AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs have been delayed a bit in terms of the on-sale date when the chips will hit shelves, if further talk of the vine is to be believed.
As always, exercise a lot of skepticism around this as the source isn’t the strongest – the Chiphell forums in China, but this has provided accurate enough leaks at times in the past. The rumor comes from a Chiphell reviewer who published (opens in new tab) claim that AMD amended the NDA (nondisclosure agreement) to explain a delayed release (as highlighted by VideoCardz (opens in new tab)).
As you may recall, several previous rumors claimed that AMD was shooting for a September 15th release date for Zen 4 processors, following a launch event that has now been confirmed for August 29th (this was the rumored date and turned out to be accurate). Now, the release has been pushed back to September 29, according to the aforementioned reviewer.
They even provide a reason why this is apparently the case, with the slippage due to AMD having to tweak and tweak the BIOS further, so evidently this took a little more work than anticipated.
Analysis: Trying to understand rumors about rumors
Yes, this is a case of a release date that is rumored to be delayed, so we’re firmly in ‘rumorville’ here. It’s entirely possible that September 15th was never the date in the first place, and AMD was always filming for late September.
That being said, there have been some mentions of September 15th as a possible on-sale date, so it’s certainly a possibility that this was the timeframe AMD was aiming for, if only tentatively, perhaps. Indeed, a mid-September launch could still happen – but this isn’t the first gossip we’ve heard claiming things have been pushed back to late September.
A release date of September 27, just days away from this new rumor, has been leaked by other sources, and that would mean that the Ryzen 7000 release would go directly against Intel’s Raptor Lake reveal (AMD’s way of running some type of interference, perhaps – we talk a lot more about the possible strategy behind it here).
Whatever the case, with multiple sources now claiming that late September could be when Zen 4 processors hit shelves, there’s more weight to that possibility than before compared to mid-September. It also makes some sense as it gives AMD time to build more Ryzen 7000 CPUs before full release, and with rumors that Team Red is shooting for high-volume stock right off the bat, a little more time might be needed.
That’s not the reason given here, mind you, it’s that the BIOS needs more work. If true, the concern here is that anything worth delaying release could point to a thornier problem. That’s jumping to conclusions, mind you, and then there’s also the fact that this supposed launch delay happened before AMD announced its big reveal. Hopefully this doesn’t hint at anything too major getting in the way of any potential BIOS issues, otherwise Team Red may have rethought the entire release schedule, including the reveal.
Even a delay to late September would leave AMD still well ahead of Intel’s Raptor Lake CPUs going on sale, with rumors that the last one would start in October (around the middle of the month was the last we heard). So Team Red would still have a few weeks off Intel’s next-gen processors in theory, and if stock of the Ryzen 7000 arrives in plentiful quantities, a flurry of sales could ensue even on a relatively short notice for those who want to. upgrade to what will be a new platform for AMD – and one that will be far more future-proof than Raptor Lake.
The concern with being a new platform, of course, is the potential issues to be addressed as such, and the suggestion of BIOS issues here might be seen as a little unsettling in that light. Time will tell, as always.