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Ryzen 9 9900X release date confirmed & latest updates

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Last Updated on July 16, 2024
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Finally, the wait for the Ryzen 9 9900X release date is over, with AMD officially confirming July 31st, 2024, as the date to mark on your calendar.

Months of speculation have finally come to a close as AMD announces July 31st as the official release date for the brand’s next-gen Zen 5 9000-series CPU lineup. The news was released to tech publications yesterday, with several images highlighting the date and what to expect.

That means eager adopters of the new tech will only have to wait a few short weeks for the new arrivals to officially land on shelves. Early review samples are already making their way around the tier-1 reviewers and initial signs are promising – especially towards the brand’s new flagship Ryzen 9 9950X (which has already broken several records).

In the following article, we’ll not only be looking at the latest release date information (updating as and when news comes in), but also highlighting new benchmarking results, latest specification details, and some of the expected retailers that we’re likely to see stocking the CPU on launch date.

So, if you’re looking to get this desktop processor as soon as possible, you may want to check out our dedicated where to buy AMD Ryzen 9000 series CPUs guide. In the meantime, we can explain everything we know so far about this powerful chip.

Ryzen 9 9900X release date confirmed

AMD officially confirms the 31st of July, 2024, as the release date for the upcoming Ryzen 9 9900X desktop processor.

Just like the rest of the series, the 9900X was announced by AMD at Computex. They kicked off proceedings with the opening keynote on June 3rd. Even though an exact date wasn’t revealed, we now know that the Ryzen 9 9900X will be available on July 31st, 2024. We don’t expect any deviation from that plan, so they should be available to buy before the end of the month.

Alongside the launch date, AMD also revealed a number of key specs related to this enthusiast CPU which we’ll get into just below.

Ryzen 9 9900X specs

During Computex, AMD provided a rundown on some of the key specs. You’ll notice that it features the same cores and threads as the previous-gen 7900X, that we’ve reviewed, and the same boost clock speed. However, the chip has been optimized to work more efficiently on a lower 120W TDP, down from 170W (which the 9950X will still hold). Before we can get the 9900X in our testing lab for a review of performance, we can source some further information from the AMD website.

Base clock4.4 GHz
Max boost clock5.6 GHz
Cache768KB (L1) / 12MB (L2) / 64MB (L3)
ArchitectureZen 5
Unlocked for overclocking?Yes
Ryzen 9 9900X specs, source: AMD

Ryzen 9 9900X price estimate

For now, we’ll have to estimate the price of the 9900X since this is one detail AMD left out from their presentation. Luckily, we can look back at previous generations to make an educated estimation.

Back in the 7000 series, the 7900X launched at $549, providing decent value compared to the highly-priced flagship. In the 5000 series, the 5900X also cost $549. With this is mind, we don’t expect AMD to shake up the pricing too much, so we can estimate the 9990X will also cost $549.

Ryzen 9 9900X latest benchmarks

New benchmarks for AMD’s higher-end desktop CPUs have been streaming onto online publications for well over a week now, and despite initial leaks offering hit-n-miss results, the most recent data suggests a good uplift.

As you can see from the 9900X slide above, expected productivity and content performance could see a 41% increase in things such as Handbrake. Other applications such as Blender, Puget Photoshop, and Geekbench all see around 9-16% gains, which is still a noteworthy uplift over the hugely popular 14900K.

Do I need to upgrade my motherboard for Ryzen 9 9900X?

If you’re already using an AM5 motherboard, then no, you won’t need to upgrade. A BIOS update will suffice once the time comes to upgrade your CPU. If you’re instead using AM4, you’ll need to switch out your board for a newer model that supports the AM5 socket.

Just like they did with AM4, AMD plans on committing to socket longevity with the latest platform, so upgrading to the 9000 series is a good future-proof move. The 800 series should be available shortly after the 9900X is available, with X870 & X870E motherboards on the horizon.

Should I get the 9900X or wait for 9000X3D?

Sitting just below the 9950X, the Ryzen 9 9900X is still a fantastic choice of CPU for multitasking. With 12 cores and 24 threads, it is a strong choice for productivity and gaming alike. On the other hand, if you already have an X3D model for gaming as a priority, you’re perhaps best off waiting for 9000X3D to arrive – the release date for this remains unknown for the time being.

Even AMD recently said that 7000X3D remains ‘king of the hill’ for gaming right now, but the 9900X will be the better choice for productivity workloads thanks to the higher number of cores compared to something like the popular 7800X3D.

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