Motherlode of new AMD Ryzen CPUs could be on the way according to retailers

AMD is set to release its first chip with 3D cache, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, this April, but there are rumors that the chip won’t launch on its own. A lot of new Ryzen chips across the performance stack are reported to arrive around the same time.

Initial speculation was that we would see Ryzen 5 5600 and Ryzen 5 5500, both aimed at the budget end of the spectrum to try and compete against Intel’s more affordable offerings, but now there are signs that more chips are on the way.

New Rumors (via WCCFTech) have a total of 10 chips scheduled for the same April launch window, using a range of core technologies. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is the only Zen 3 Vermeer-X chip, but it is joined by new processors using the original Vermeer architecture, and Cezanne will also appear alongside the Zen 2 Renoir-X chips.

Chip Architecture Cores/Threads Base/boost clock Estimated power MSRP
Ryzen 7 5800X3D Zen 3 Vermeer-X 8/16 3.4/4.5 GHz 105 W $449
Ryzen 7 5700X Zen 3 Vermeer 8/16 3.4/4.6 GHz 65 W $299
Ryzen 7 5700 Zen 3 Cezanne 8/16 Unknown 65 W Unknown
Ryzen 5 5600 Zen 3 Vermeer 6/12 3.5/4.4 GHz 65 W $199
Ryzen 5 5500 Zen 3 Cezanne 6/12 3.6/4.2 GHz 65 W $159
Ryzen 3 5100 Zen 3 Cezanne 4/8 Unknown 65 W Unknown
Ryzen 7 4700 Zen 2 Renoir-X 8/16 3.6/4.4 GHz 65 W Unknown
Ryzen 5 4500 Zen 2 Renoir-X 6/12 3.6/4.1 GHz 65 W Unknown
Ryzen 3 4100 Zen 2 Renoir-X 4/8 3.8/4.0 GHz 65 W Unknown

The Ryzen 7 5700X was notable for its absence from the original Zen 3 launch lineup, especially because the Ryzen 7 5800X was simply too expensive at $449, though prices for that chip have dropped recently. The $299 Ryzen 7 5700X is rumored to be a more attractive option. The other noteworthy chip here is the Ryzen 5 5600, which is a $199 six-core, 12-thread Zen 3 processor with a boost of 4.4GHz.

These Zen 2 Ryzen 4000-series chips are intriguing for a different reason: they’re essentially a 4000G APU, but with integrated graphics on the Vega chips and some frequency tweaks. It would only be really interesting if the price was very low as the underlying technology evolves and doesn’t compare well with AMD’s own Zen 3 offerings.

All of this has apparently been confirmed by several French retailers listing these chips prior to any official announcement, as well as pricing information. Web site 2Calculate for example (through @momomo_us) lists nine different chips with prices ranging from €120 (about $130) to €518 (about $570) for the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. Those prices don’t quite line up with the rumored MSRP, but they’re just around the corner. The link will take you to a list of all processors offered by the retailer, but you will find a block of new chips listed under Ryzen 5 1400.

So while you should always take rumors of new releases with a pinch of salt, viewing them in a retail store adds weight to them. You’ll need this seasoning for pricing because, as we’ve seen in the past, early pricing can adjust after chips are confirmed. However, if they are about right, then it looks like AMD is going to compete with Intel in the price range. And about time too.

This can be seen as the last big hit of the AM4 platform as AMD is due to move to AM5 for Zen 4 later this year. However, if you’re still running an AM4 motherboard, this potentially gives you the ability to upgrade your machine without having to invest in a new motherboard, new processor, and new RAM.


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