AMD’s Ryzen 7000 desktop processors could launch in mid-September, if the internal sources are to be believed.
This rumor comes from DigiTimes (opens in new tab) – not always the most reliable outlet in our experience, but that being said, the supply chain conversation is definitely worth hearing about – and the claim of a mid-September release comes from motherboard manufacturer sources. (These companies are, of course, making AM5 mobos with a new socket for AMD’s high-end desktop chips.)
The sources claim the launch is scheduled for this month to allow room for continued sales of current generation Ryzen 5000 CPUs, which are apparently ‘excessive’ in stock at OEMs and presumably retailers as well.
Of course, once the Ryzen 7000 chips are revealed, and we get a glimpse of what they can actually do – and this is rumored to be a lot, in terms of it being an all-new Zen 4 architecture – the Ryzen 5000 processors will suddenly be in much less demand as people will be tempted to wait for the more robust formation around the corner.
Analysis: Raptor Lake should not leave the gate first
Take all of this with a good old-fashioned dose of skepticism, as always with this kind of ‘supposed sources’ report, but there are several rumors that back this up. One of which claims a September 15th release date for the Ryzen 7000, which is mid-September, of course – while granted, it’s in shaky territory. There were other rumors of a September release before that, so the weight of the rumors is growing.
It’s also interesting to hear that selling through current-gen Ryzen shares is a concern here – which suggests that, in fact, AMD could get the Ryzen 7000 out of the door sooner if it wanted to, and the situation allowed for that.
To us, AMD really should release the Ryzen 7000 before Raptor Lake, simply because, as it stands, the Ryzen 5000 is feeling pretty dated and has lost ground to Intel’s current Alder Lake processors – which are widely considered to be the best. choice for players now. Therefore, Team Red cannot let Raptor Lake into town without an answer, so to speak.
The Zen 4 certainly seems like a convincing answer, but the rumors surrounding Intel’s 13th Gen CPUs are that they will take the goods out of the gaming bag, so all this leads us to believe that AMD should be confident it still can. beat Raptor Lake with a September release.
If, of course, any of the speculations we’re hearing are correct. The last we hear is that Raptor Lake is slated for October, so that would fit this photo.
If Zen 4 processors appear in September, it is likely that only a small number of models will be on sale to begin with. These could be the Ryzen 7950X, 7900X, 7800X, and 7600X, according to another leak, and that would make sense as these were the early tiers of CPUs released with current-gen Ryzen chips.