After an earlier vague deadline of Q2’15 and more than a few teases in the interim, AMD has finally announced when they’ll be revealing their forthcoming high-end video card.

AMD will be hosting an event on June 16th at 9am PST to release the details on the card, in a presentation dubbed “AMD Presents: The New Era of PC Gaming.” The presentation will be taking place at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA during E3 week, and happens to be where the AMD-sponsored PC Gaming Show also takes place that evening. This event is open to the public, or can be viewed via webcast.

I would quickly note here that at no point does AMD specifically call this a launch. And for that matter, the last time they held a public event like this – the Radeon 200/Hawaii reveal – Hawaii didn’t launch until a month later. In this case AMD has already committed to a June launch for the card, but at the moment we’re not expecting to see the card go on sale on the 16th.

Update: As part of AMD's Computex event (was was almost entirely focused on APUs), AMD CEO Dr. Lisu Su also briefly teased the 16th event, pulling out AMD's new high-end GPU. The chip being shown is a complete package with its silicon interposer and organic substrate. The crew over at Tom's Hardware got a good picture of it.

Image Courtesy Tom's Hardware

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  • Alexvrb - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    Err, in that second statement I wasn't referring to Ryan. Ryan is solid and very neutral. Reply
  • eanazag - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    I think the circulating leaked performance numbers of the new 300 series card are legit. And being legit make it faster than a Titan. I fully expect AMD to price under the 980 TI. How much under? I don't know. They are always slow to launch, which is bad. I do suspect it may only pack 4GB of ram, but I'm hoping for 8GB. I won't buy it at 4GB as I have a R9 290 with 4GB.
    AMD's GPU division is the only thing holding the company together. It is the only reason the APUs sell at all. I do finally like what they're saying about Carrizo; still I'd like to see it desktop side. Zen is way out there in time and there is ample reason to doubt AMD's execution on delivering this on time.

    There's distinct possibility that engineering samples are already in the hands of the media for benching, but are not talked about due to no speaky agreements. I would not be surprised if there are driver issues delaying launch.
  • Wreckage - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    It's not like they have cards ready for sale anyways, why wait another 2 weeks? Is the 980ti really that much better than whatever it is they have? Something's wrong. Reply
  • SonyJim - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    I suspect AMD is in serious trouble and has nothing to offer that's better than the 980 Ti in terms of performance and price. AMD is going to get stuck competing in the mid-range and low end. This is sad because consumers need healthy competition to keep the big vendors honest.

    The whole way AMD has dragged the chain for way too long damaged their reputation and now that Nvidia has kind of stepped in early and thrown down an ace with the Ti's performance all we see is AMD running away at Computex. They have not offered up any sign that they hold anything of value - this is leading a lot of people to buy the 980 Ti now and not bothering to wait anymore.

    In Australia all the Gigabyte & Asus stock for the 980 Ti' (at Mwave, PC Case Gear, MSY and ARC etc...) have all sold out in a day and there is a fast growing list of pre-orders for the next shipment. After waiting and waiting to replace my AMD card I'm abandoning them. I'm going to hop on to that list too because I don't have much faith in AMD after this past week of total silence... Something is wrong with them.
  • nunya112 - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - link

    I must say its really nice to see such intelectual capacity being displayed here.
    back at CES I started getting really worried. because
    Ryan Shrout was denied access to the next gen amd hardware that was in a $35 case on the floor. Do we remember that?
    What happened then was very alarming. Because Titan got released. and then AMD announced that no GFX would be coming until late Q or Q3. I started getting worried. ANd we know know. that AMD went back to the drawing board. I would say they even had to do a new Silicone revision
    which is what prompted the delay.
    We have now heard AIB partners that Fiji still doesnt even have final Bios. core clocks nothing nailed down what 13 days before release?
    Lisa said that cards would be available. But there is no way Fiji will. maybe the 290X rebrands etc.
    But Fiji has taped out poorly even its revision B silicone has got it running slower than a 980Ti and NVIDIA has done a solid and offered the ti at a reasonable price. if you think about it. They dont have to. they are dominating.
    AMD's market share is 18-20 % currently. and its going lower.

    I also want to add that broadwell just smoked AMD's APU's that AMD and I thought were unbeatable.

    And AMD is not even public at computex. the biggest Event In their year I would think
    they are hiding and in full damage control
  • D. Lister - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - link

    "But there is no way Fiji will. maybe the 290X rebrands etc."

    They could still announce it now, then delay the launch a month maybe, and fill the gap with the 290/X rebrands a.k.a the 390/X.

    "I also want to add that broadwell just smoked AMD's APU's that AMD and I thought were unbeatable."

    At twice the price, the APUs still have the price advantage. Although who would actually WANT an APU for its iGPU, besides companies selling cheap-ish laptops, is another story altogether.
  • nunya112 - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - link

    you say at twice the price. but dont forget its offering the performance of a current I5 and a 750ti from Nvidia. and at much less power. That is making it A SWEET DEAL Reply
  • silverblue - Thursday, June 4, 2015 - link

    Broadwell does not offer the GPU power of a 750ti. As far as I can see, it's between the R7 250 and the GTX 750, albeit both running on an Athlon 860K...

    It's about 25 to 30% off, and the gap will only increase at details go up and Broadwell gets choked by bandwidth requirements.
  • Impulses - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - link

    Not in a hurry to trade in my CF 290s, tho 980 Ti made a strong case for swapping two cards with one... Reply
  • JDG1980 - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - link

    AMD's long silence is worrying, as are the rumors. Back before the Bulldozer release, I didn't believe the benchmark leaks from Coolaler - surely they wouldn't drop the ball that badly? But they did.

    If Fiji falls short of the 980 Ti/Titan X *and* all the rest of the 300 series consists of rebrands, then that's a Bulldozer-level fail. If they dumped all their GPU R&D $$$ into the top end, then nothing short of a ~10%+ win over Titan X will cut the mustard. Their only hope would be for the "halo effect" of Fiji to spill over onto the rebrands, and that can only happen if it's a real home run.

    I hope that the pure rebrand rumors for the retail 300 series are untrue and that we at least get a port to GloFo 28nm SHP (lower leakage, better perf/watt) and updated UVD/VCE blocks for HEVC. If they're just bringing out the same old TSMC chips with different names, then they're basically surrendering on 99% of the GPU market until late 2016 (at least).

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