Reports from various sources have added pieces to the puzzle that gives us the overall picture of AMD’s CPU and AM5 socket motherboard offerings for the coming months.
Ryzen 7000 a ultra-high-end X670(E)
Let’s start with what’s on the market. AMD released the Ryzen 7000 in the form of the mainstream Ryzen 5 7600X, the higher-end Ryzen 7 7700X, and the high-end Ryzen 9 7900X and 7950X. In the first product wave, manufacturers offered motherboards with the X670(E) chipset, mostly designed as ultra-high-end models.
The sales statistics of the processors themselves correspond to this – the most expensive ones are sold the most (i.e. in this order: Ryzen 9 7950X, 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 5 7600X). It is logical, only a small part of users will buy a mainstream Ryzen 5 7600X board that is several times more expensive than the processor.
It is these users who are waiting for motherboards with the mainstream B650 chipset, which will be released this week, on October 4. Again, there will be both the B650 with PCIe 4.0 and the B650E with PCIe 5.0 variants
The B650E must be equipped with a PCIe 5.0 interface on both the graphics card slot and the storage interface. The B650 boards have a PCIe 4.0 graphics slot, while the storage interface is also PCIe 4.0, but they can optionally use faster PCIe 5.0 lines for it.
Lower high-end X670
About a month after the release of the AM5 platform, say in late October or early November, more affordable board models with the X670 chipset targeting users for whom luxury is not a priority should start appearing on the market.
There is no unified strategy, so it seems (according to various sources) that some brands (or some models?) will be available in about a month, others more after Christmas shopping.
It was 4X3Dthat is Zen 4 with V-cache for desktop is expected around the first quarter of next year. Apart from the confirmation that such a product is coming, there is nothing official and certain yet, but AMD’s partners are currently counting on three models: Eight-core, twelve-core and sixteen-core. A six-core one is not coming (V-cache and its encapsulation cost something extra, and pairing with one partially inactive chiplet would not make very good economic sense).
According to RedGamingTech, AMD’s partners expect the price of the Ryzen 9 7950X3D to be roughly between $849 and $899. This is a lower amount than originally expected (at the time of the $799 estimate for the Ryzen 9 7950X, there was talk of ~$300 extra for the X3D version, so $1099). However, the price is not yet closed, it is a product that is months away and can change depending on the market situation, the production situation, the yield and a number of possible unexpected events, of which there is really no shortage in recent years.
The OEM segment and the lower mainstream will continue to use the AM4 platform, which offers an advantage in the form of more affordable DDR4 memories.
Cheaper DDR5 is not expected to reach the level of DDR4 memory until the summer of 2023, so it is unlikely that AMD will expand the mainstream product offering for the AM5 platform before the second half of the summer or early fall of 2023 (say August to October).
Source: Diit.cz by diit.cz.
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