AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors are set to arrive on September 15th, which is a tough sell date – meaning the CPUs will hit store shelves and be available in Rich Quantity, if fresh whispers from the grapevine prove to be true.
This is from YouTuber Moore’s Law is dead (opens in new tab) (MLID), who claims that AMD will actually be ready to ship next-gen Zen 4 CPUs to reviewers on August 10. Of course, a lot of seasoning is needed, but the point here is that the processor is ready to go out next week for people to start playing and testing.
So, get ready for more info and leaks about how the Ryzen 7000 chips could take shape in the near future. But more importantly, it suggests that AMD could launch Zen 4 chips this month, at least in a more limited way, if the company really wanted to.
But MLID claims that the plan is to produce for a period of time, with a “very high-volume launch” of the entire initial product line in September. (The first CPUs are rumored to be the Ryzen 7950X, 7900X, 7700X and 7600X.)
This is important because MLID believes that Intel is working hard to launch Raptor Lake on time for its theoretically planned October debut. In fact, leakers suggest this could be more of a paper launch for Intel’s 13th Gen processors, so the chips may not be available in large quantities until later this year.
That could mean AMD’s mid-September shelves are filled with Ryzen 7000 processors and all the key mid-to-high-end chips that will compete with current Intel Alder Lake CPUs. Because Raptor Lake numbers may not increase until a few months away, even if Intel does launch in October, this won’t be the case for a lot of Gen 13 stock outright.
In short, rumor has it that the red team will have a sizable lead over the blue team; bigger than we thought, as there has been widespread speculation for some time that AMD will beat Intel in the next-gen CPU battle, at launch time Take the lead in the frame.
If the MLID is correct, of course, this is a fairly large if — but the leaker seems pretty confident that AMD is in a good place to prepare for a big launch. So much so that the company could even start rolling out Ryzen 7000 in September, rather than mid-month. (Although we suspect that even if that were possible, the red team would still like to allow more time to sell more Ryzen 5000 stock before Zen 4 comes along.)
When Raptor Lake actually kicks in, the battle for next-gen processors is likely to be a very tough one, at least in terms of raw performance. However, AMD could win on other metrics like power efficiency and platform novelty – Zen 4 over AM5, which is a new socket and motherboard that will benefit future upgrades. And Raptor Lake will be the last generation to use the current (Alder Lake) socket for Intel, so this means that further upgrades to newer Intel CPUs in these PCs are not possible without replacing the motherboard.
Of course, pricing will be a key factor, and we don’t yet know how that will turn out. In theory, will Raptor Lake come a little later than Ryzen 7000 and Intel will have to get back into the game at a competitive price, so to speak? This is pure speculation, which seems unlikely by any means given past history, but we’ll see.
One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a fascinating next-gen battle, and after Intel’s considerable success with Alder Lake this year, AMD currently looks like it’s likely to regain some serious ground on the desktop CPU turf. status.
Don’t forget that AMD also has 3D V-cache versions of the Ryzen 7000 coming soon, and MLID also thinks these may arrive sooner than you think – possibly in the first half of 2023. If it’s early next year, that could be another major factor for Intel to worry about, as 3D V-cache spinning on Zen 4 CPUs is going to be a pretty big deal for gamers.