AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 9 5950X May Launch Later Than Initially Expected

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[UPDATE: AMD has now officially announced that the Ryzen 5000 lineup will release on November 5, 2020. Original article follows.]

In just 4 days, AMD will be revealing details about its upcoming Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000) CPUs. However, it looks like the budget-focused Ryzen 5 5600X and the flagship Ryzen 9 5950X may not launch alongside the rest of the lineup in October.

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Multiple sources close to AMD are now touting that the budget and flagship CPUs will launch in December this year. Twitter user @1usmus who has made many Ryzen-related tools for the community (CTR, DRAM Calculator) has reported that only the Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X will make the cut in October.

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This is at odds with how AMD usually treats their CPU launches, wherein they’ve always released one CPU in each budget range together. Flashback to last year’s Zen 2 launch where Ryzen 5, 7, and 9 chips were released together. Later on, we saw more chips joining the family, focused at different (intermediate) price ranges. This year we saw the Zen 2 refresh (XT processors) hit the market, probably because the Zen 3 manufacturing stock wasn’t where AMD would have hoped them to be at.

Going by the latest rumors and leaks, it looks like Zen 3 will offer a substantial performance upgrade over Zen 2. AMD will officially reveal more details on its Zen 3 CPUs (hopefully including the Ryzen 5 5600X) in its presentation on October 8.

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Rahul Majumdar
I've been writing here for quite a while. Tech, Gaming, Film, you name it. Occupational hazards include excessive gaming & movie-binging sessions. Most active on Twitter!


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