Sometimes it's the pesky panel description that brings you undone.
Credit where it's due. The fellows at Anandtech spotted that AMD accidentally lifted the lid on a rough launch date for AMD's new line of CPUs, Ryzen. AMD has been talking the CPU up heavily for the last few months, and they were promoting it heavily at CES (they even promoted its association with Project Scorpio).
But there still hasn't been any word on an official date. That was until a description for a Ryzen panel at this year's Game Developers Conference popped up:
"For an introduction to the recently-launched AMD Ryzen CPU," the description says. That's since been modified: the panel description blankly reads "for an introduction to the AMD Ryzen CPU" now. And it's worth noting that this is an official GDC description. The panels, presentations and speakers are all submitted by partners, developers and manufacturers, so it's safe to say someone at AMD wasn't thinking ahead on this one.
The expectation was that Ryzen would be out in the next couple of months anyway, so this little snafu really just narrows down the window from a couple of months to a couple of weeks. GDC 2017 kicks off on February 27 and runs until March 3. There's no time on the panel, so "recently launched" could be a few days, a week or a fortnight beforehand. It also makes sense in the sense that the World Mobile Congress is on at the same time, taking place in Barcelona from February 27 to March 2. AMD will have a couple of stands at WMC as well.
For a quick breakdown, the Ryzen CPU is perhaps AMD's biggest CPU launch in recent memory. Ryzen will be an 8-core, 16-thread CPU running on the brand new AM4 platform. AMD has been proclaiming a 40% or more jump in efficiency from their previously generation. They've also run stage demos with Ryzen alongside an Intel i7-6900K running Battlefield 1 (on 2x NVIDIA TITAN X cards) with allegedly no discernible difference between the two. The press and public has yet to test that for themselves in a real-world setting, however.