AMD Plans to Release SFF Quantum PC with Zen CPU and Vega GPU
A new report has just surfaced on the web which claims that AMD’s Project Quantum is not dead. In fact, the chip maker is planning to release a new version of Quantum with highly anticipated Zen based CPU and Vega GPU.
For those who don’t know, Project Quantum is an amazingly tiny, liquid-cooled custom built PC made by AMD for Fiji announcement. The prototype PC was unveiled as part of AMD’s E3 presentation last year. Surprisingly, the device showcased at the event was powered by Intel’s Core i7-4790K “Devil’s Canyon” chip, rather than in-house AMD FX CPUs.
AMD officials later confirmed that the Project initially had in fact AMD hardware, but their FX CPUs were simply not suitable for such a powerful graphics card that R9 Fury X was. Worth mentioning, the two-story PC was announced with dual-Fiji, but the working samples that were sent to the reviewers had only Fury X installed.
The motherboard on board was ASRock Z97 Mini-ITX and memory by Crucial. Additionally, the prototype PC packed many 3D printed parts and CNC water blocks.
Project Quantum was indeed a very unique concept that many believed would become a reality. Unfortunately, it was postponed because of the lack of the high-end AMD CPU and motherboard that could be coupled with Radeon Pro Duo in this small form factor.
A new report from Czech technology website Diit.cz however suggests that AMD might re-release Quantum with its next gen hardware, i.e, Zen CPU and Vega GPU. This sounds pretty interesting, isn’t it?
This also means the new Quantum could benefit from 14nm FinFET technology as well as latest display DisplayPort 1.3 and HDMI 2.0 connectors, making it capable to handle VR for which it was originally intended for.
Take this rumor with a grain of salt though, as nothing is official as of yet. We’re keeping our eyes and update you on the latest as it happens. Stay tuned!
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