Rumors had it that AMD plans to launch its Ryzen 7000 processors – just as they hit store shelves and be available for purchase – on September 15, but a recent leak suggests Team Red has postponed that date and the intended new time frame will coincide with the expected unveiling of Intel Raptor Lake.
It’s a word from the sources they’ve spoken to Wccftech (opens in a new tab)who believe that AMD has postponed the launch of the new generation Zen 4-based processors to the end of September.
The new date is claimed to be September 27, which as mentioned is the day Intel has its innovation event and is rumored to be preparing our first look at next-gen Raptor Lake processors. Note that for Intel this will only be a pre-sale disclosure in October (in theory); whereas in the case of AMD it will be allegedly when the actual products go on sale.
The AMD disclosure will come much earlier later this month, if the rumors are correct, on August 29 to be exact. The thinking is that we will be treated to a quartet of new processors: Ryzen 9 7950X, 7900X and 7700X plus 7600X.
Analysis: Interference with Raptor – Or Something Else?
If it were true – and we would be very be careful to assume it is – that would be a fairly confident move for AMD at first glance. As a result, postponing the date to coincide with the launch of Raptor Lake is largely a direct challenge; tossing in the glove if you want to, and the assumption would be that AMD is so confident in Zen 4.
After all, if AMD had any doubts about it, surely the company would like to roll out the Ryzen 7000 ahead of Raptor Lake, with a window for a few weeks of sale (if it matched an earlier, supposedly September date). 15) before anyone knew about the relative power of Intel’s 13th generation range.
Unless there is another reason for this apparent repulsion. We also heard that AMD wants to have large amounts of starting Zen 4 processors, so maybe production hasn’t gone as fast as Team Red predicted and needs more time to ensure high levels of inventory right from the start.
Either way, it should be music to consumers’ ears if you think about it: either AMD is very confident in its Ryzen 7000 silicon, or it wants to make sure it’s in abundance (which would certainly be refreshing at launch, especially for the top Ryzen 9 models). Maybe even both of the above will be true, but we shouldn’t get carried away by rumors as we’ve all been burned before in this regard.
However, there is another way to look at the alleged date shift, which is that AMD does not want to give Intel a chance to evaluate the Ryzen 7000 processors for comparisons with Raptor Lake during the presentation of the latter. Ultimately, we can’t be sure of the rationale here – if at all – but our personal feeling for a while, based on various leaks that have surfaced recently, is that the race between Zen 4 and Raptor Lake continues to be quite close.