When Computex kicks off this month, it could very well be the place where we’ll find out all the details of the next generation of gaming hardware. These new slices of silicon nirvana that promise to deliver frame rates beyond our wildest dreams. Or, alternatively, it could be a massive anticlimax where both AMD and Nvidia nod to their new technologies without giving us anything more tangible than a few chips showcased on stage or an anonymous benchmark.
As is traditional for the Taiwan tech show, AMD superstar CEO Dr. Lisa Su, is presenting one of the three CEO Keynotes, and Nvidia just announced that it will also hold a keynote the next day.
Though without a single leather jacket in sight, Jen-Hsun is nowhere to be found on Nvidia’s list of speakers for the show. Jeff Fisher is, however, so there’s a chance there might be something there for GeForce gamers, though it might just be a quick ‘and finally’ where he presents a teaser trailer for his RTX 4000 Series expected around August or September.
Or it teases some completely new naming scheme.
In turn, AMD’s talk is entitled, “AMD Advancing the High-Performance Computing Experience” and promises that during the keynote, she and her ecosystem partners “will showcase innovative performance and leadership experiences for gamers, enthusiasts and creators.”
we know there are new Zen 4 processors and RDNA 3 GPU on the way later in the year, probably around September to October, and there’s a chance Dr. Su present something along these lines. Perhaps these partners will take the stage to showcase their Zen 4 PC or laptop designs.
If I had to guess, I’d say Su or Mark Papermaster will wave around a Zen 4 processor with its new heatsink, but there will be little mention of graphics cards.
On the Nvidia side, there have been some reports that their Computex keynote will feature the latest gaming products. But this is based on a single line in the article on Nvidia’s own website, which can be interpreted in two different ways. The complete line is:
“NVIDIA will showcase how AI is powering the enterprise data center and the latest products and technologies for gamers and creators.”
This can be read as “NVIDIA will showcase… the latest products and technologies for gamers and creators”, or as “NVIDIA will showcase how AI is powering… the latest products and technologies for gamers and creators”, which is far less tempting.
But like I said, Jeff Fisher is there, the senior vice president of GeForce, and he will have something to say at least on the gaming front. Though we hope it’s not as throwaway as your brief mention of the subsequent delay RTX 3090 Ti back at CES 2022.
And where will Intel be? I’m guessing he’ll still be trying to sort out his drivers, hoping he can finally get a high-performance discrete GPU before the year is out. I heard that there would have been some big announcements from Intel at Computex if things had gone according to plan.
Overall though, I’m expecting little more than teasers as opposed to full details. Few companies are willing to tie their biggest releases of the year to coincide with specific shows, preferring to have their own events where they can dominate rather than fight competition for internet airtime.
Still, once Computex has passed, the hype machine will kick in as we head towards a new generation of gaming gear later in the year.