CES 2017 has been and gone, and with it came an onslaught of new Tech. One thing that had me very excited about this year’s event was the promise of details of AMD’s new platform on both the CPU and GPU front, namely Ryzen and Vega, respectively.

AMD definitely had plenty of info to provide on their new hardware, even showcasing a system powered by both of the aforementioned components.

This did not disappoint,  showing that the pairing was well able to demolish Doom played at 4K on Ultra settings. 

Ryzen:

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AMD announced that they’ll launch their new AM4 platform with 16 motherboards from big boys such as Asus, ASRock, MSI, Gigabyte, and Biostar. These motherboards are expected to have a long life span, with AMD reporting that the unified AM4 platform will last until 2020, until the likes of DDR5 RAM will appear on the market.

Over a dozen boutique PC Builders from around the world will also be releasing builds on the same day the new chip hits the shelves.

Hit the ground running with this one, AMD!

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An in-depth look at AM4s’ Chipsets and Capabilites

Vega:

Team Red has certainly thrown a spanner in the works with it’s new GPU architecture, Vega. The high end Vega-10 GPU will be available in the first half of 2017.

The consumer card that was shown featured 8 GB of HBM2 VRAM, taking titles such as Doom and Star Wars: Battlefront in it’s stride, at 4K ultra settings, no less. 

These cards will be aimed at AAA gaming and VR titles, set to directly oppose Nvidia’s GTX1080. Big shoes to fill. Will Vega wear the shoe, possibly even lace it up aswel?

We’ll have to wait until May to find out.

AMD’s Vega in action, gaffer tape and all

What do you think?

Will AMD wreak havoc upon the seemingly uninspired CPU market?

Will Vega blow Pascal out of the water?

Stay tuned.

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