Though it feels like we’re barely past CES, things are already quickly ramping up in the PC hardware industry once again. Kicking off in a bit under two weeks is the 2017 Game Developers Conference, taking place as always in San Francisco. While it isn’t a tradeshow in the consumer sense, the conference traditionally draws out the major PC hardware vendors as part of the developer outreach efforts, and this year is no exception.

GDC event details have been posted for both AMD and NVIDIA, whom it turns out are both holding events on February 28th (the day before the expo part of GDC opens). Neither of the vendors have announced their events through their gaming websites or press releases – bear in mind this is a developers’ conference – but both have sent out invites to developers and other GDC attendees.

AMD: Capsaicin & Cream

The sequel to last year’s Capsaicin event, AMD is once again at GDC to talk to developers at their Capsaicin & Cream event. Last year’s event featured the announcement of the developer-focused Radeon Pro Duo, and a new AMD GPU roadmap. AMD’s event description (posted below) is light on details, but of note it appears that AMD will once again be livestreaming the event at 10:30am Pacific.

This year at GDC, join us on the 28th for our Capsaicin livestream and our Cream developer sessions - insightful and inspiring talks focused on rendering ideas and new paths forward, driven by game industry gurus from multiple companies including Epic and Unity.

The Capsaicin livestream kicks off at 10:30 AM from Ruby Skye, a feature-packed show highlighting the hottest new graphics and VR technologies propelling the games industry forward.

NVIDIA: GeForce GTX Gaming Celebration

Not to be outdone, NVIDIA is hosting an event at GDC as well, which they’re dubbing their GeForce GTX Gaming Celebration. NVIDIA did not have an event in 2016, while in 2015 the company used the event as the backdrop for the SHIELD TV unveiling (with a surprise GTX 980 Ti announcement the next morning). Like AMD, NVIDIA is being similarly mum about their event, but it’s safe to say it’ll involve GeForce…

Come join us for an evening of awesome PC gaming, hardware, tournaments and of course free food, drinks and a few other amazing surprises.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the event will start promptly at 7 PM.

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  • nathanddrews - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - link

    Will AT have its Ryzen review articles ready to go when the NDA lifts? I am excite.
  • Gich - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - link

    Nop, just a news promising an article that will never come to be...
  • ddriver - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - link

    My bet is on "no".
  • fanofanand - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - link

    No, this isn't Apple we are talking about here. They will copy and paste the press release and promise a deep dive that will never happen. Not to worry, every other tech publication known to man will have thorough articles at minute 1. You will not be starved for content, your needs just won't be served by this site.
  • rhysiam - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - link

    While the GPU reviews here on AT seem to be getting later and often never even appearing, Ian Cutress does the bulk of the work on CPUs and motherboards and his reviews of major releases are usually up very promptly.
  • NextGen_Gamer - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - link

    Yeah since Ryzen is supposed to launch in early March I am hoping AMD will give us the final details at their GDC event - models, pricing, etc. And I am really hoping they will give a new preview of their Vega GPUs as well.
  • A5 - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - link

    I'd be surprised if Ryzen is there beyond some hand-picked benchmarks and systems. Pricing and models probably won't be "confirmed" until the NDA lifts for reviews.
  • ddriver - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - link

    I don't see any point of running intel optimized synthetic tests, as their scores are irrelevant.
  • fanofanand - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - link

    February 28th IS the lifting of the embargo, so yes they will have demos on site and we will get actual specs and pricing.
  • eachus - Thursday, February 23, 2017 - link

    Um, your post was just overcome by events. Pricing and 3 models were confirmed for Ryzen 7 today. More Ryzen processors are expected, but these three can already be ordered.

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