Maybe not build a new PC right away? AMD just announced that it will be unpacking its next-gen Ryzen 7000 processors on August 29 – where it will hopefully stop teasing us with vague but promising Zen 4 improvements and announcing some real chips for our devices.
What we already know: The Ryzen 7000 processors are the first PC chips based on a 5nm process, the first AMD desktop chips to exceed 5GHz, and their AM5 motherboard platform is the first from AMD to release DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. the box supports — depending on which motherboard you buy.
Oh, and you’ll have to buy a new motherboard because AMD is finally, understandably, breaking compatibility with the long-lived AM4 platform and switching pins on the CPU. (Your AM4 cooler can still come along for the ride.) And yes, the new Ryzen 7000 desktop chips really do have a crown-shaped lid.
In case you’re not following AMD closely, these will be AMD’s first desktop chips since the popular Ryzen 5000 series, as Ryzen 6000 was just for laptops and other mobile devices. But the company isn’t switching between laptops and desktops either: AMD also plans to release some Ryzen 7000 chips next year for both “extreme gaming laptops” and thin-and-lights.
Some other reasons you might not buy or build a new PC right now: RAM prices are reportedly falling, and while graphics cards have already hit MSRP or lower, Chinese supply chain sources are now claiming that Nvidia and AMD are pushing the GPU. prices will drop even more at the end of August. You might also consider why Nvidia and AMD are clearing those shelves: we’re expecting a new generation of GPUs from each of them before 2022 comes out.
Please note that Intel may raise CPU prices do. Or at least that’s what we heard before the PC market took a huge plunge and Intel surprised investors with a sudden loss of half a billion dollars.