AMD Project Quantum May Never Hit the Market
Earlier this year at E3 2015, Advanced Micro Devices demonstrated the Project Quantum ‘console sized’ mini PC that looked like an impressive piece of hardware. At the time, AMD said the Project Quantum PC was aimed at 4K and VR and would be made available this autumn.
The company updated about the project in late June again and revealed its plans to design Quantum PCs featuring both AMD and Intel CPU choices, to address the entire market. The release schedule remained as ‘autumn’.
However, despite of early claims by the company, it seems like the small form-factor multi-GPU PC may never make it to the market. Today, in an interview with PCR, Richard Hudd, chief gaming scientist of AMD, stressed that Project Quantum is just a concept as of yet, and even if it will be made commercially, it will still be very rare.
“I don’t know whether we have an OEM who is committed to building something like it,” said Huddy. “We built it as a concept PC, so like concept cars it’s not usually practical to take it straight to market, that wouldn’t make a great deal of sense. But it’s not far from that.”
The Project Quantum device is powered by a customized version of Asrock’s Z97E-ITX/ac mainboard, Intel Corp.’s Core i7-4790K “Devil’s Canyon” processor as well as dual-chip AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury X2.
With this specification list, the product should be more than capable of handling anything 4K 60fps while staying super quiet and super cool, thanks to AMD’s liquid cooling technology.
Since Project Quantum uses a lot of custom components, it’s unlikely that it will be made commercially, but the option was not ruled out by Huddy.
“I would think that if we have the right kind of conversations with some of these OEMs, then we might well turn it into a real product,” said. Huddy.
“In that case, it will probably be a very small number. Maybe only one or at most a handful of PC manufacturers who would bring that to market, potentially. It’s a custom piece, not a high volume piece, but it is a thing of beauty.”