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AMD Project Quantum Resurfaces in the Latest Patent Listing

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AMD Project Quantum has been quite a mysterious product. While we knew that is was an ITX sized, water-cooled case that would feature an Intel CPU with AMD GPU, we never knew if it was coming or not. Featuring a unique, two-chamber design, AMD managed to develop two sections, where one is used for all the compute components, and the other one contains the radiator and fan for dissipating the heat produced by the compute chamber. Four years ago, we got the news that the project isn't dead and that it will get an update with AMD's upcoming Zen CPU and Vega GPU back then. However, since that announcement, there was no word on it.

Until today. Thanks to a Twitter user PeteB(@Pete_2097) who found a newly listed patent, the hope of Project Quantum is not yet dead it seems. On September 15th, AMD filed a patent for the Project Quantum, now protecting the unique design and possibly saving it for some time in the future. It is almost certain that the company has not abandoned the project, and it could be just waiting for the right time to launch it.


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The tech is catching up to the intended desig Im glad it’s being loo at again
 

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What's that "3rd" block (on the right in the 1st pic)? The PSU?
Might be radiator and PSU :) As far as I remember, they wanted a dual GPU setup in it (might be cut to one now), but I assume that that should go in the top of the main cube. Might be space to fit som watercooling there, but guess the original plan was in the other cube :)
 

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What's that "3rd" block (on the right in the 1st pic)? The PSU?
Yeah, that was one of the main ways of space savings in the concept at the time.

Might be radiator and PSU :) As far as I remember, they wanted a dual GPU setup in it (might be cut to one now), but I assume that that should go in the top of the main cube. Might be space to fit som watercooling there, but guess the original plan was in the other cube :)
Radiator is at the top, the concept used a single 180 mm radiator (from Hardware Labs first, and then Asetek as it was being planned to be scaled up for production) pretty much directly over the CPU block.
 
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Just give us the XboXSX in a PC case with Windows 10 \ Linux capabilities, AMD.
Just... hand it over, nice and easy, and no one gets hurt.
 
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What's that "3rd" block (on the right in the 1st pic)? The PSU?
The PSU yes. Thats not a water loop fine, and if it was it required a in and outtake.

Bit weird tho; you can build PSU's very small, even PICO based PSU's, no need for a external power source (brick) like this.
 
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The PSU yes. Thats not a water loop fine, and if it was it required a in and outtake.

Bit weird tho; you can build PSU's very small, even PICO based PSU's, no need for a external power source (brick) like this.
I'd guess it contains the GPU's in there also, based on the cable thickness to the main block.
 
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The PSU yes. Thats not a water loop fine, and if it was it required a in and outtake.

Bit weird tho; you can build PSU's very small, even PICO based PSU's, no need for a external power source (brick) like this.
PICO PSUs still need external bricks to supply DC for VRMs to regulate other voltages from.
 
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This could very be AMD's own version of NUCs.
 
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Hasn’t done anything more than look at the picture. No idea of the concept, why it was shelved, and why it’s reappeared again.
 
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If that came out and was suitably powerful I'd like to have it replace my media center PC, would look nice in the AV cabinet alongside the receiver etc.
 
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I'd like to see AMD commission CoolerMaster to engineer an AIO cooler for it like they did for the R9 Fury X. I bought one of those just because I loved the design, I never even used the card.
 
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