AMD’s coolest piece of tech at the moment has got to be their ultra-powerful, ultra-small AMD Quantum.
Powered by an Intel i7-4970K and Radeon R9 Fury X2, the Quantum is supposedly capable of achieving 60 fps at 4K (3840*2160) resolution for any game at any settings, and all while remaining whisper silent and very cool.
That’s some pretty impressive specs, but there’s more to it than that.
The AMD Quantum is also engineered from magnesium and aluminium, and as a result, its bespoke chassis is as lightweight as it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It’s an all-round fantastic piece of engineering.
That’s why we knew it’d be rare. It was going to be helluva expensive to buy and difficult to produce on mass, or at least that was the prediction at any rate.
That exclusivity, in combination with unbelievable performance, has made it incredibly attractive to journalists, tech enthusiasts and the general consumer alike.
“The interest we got immediately after E3 was very high, from journalists and consumers and OEM partners,” said AMD’s Richard Huddy.
Rather unfortunately, it now seems that AMD’s little-PC-that-could may never see consumer-grade production at all.
“I don’t know whether we have an OEM who is committed to building something like it. 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.”
Huddy is hopeful, but it’s not guaranteed by any means. “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.”
And even it does happen, it’ll only be in very small numbers – it’s not like we were predicting anything else.
At the moment, it’s a concept PC, designed and built to attract attention to the R9 Fury series, and it’s done a great job of that. But it’s also a concept we’d love to see put into development.
Just imagine what you could do with a PC that compact, while still so powerful.
“It’s got a base of 10 inches by 10 inches and the total volume of the machine is just eight litres. A box as small as that could be one of the highest performing PCs on the planet. It’s also because it’s completely liquid cooled, it’s going to be super quiet as well. But it is a concept PC.”
We’re not sure any of the current Steam Machines can even compete.