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AMD Ryzen 9 9950X release date confirmed & latest updates

Not long now until the Ryzen 9 9950X is here
Last Updated on July 16, 2024
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After months of speculation, AMD has finally lifted the lid on its flagship AMD Ryzen 9 9950X release date – and eager fans of team AMD don’t have long to wait to get their hands on the latest arrival.

Following the series’ announcement at Computex, many people will be looking forward to what AMD’s new Zen 5 CPU range will bring to the table – and you can’t get better than the 9950X right now. In fact, in a live demo from AMD’s XOC team, the flagship 9950X broke numerous records – including massive Cinebench R23 scores after extreme overclocking.

Well, the wait for an official release date is finally over – with the brand announcing that the entire 9000-series lineup will launch on the 31st of July, 2024. This also confirms the early leaks from major retailer B&H PhotoVideo stating the same date.

All being said, you’ll soon be able to find out where to buy a 9000 series CPU and it’s now just a matter of waiting. It is on AMD’s latest AM5 socket, which they have big plans for regarding socket longevity, making the 9000 series a good upgrade for future-proofing your rig.

Ryzen 9 9950X release date confirmed

A new announcement from AMD has officially confirmed a 31st of July, 2024, release date – verifying many of the early leaks that landed at the start of July. This aligns with AMD’s opening Keynote at Computex earlier this year, where the brand stated that the flagship Ryzen 9 9950X would be available in July, 2024.

That means eager fans of team AMD will only have to wait a short few weeks to get their hands on the latest arrival. They’ve already done some comparisons versus the i9-14900K to prove just why it can be one of the next best CPUs for gaming.

Ryzen 9 9950X specs

At the same time as announcing the release date window (July, 2024), AMD gave us a closer look at some of the key specifications. We’ve reviewed plenty of Ryzen CPUs, such as the current flagship Ryzen 9 7950X3D, so we’re excited to soon get our hands on the 9000 series to put through our testing lab and performance test. For now though, here’s what we know about the specs.

Base clock4.3 GHz
Max boost clock5.7 GHz
Cache1MB (L1) / 16MB (L2) / 64MB (L3)
ArchitectureZen 5
Unlocked for overclocking?Yes
Ryzen 9 9950X specs, source: AMD

Ryzen 9 9950X price estimate

One thing we’re yet to learn about the 9950X officially is the price. We’ll be able to confirm the actual pricing once availability or pre-orders go live during July. For the time being, we can estimate how much this CPU will cost in a few ways. First of all, looking back to the past two enthusiast desktop generations, we can see that the 7950X and 5950X would set you back $699 and $799 respectively.

Based on those costs, we may see the 9950X priced around the $700 mark, just like last gen. Considering the 7950X has seen steep price drops since release, below $500 these days, it isn’t out of the question for the 9950X to be a little more generously-priced at launch. We doubt this will be the case though, at least not by much.

Ryzen 9 9950X expected retailers

With any major hardware launch, questions are asked as to what retailers will stock the products. Where can I buy the new CPU on launch day? Where will it be cheapest? and what time will it launch, are all questions we receive on big launch days.

Fortuantely, we’ve covered enough of these events to be able to predict where you’ll be able to purchase the Ryzen 9 9950X on launch.

The most obvious place is Amazon – one of the biggest online hardware retailers in the world. It always has the newest hardware on launch and always offers competitive delivery turnaround. B&H PhotoVideo will also have the chip (if the leak is to be believed) on July 31st, 2024.

Other retailers such as Best Buy, Newegg, and Ebuyer will also likely stock the chip on launch in the US. UK retailers will likely be Amazon UK, Scan, and Overclockers.

AMD Ryzen 9 9950X benchmarks

New benchmarking figures are hitting online publications almost daily now that review samples have been sent out to tier 1 reviewers – and early signs look pretty promising.

AMD’s XOC team (Extreme Overclocking) just held a live demo where they showcased the overclocking potential of these CPUs – and after breaking several records, it’s safe to say that hype is building nicely. When the latest benchmarking results go live, we should see a new officially leader on Cinebench and maybe even HWBOT’s top list.

That said, at stock settings, some individuals are pointing out the “lackluster” performance gains in tests such as Cinebench R23 and R16.

Will the 9950X work with my motherboard?

As we can see from the specs, the Ryzen 9 9950X will be using the AM5 socket. This means if you’re already on an AM5 motherboard, then the 9000 series will be compatible – these boards are also compatible with 7000 and 8000 series CPUs. A simple BIOS update will likely be required. On the flip side, you may wish to opt for one of the newer 800 series motherboards such as the upcoming X870 & X870E range.

Should I upgrade to 9950X or wait?

If you want the best of the best from AMD, then the 9950X will provide just that. With a massive 16 cores and 32 threads, it is a productivity powerhouse and, as per AMD’s testing, will outperform Intel i9-14900K in both productivity and gaming workloads. However, if you’re just focused on gaming, you’re probably better off going for a current X3D model such as the 7800X3D.

At PC Guide, Jack is mostly responsible for reporting on hardware deals. He also specializes in monitors, TVs, and headsets and can be found putting his findings together in a review or best-of guide.