While AMD has announced October 8th as the date they’re officially showcasing their next-gen Zen 3 CPUs to the world, there still hasn’t been confirmation on when the public can actually get their hands on them. But, thanks to a recent possible leak, it seems that we now know these chips could be hitting shelves from October 20th, a full 12 days after the initial announcement.
The leak comes from Yuri Bubliy, the creator of ClockTuner for Ryzen by way of his Twitter account. He replied to a tweet from VideoCardz where they discussed an upcoming Bios update for MSI motherboards, in preparation for Zen 3. “20th on the shelves” was his first response, before further clarifying that he was talking about the new CPUs and an October 20th release date.
The problem with this new information is that it is, unfortunately, still just a rumor. We have no hard evidence to support what Yuri has said, and no confirmation from AMD themselves. But, this date has been reported previously by other sources, and there’s no indication or reason that the plans will have changed since then.
Zen 3 – 20th October (5800X/5900X)
Navi 2 – 15-20th November
This is old information, but I can see that AMD has not adjusted the plans.
— Yuri Bubliy (@1usmus) September 30, 2020
In the tweet, he mentions both the 5800X and 5900X but recent information has hinted at a four CPU lineup that also includes a 5950X and 5600X, so it’s unclear if these will release at the same time. If you’re confused about the naming of these chips – you’re not the only one. It seems that AMD has decided to go straight from their 3000-series to the 5000-series, skipping over 4000 for their CPUs (but using it for their most recent APUs). They do like to make it confusing, don’t they?
This delay between their reveal date and the release date is most likely to give AMD a chance to send out early review copies to media so that details and reviews can drop on release day. If this is the case, then we can expect a similar release schedule for their upcoming RX 6000 series GPUs or “Big Navi”. The GPU reveal announcement is scheduled for October 28th, meaning these graphics cards will likely be released to the public sometime in mid-November.