AMD has announced that it will showcase its next-gen Zen 4 processors at a live streaming event on August 29.
This is the date the rumor mill has been discussing for some time now about when we’ll get our first glimpse of what’s supposedly the Ryzen 7000 lineup.
The theory is that we’ll see the Ryzen 9 7950X and 7900X leading the charge of the Zen 4, followed by the more affordable 7700X and 7600X models (a useful pinch of salt here, but this certainly seems like a realistic enough possibility based on the previous release form. ) .
AMD reminds us that the event will usher in Zen 4 CPUs and the new AM5 platform, complete with support for faster DDR5 RAM, and that this will “propel a new era of performance desktop PCs” no less. CEO Lisa Su and CTO Mark Papermaster will be leading the proceedings, supported by other great Team Red cheeses, as you might expect.
The live stream begins at 7pm ET (4pm PT, midnight UK time) and will air on AMD’s YouTube channel, with a replay being made available later (which may be useful for those in Europe or other regions, who don’t like to stay up late to watch).
Analysis: So Raptor Lake won’t be hot on the heels of Zen 4?
As mentioned, August 29 is a date that has already been talked about by multiple sources, and Vine reckons that this initial reveal will be quickly followed by the Ryzen 7000 models hitting shelves. For some time now, the rumor has been insisting on an on-sale date for the Zen 4 of September 15th, although that may have been pushed back a bit to September 27th, if further talk is to be believed.
Whatever the case, a September release – certainly within four weeks of the reveal, and maybe a fortnight – is widely expected. And if the launch is close, we might even get some pricing details at the August 29 event; although we didn’t count on it at all.
Another question is when 3D V-cache versions of the Ryzen 7000 might appear and whether they might be mentioned or hinted at during this event. We doubt that in all honesty, and X3D models of Zen 4 processors are certainly not expected to appear until early 2023, ASAP. These improved chips are expected to be serious gold for gamers and could be a key factor against Intel’s next-gen Raptor Lake CPUs.
We expect performance to be a close battle between the Zen 4 and Raptor Lake, with rumors of strong performance for both surfacing at different times in the recent past – and both are likely to hit high boost speeds as well. Eventually, 3D V-cache could be decisive, but before silicon arrives, AMD reportedly has a few other aces up its sleeve in the high-end CPU wars.
Namely, a high volume of ready-to-launch stock for Ryzen 7000 chips and the advantage that this is a new platform for Team Red (AM5), while Raptor Lake will be Intel’s latest incarnation on its current platform. (Which means AMD is offering more future-proofing for upgrades, while Intel’s follow-up to Raptor Lake, Meteor Lake, will require a new motherboard as it will be built with a new CPU socket.)
The other big point regarding Raptor Lake is: if AMD is now on the cusp of launching the next generation, where exactly are these Intel processors? It looks like Intel’s 13th generation silicon is a bit late, with rumors pointing to an October sale date.
We don’t know for sure, of course, but the last date it aired was October 17th – and we haven’t heard any more conversations for a while yet. That things have gotten a little quiet is probably not a big sign, we think, and even if mid-October is right, it still gives AMD a full month to establish Ryzen 7000 sales. What, if Team Red Having plenty of stock on hand and ensuring there is no scalping or other discomfort can be enough time to build great next-generation leadership. Indeed, a worrying prospect for Intel, we imagine.
Finally, another question is whether we can also get a teaser for RDNA 3 graphics cards at this AMD event, given that this is a new era of performance PCs, so GPUs can be addressed as a result.
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