AMD’s next-gen graphics cards might not come out until November, with Zen 4 CPUs debuting just before RDNA 3 GPUs.
This rumor comes from one of Twitter’s hardware leakers with a better track record, Greymon55, but of course we should help ourselves with a few handfuls of salt here – and keep in mind that even if this is AMD’s intended plan right now, that can change.
Launch: late October, mid-November😉June 14, 2022
As you can see, the supposed release date for what the RX 7000 GPUs are supposed to be is late October, or possibly mid-November, and the latest (well, it couldn’t be much later, as the RDNA 3 cards are scheduled for this year, and at that point, not much remains of 2022).
It’s notable that Greymon seems confident enough in this prediction, adding in another tweet that this is “new and very reliable information”.
The leaker also responds by clarifying that the Ryzen 7000 CPUs will be released a little before RDNA 3, possibly in late September or early October. Again, let’s be careful putting too much weight on this claim, but this isn’t the first time we’ve heard a September date set for the Zen 4 chips’ release.
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Previously, the rumor had theorized that AMD would start with the RDNA 3 graphics card in Q4, but all along, the only promise Team Red has made is that these high-end GPUs will ship before the end of 2022.
There was a suggestion from a leak that the mid-range RX 7000 models – built on the Navi 33 GPU – could come out before Q4, but this new rumor certainly throws cold water on that idea. It seems increasingly clear that we are looking at Q4 now and indeed this is a reality check that we will be lucky enough to see the first RDNA 3 product in October, in fact, as the ‘final’ forecast of October makes this month seem a little more hesitant.
The problem for AMD is that Nvidia is rumored to be releasing its RTX 4000 series in September likely – although we’ve heard some dates fluctuating (until August, actually, for what’s supposed to be the first Lovelace GPU, and that’s the RTX 4090).
Overall, AMD seems to be a few months behind Nvidia with RDNA 3 graphics cards, which would give Team Green a great opportunity to establish itself in the market with high-end products. Not an ideal situation for AMD, especially if the latest rumor is correct, in November Nvidia will have its RTX 4070 deployed, alongside the RTX 4090 and 4080 (which are supposed to be released in September and October respectively).
While we don’t know which card AMD will produce first from their RX 7000 deck, it’s interesting to note that rumors previously pointed to the Navi 33. offering debuting first, such as VideoCardz (opens in new tab) now seems to believe it – Greymon wasn’t drawn to comment (while the leaker answered other questions in that tweet). This seems to indicate that while confident about the overall release schedule, Greymon isn’t so sure what graphics card AMD might release initially.
AMD might feel the need to make a big splash with the flagship like the initial launch – running with a new multi-chip design, as was recently confirmed – or the best (or even viable) strategy might be to get an O model. Mid-range Navi 33 was launched first.
Or alternatively, we could witness the simultaneous arrival of multiple RDNA 3 GPUs, but if Nvidia already has its three main Lovelace graphics cards available – released in a staggered fashion over the previous two months – by the time AMD’s launch arrives, that will give to Team Green a good advantage, as we have already mentioned.
Unless Nvidia chooses to use the extra time to keep releasing the RTX 4000 GPUs for another month, starting with the RTX 4090 in October instead of September, to sell the existing RTX 3000 stock, which is another possibility filtered out from vine recently. Rumors around this are something of a nest of possibilities for sure, but one way or another, the prevailing feeling is that Nvidia seems to have an advantage in terms of having the luxury of time and perhaps still a choice to make. on how best to use it.