AMD moves Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” CPU launch to September 27, same day as Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake unveiling

AMD appears to have moved its original September 15 launch plans for Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” CPUs and the AM5 platform to late September. We just got confirmation from our sources that AMD will release its next-gen CPUs for sale at the end of September.

AMD Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” CPUs and AM5 Platform Shifted to September 27, Same Day as Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake Unveiling

Earlier this month, we reported that AMD would host an event at the end of August where they will announce all the details, such as specs and pricing, for their next-gen Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” CPUs and respective AM5 platform. The company also planned to open sales just two weeks later, on September 15. But it seems AMD has decided to stall sales for a bit and put the real launch on September 27 next to Intel’s 13th-generation Raptor Lake CPUs.

Intel is expected to host its “Innovation” event on September 27, where the company will unveil its latest desktop processors codenamed Raptor Lake. The CPUs won’t be available until October, but AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs will be ready for the mass consumer market. This may seem like AMD is very confident about launching their chips the moment their competitor announces their next-gen parts. At the same time, online retailers have started listing various AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs along with preliminary prices such as the:

  • Ryzen 9 7950X (16 core / 32 thread)
  • Ryzen 9 7900X (12 core / 24 thread)
  • Ryzen 7 7700X (8 core / 16 thread)
  • Ryzen 5 7600X (6 core/12 thread)

AMD’s first wave of 600 series motherboards would focus on the more expensive X670E and X670 designs, followed by B650E and B650 products a few weeks later (around October/November). The new CPUs will feature a brand new Zen 4 core architecture that is expected to deliver up to 8% IPC, >15% ST (Single-Threaded), and >35% MT (Multi-Threaded) performance improvement over the Zen 3 cores.

Additionally, AMD is going crazy with the clock speeds on their next-gen CPUs with up to 5.7GHz boost clocks, 170W TDPs and 230W PPT. In addition, the platform itself will be equipped with the latest technologies such as PCIe Gen 5.0 slots, Gen 5.0 M.2 support, DDR5 memory support (EXPO) and a new SAS (Smart Access Storage) Firmware suite running on the DirectStorage API framework.

AMD Ryzen ‘Zen 4’ Desktop CPU Expected Features:

  • Up to 16 Zen 4 cores and 32 threads
  • Over 15% performance improvement in single-threaded apps
  • Brand new Zen 4 CPU cores (IPC / architectural improvements)
  • Brand new TSMC 5nm process node with 6nm IOD
  • 25% performance per watt improvement vs Zen 3
  • >35% overall performance improvement vs Zen 3
  • 8-10% instructions per clock (IPC) improvement vs Zen 3
  • Support on AM5 platform with LGA1718 connection
  • New X670E, X670, B650E, B650 Motherboards
  • Dual channel DDR5 memory support
  • Up to DDR5-5600 Native (JEDEC) speeds
  • 28 PCIe lanes (excluding CPU)
  • 105-120W TDPs (upper limit range ~170W)

You can find full details of AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs and the respective 600-series motherboards in our full round-up of the next-gen family here.

AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Raphael’ Desktop CPU ‘Preliminary’ Specifications:

CPU name architecture Process node Cores / Wires Core Clock (SC Max) cache TDP Price
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X Zen 4 5nm 16/32 ~5.5GHz 80MB (64+16) 105-170W ~$700 US
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X Zen 4 5nm 12/24 ~5.4GHz 76MB (64+12) 105-170W ~$600 US
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X Zen 4 5nm 8/16 ~5.3GHz 40MB (32+8) 65-125W ~$400 US
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X Zen 4 5nm 8/16 ~5.3GHz 40MB (32+8) 65-125W ~$300 US
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X Zen 4 5nm 6/12 ~5.2GHz 38MB (32+6) 65-125W ~$200 US

Which AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs are you most interested in?

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