There were rumors that AMD was planning to release its Ryzen 7000 processors – as it hit shelves and be available for purchase – on September 15th, but a new leak suggests Team Red has pushed back that date and the new intended timeframe happens. to coincide with the expected release of Intel Raptor Lake.
That’s the word from sources who spoke to Wccftech (opens in new tab)who believe that AMD has moved the release of next-gen CPUs based on Zen 4 to the end of September.
The claim is that the new date is September 27th, which, as mentioned, is the day that Intel has its innovation event, and rumor has it that it is preparing our first glimpse of the next-gen Raptor Lake processors. Note that for Intel this will only be a revelation, before sales start in October (in theory); while for AMD, this will supposedly happen when the actual products go on sale.
AMD’s reveal will come much earlier, later this month if the rumors are right, on August 29th to be precise. The thinking is that we’ll be treated to a quartet of new CPUs: the Ryzen 9 7950X, 7900X and 7700X plus 7600X.
Analysis: Race interference with Raptor – or something else?
If it is true – and we would be much be careful assuming it is – this would be a pretty confident move for AMD in the face of it. In fact, changing the date to coincide with Raptor Lake’s release is practically a straightforward challenge; a challenge if you will, and the assumption would be that this is how confident AMD is in the Zen 4.
After all, if AMD had any doubts here, surely the company would like to release the Ryzen 7000 before Raptor Lake, with the window of opportunity accumulating a few weeks of sales (if it was with the earlier September date). 15), before anyone knew about the relative power of Intel’s 13th generation lineup.
Unless there is another reason for this apparent reaction. We’ve also heard that AMD wants to get high volumes of early Zen 4 CPUs, so perhaps production didn’t go as quickly as the Red team anticipated and needs more time to ensure high inventory levels from the get-go.
Either way, this should be music to consumers’ ears, if you think about it: either AMD is highly confident in its Ryzen 7000 silicon, or it wants to ensure there’s plentiful supply (which would certainly be refreshing at launch, particularly for high-end Ryzen 9 models). Perhaps even the above two things are true, but we shouldn’t get carried away with rumours, as we’ve all been burned before for this reason.
However, there is another way to look at the alleged date shift, namely that AMD doesn’t want to give Intel a chance to evaluate Ryzen 7000 processors for comparisons to Raptor Lake at the latter’s launch. Ultimately, we can’t be sure of the reasoning here – if any – but our personal feeling for some time now, based on the various leaks that have surfaced in recent times, is that the race between Zen 4 and Raptor Lake is going to be a call to action. very close.