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Does Ryzen 9 7950X3D price reduction signal imminent announcement of the 9000 series?

Rumors are swirling but when might we actually see the Zen 5 CPU in stores?
Last Updated on May 28, 2024
Close-up view of an AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D processor installed in a motherboard socket, featuring the AM5 chipset with visible circuitry and connections.
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The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D is the tech company’s flagship CPU, a high-performance desktop processor designed for demanding computing tasks. Innovative features such as AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology and a high thread count mean this has become a popular processor for professional content creators and serious gamers alike, but rumors have been swirling concerning the release date of AMD’s latest 9000 series CPUs, and recent price fluctuations on the 7950X3D may indicate that we may not have to wait for long for this highly anticipated release.

What has happened to the price of the Ryzen 9 7950X3D?

Originally costing $699 we’ve recently seen the 7950X3D significantly drop in price at several retailers, including Amazon where you can currently buy one for only $553.99, marking a 21% reduction. Although the first lineup of the 9000 series is widely expected in July, AMD has remained pretty tight-lipped about the exact release, but there is speculation that this price drop could be a sign that retailers and AMD are attempting to shift stock of the previous generation CPUs ahead of the launch of the next-gen model.

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What do we know about the AMD 9000 series so far?

A leaker known as wjm47196 took to Chiphell, with rumors that AMD plans to release their Ryzen 9000 series in July. Furthermore, they have stated that AMD’s new Zen 5 lineup will feature the same core counts as their Ryzen 7000 series.

The current Ryzen 7000 series was initially released with options of 6, 8, 12, and 16 cores back in 2022, so if this leak is true the Ryzen 9000 products would match up with this previous lineup. Unfortunately, there has been no information yet on any Zen 5 V-Cache enhanced X3D processors, but if AMD is imitating their 7000 release, we can expect these to arrive around six months after the initial Zen 5 launch.

It is possible that AMD will try and steal a march on Intel who are planning their own release of the Core Ultra 200 (Arrow Lake-S) the release of which has been subject to its own leaks with kitguru reporting that MSI overclocker Toppc has hinted Arrow Lake-S could be released as early as Q3 2024.

Without much concrete information out there yet from the manufacturers themselves, leaks and rumors are flying, but there’s a lot to suggest that we won’t have to wait too much longer to get our hands on the next generation of CPUs.

A keen gamer in his spare time, Benjamin Scott has worked in the media and technology sector for many years, bringing a passion for helping consumers find the best deals on tech.

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