed every morning either, but I still make it to the office every day.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      And here I thought TR was going to wish us all a happy Buffalotines day.

    • Mr Bill
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<] we don't want to buffalo our readers with unfounded rumors and excessive speculation[/quote<] Err, Mooo?

    • christos_thski
    • 3 years ago

    Last year’s event was silly, they just … showed Hitman running on polaris, no details (whoop whoop it runs!). Funny thing being, I am currently actually running an RX480 card on my rig and finding it a very good card. But last year’s event had failed to ignite much interest. Same thing with Ryzen, stupid blender demos and vague non detailed game runs, while judging from what has been leaked, the CPU is actually turning out to be very competitive. AMD has to rethink how they present their products.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      AMD marketing has been a joke for years. Just ignore it!

        • stefem
        • 3 years ago

        Well, it’s mostly true but they quite succeed in building the “async shader” jingle and in blaming others (dev an competitors) for their problems 😛

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Not to bash AMD but I think they should think of a better name than Capsaicin, and Capsaicin and Cream just sinks the boat. I honestly think it sounds pretty lame. Now don’t stone me, I’m just giving some constructive criticism and honest, frank opinion.

      • SecretMaster
      • 3 years ago

      Their marketing team has historically been terrible. It will never change. Lets not forget that they named their CPU’s “Phenom”

        • christos_thski
        • 3 years ago

        The computer geeks at the philosophy department did have some fun with that nomenclature. All 3 of us.

        • the
        • 3 years ago

        Still better than Duron.

          • ronch
          • 3 years ago

          And Sempron.

          Good grief.

        • NTMBK
        • 3 years ago

        Because that’s better than “Core iWhatever”?

          • chuckula
          • 3 years ago

          Core iwhatever is boring.
          Phenom is just plain silly.

            • ronch
            • 3 years ago

            Core is boring but it doesn’t make you say, “Er, wat?”

          • ronch
          • 3 years ago

          I’m not sure it’s Intel that pays Apple or the other way around for the use of the letter ‘i’.

        • ronch
        • 3 years ago

        To be honest I think Ryzen sounds lame too. The ton of puns posted here at TR alone when the name was revealed is proof. But we’ll just put up with it because the product is so badly needed.

      • VincentHanna
      • 3 years ago

      I’ll admit that I’m not exactly sure what they are trying to say with the slogan (is it a reference to their “fixer” series of ads? Is it a yin yang kindof thing? Is it supposed to be sexy like a sriracha condom?) I don’t get it.

      That said, imo the name is memorable, alliterative and has a decent T-shirtable logo. It’s fine.

        • ronch
        • 3 years ago

        Chili con Radeon?

          • VincentHanna
          • 3 years ago

          That sounds vaguely Mexican. Deport them!

            • ronch
            • 3 years ago

            I will install a firewall. It will be beautiful and strong.

            • tipoo
            • 3 years ago

            I have a son—he’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe, it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole firewall. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester. And certainly cyber is one of them.

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            You should use your twitter account rather than posting on these forums to make such a clear and coherent point as you just did, as long as you’re not mexican.

      • alrey
      • 3 years ago

      not if youre gonna get creamed by girls at the party 🙂

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    How I am supposed to make a quip about this when you went AMD went and did it for me!

    Darn you AMD!
    Darn you to heck!

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Moo moo mo********!

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