Watch AMD’s Vega & Ryzen “Capsaicin & Cream” Live Event Here – Tune In At 10:30AM PT

Feb 28, 2017

We’re less than 14 hours away from AMD’s Capsaicin & Cream media event which is going to be streamed live over the web. AMD has announced that it will talk about and show more of its Ryzen CPUs as well as its next generation Radeon graphics technology, i.e. Vega.

More Of AMD’s Ryzen & An RX 500 Series Vega Sneak-Peek

The event will kick off Tuesday morning at 10:30AM PT and will be livestreamed so Radeon fans can tune in and enjoy the show over the web. At the company’s last Capsaicin event in March of last year we got a glimpse of AMD’s then yet unreleased Polaris graphics architecture. It was a sizable media event and a host of new details about the RX 400 series were revealed. At this year’s Capsiacin event AMD has announced that it will be giving its fans a sneak-peek of the “summer of Radeon”.

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GDC 2017: Summer of Radeon Sneak Peek

Capsaicin is the legendary component in chili peppers that adds that indescribably addictive kick to spicy foods. It elevates your favorite meal and propels your taste buds into overdrive.

We love Capsaicin because it reminds us of the magic that game and VR developers craft every day when they turn raw code into exciting, memorable and addicting experiences.

On February 28, kick off your GDC with an exclusive glimpse into the Summer of Radeon and beyond! Our feature-packed show will be highlighted by the hottest new graphics and VR technologies propelling the game industry forward – with previews of the summer’s hottest PC games and VR experiences from the biggest names in the business.

AMD’s Capsaicin Livestream kicks off at 10:30AM PT and you won’t want to miss it. Be sure to come back here for the livestream.


The event has just ended. So what was Raja’s big “spicy” announcement? AMD’s Vega based graphics cards won’t be called the RX 500 series. They’ll officially be branded Radeon RX Vega.

Vega, AMD’s Gift To Radeon Enthusiasts – 14nm, HBM2 & GTX 1080+ Performance

Vega is Radeon Technologies Group’s all new graphics architecture that is set to power the company’s next generation family of high-end Radeon 500 series graphics cards. This is cutting edge 14nm architecture and represents the most significant leap forward for the company in half a decade and its first featuring HBM2 (2nd generation High Bandwidth Memory). The performance demos that AMD has showcased of Vega so far have painted a picture of an enthusiast class chip, the fastest that the company has ever built, going toe-to-toe with NVIDIA’s GTX 1080.

Ryzen CPUs are slated for an official launch on March 2nd while Vega GPUs are officially slated for release in the second quarter of 2017. To learn more about Vega you check out our comprehensive overview of the next generation GPU family and the brand new graphics architecture here.

AMD Vega Lineup

Graphics Card Radeon R9 Fury X Radeon RX 480 Radeon RX Vega Frontier Edition Radeon Vega Pro Radeon RX Vega (Gaming) Radeon RX Vega Pro Duo
GPU Fiji XT Polaris 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 2x Vega 10
Process Node 28nm 14nm FinFET FinFET FinFET FinFET FinFET
Stream Processors 4096 2304 4096 3584 4096 (?) Up to 8192
Performance 8.6 TFLOPS
8.6 (FP16) TFLOPS
5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS
~25 (FP16) TFLOPS
22 (FP16) TFLOPS
>25 (FP16) TFLOPS
Memory Bus 4096-bit 256-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit 4096-bit
Bandwidth 512GB/s 256GB/S 480GB/S 400GB/S TBA TBA
Launch 2015 2016 June 2017 June 2017 July 2017 TBA

AMD GDC 2017 Sessions

Session Speaker Room Day/Time
D3D12 and Vulkan Done Right Gareth Thomas (AMD) 2006 Monday
Wave Programming in D3D12 and Vulkan David Lively (AMD) & Holger Gruen (NVIDIA) 2006 Monday
Async Compute – Deep Dive Alex Dunn (NVIDIA) & Stephan Hodes (AMD) 2006 Monday
Cinematic Depth of Field Karl Hillesland (AMD) 2006 Monday
16:00- 17:00

AMD GDC 2017 Sessions – Other

Session Speaker Room Day/Time
D3D12 & Vulkan: Lessons learned Matthaeus Chajdas (AMD) 2020 Wednesday
9.30-   10.30
Advanced Shader Programming on GCN Timothy Lottes (AMD) 3009 Wednesday
14.00- 15.00
Real-Time Finite Element Method (FEM) and TressFX 4.0 Eric Larsen (AMD) & Dongsoo Han (AMD) 3009 Wednesday
15.30-  16.30
Explicit DirectX 12 Multi GPU rendering Raul Aguaviva (AMD) & Dan Baker (Oxide Games) 3009 Thursday 10:00- 11:00
True Audio Next and Multimedia AMD APIs in games and VR applications development Mikhail Mironov (AMD) & Pavel Siniavine (AMD) 3009 Thursday 11:30-  12:30
Radeon ProRender and Radeon Rays in a Gaming rendering workflow Dmitry Kozlov (AMD) & Takahiro Harada (AMD) 3009 Thursday 14:45-  15:45
Optimizing for AMD Ryzen CPU Kenneth Mitchell (AMD) & Elliot Kim (AMD) 3009 Thursday 16:00- 17:00