AMD’s new Zen microarchitecture has only been out for a few months, but it is already being used in several new commercial systems. The latest to show off AMD’s latest processor with the release of the HP Pavilion x360 13-u000, a commercial thin-and-light notebook that features a Ryzen 1.2GHz thin-and-light model, up to 16GB of RAM, and a Vega 11 GPU.

A new vending machine has been spotted in Japan, offering up a glimpse of what is to come from the next generation of processors. The machine is most notable for the AMD Ryzen 7 chips it currently holds, and their positioning below the typical Intel products. This does not mean that they will be the only offerings from the company, however, as we expect an announcement at CES.

The computer game industry has always been particular about how its machines are designed. Not only do they need to look cool, but they must perform well enough to keep players interested. If they’re not, players will just leave the machine to come back later. If they’re still not interested, they will just buy another game. Before game developers can ensure that their machines are working properly, they must first figure out what parts they will be using.

Kanou (photo)

One of the most fascinating aspects about Japan is how common vending machines are, and how they are utilized to offer much more than simply snacks and soft drinks. These vending machines sell anything from medical masks and neck ties to flower bouquets and prayer cards, as well as soiled undergarments.

While that’s strange enough, it seems that some electronics stores have started installing vending machines that sell AMD Ryzen CPUs to enthusiasts who want to avoid personal interaction.

Locals have emphasized on social media that the boxes in these vending machines do not contain brand new, factory-sealed Ryzen CPUs. Instead, buyers will get one or more used AMD and/or Intel CPUs in these boxes. Vending machines are essentially a new method to get rid of outdated components via a lottery system.

Those who come across one may try their luck for just 1,000 Japanese Yen ($9). And, although it would be fascinating to observe, there doesn’t seem to be a graphics card vending machine (yet).

 

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風前の灯火… Ryzenガチャ週末まで持たんかも… (´・ω・`) pic.twitter.com/oAZEC2lhBU

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These vending machines, according to a video from a few days ago, do not really hold boxed AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs, but rather fake boxes inside an arcade (Gacha) that customers may play. The box includes one or more Intel/AMD CPUs and may be purchased for 1000 Japanese Yen ($9). It operates similarly to a lottery, with prizes ranging from an ancient CPU to a 1st or 2nd Gen Ryzen CPU. This makes me desire a vending machine with actual CPUs inside even more.

Kanou, OSU PC SHOP PAW, OSU PC SHOP PAW (via Wccftech)

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