AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors are set to arrive on September 15th, and that’s a tough sale date — which means the CPUs will be on shelves and in plentiful Quantities, if it is proven that the whispers from fresh grapes are true.
This comes from YouTubers Moore’s Law died (Opens in a new tab) (MLID), which claims that AMD will already have next-generation Zen 4 CPUs ready to be sent to reviewers on August 10. Take some big help from the spice with that, of course, but the point here is that the wizards are ready to go out for people to start playing and testing next week.
So, get ready for more info and a leak on how the Ryzen 7000 chips will be shaping up in the very near future. But more importantly, this suggests that AMD could actually launch a Zen 4 silicon this month if the company really wanted it, at least in a more limited way.
But the plan, MLID asserts, is to run production for a while and have a “very high-volume launch” of the entire initial batch in September. (The first CPUs to come out of the gate are rumored to be the Ryzen 7950X, 7900X, 7700X, and 7600X.)
This is doubly important because MLID believes Intel is struggling to push Raptor Lake on time for its theoretical debut in October. In fact, the leaker notes that this could be a paper launch for Intel’s 13th generation processors, so those chips may not arrive in larger quantities until later in the year.
What this could mean is that AMD has shelves full of Ryzen 7000 processors, and all major high-end to mid-range chips, in mid-September, and these products will conflict with current Intel Alder Lake CPUs. Since Raptor Lake may not go out in bulk until several months later, even if Intel launches in October, it won’t be a bountiful case of 13th-gen stocks streaming right out of the gate.
In short, the rumor is that Team Red will have a strong start on Team Blue; Bigger than we thought, because for a while, it was a common speculation that AMD would aggressively beat Intel to release timeframes in the next generation CPU wars.
If the MLID is correct, then of course it is a file size if — but the leaker seems pretty confident that AMD is in a good position to launch a big launch. So much so that the company can even move things forward to begin launching the Ryzen 7000 in September, rather than in the middle of the month. (Although we suspect that even if that were possible, Team Red might want to leave more time to sell more Ryzen 5000 stock anyway, before Zen 4.)
When Raptor Lake hits the ground running, the battle for next-gen processors will likely be very intense, at least in terms of raw performance. However, AMD may score victories in other metrics such as power efficiency, and platform novelty – Zen 4 is on the AM5, a new socket and motherboard, which will be good for future upgrades. While the Raptor Lake will be the last generation to use Intel’s current (Alder Lake) socket, this means there is no possibility to upgrade to the latest generation of Intel CPUs in these computers without changing the motherboard as well.
Pricing will, of course, be a major factor, and we have no idea how that will happen yet. Is there a possibility that with Raptor Lake in theory a little later than the Ryzen 7000, Intel will have to competitive pricing to get back into the game, so to speak? This is pure speculation, and given past history, it seems unlikely anyway, but we’ll see.
One thing is for sure, this is going to be a great battle for the new generations, as AMD currently appears to be well placed to reclaim some serious features in terms of desktop CPU space, after Intel had a huge hit with Alder Lake this year.
Don’t forget that AMD also has 3D versions of its Ryzen 7000 cache in the future, and MLID also thinks those versions could arrive sooner than you think – most likely in the first half of 2023. If that’s early next year, It may be possible. Another major factor of Intel’s concern is that 3D V-cache running on Zen 4 CPUs is going to be a great thing for gamers.