AMD’s Ryzen 7000 desktop processors will be released before the launch of the current quarter, which means September at the latest.
As Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) According to reports, CEO Lisa Su confirmed this release schedule in an earnings call after revealing AMD’s fiscal second quarter results.
Su said: “Looking ahead, we are on track to launch our new 5nm Ryzen 7000 desktop processors and AM5 platforms later this quarter with top performance in gaming and content creation.”
AMD previously told us to expect its next-gen Zen 4-based processors in the fall, which could theoretically mean October or November, but that narrows it down to Q3 for good.
The AM5 platform refers to the new chipset for the Zen 4 – it will require a new socket and thus a motherboard upgrade – and the mention of a release later in the third quarter means it will almost certainly be September.
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Of course, technically saying it will be this quarter means that the Zen 4 chips might arrive in either August or September, but the former seems very close, based on what the rumors are now very consistently telling us. In particular, September is the month to watch for the Ryzen 7000 launch, with the idea of a mid-September release floating around a few times.
It looks like we’ll be invited to something in the form of a teaser or an initial reveal in August, because rumors have it that AMD is ready to do something similar for the Zen 4 chips at an event on August 5th. So we’ll (hopefully) find out what that is in a few days, though we’re not expecting too many details at this point.
A further rumor claims that we will see the Ryzen 9 7950X and 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, plus the Ryzen 5 7600X as the initial launch lineup, which is interesting as we were expecting the 7800X and not the 7700X. With the Ryzen 5000, AMD chose to push the 5800X, not the 5700X, in the initial batch of CPUs released, but with the new lineup, the 7700X would be a better choice (for the majority) as a more affordable 8-core model .
This would make the Ryzen 7000 a slightly more powerful force against Intel’s CPUs, which are currently Alder Lake (12th gen) but are about to switch to Raptor Lake. However, Intel’s 13th generation processors aren’t expected to be released until October, so it looks like AMD could win the race of next-gen processors competing to hit the shelves first.
On the aforementioned earnings call, Su also told us that next-gen RDNA 3 graphics cards are due later in 2022, but nothing more specific than that (and we’ve, of course, heard this before – though it’s at least confirmation that the things are still on track).