The second round of our exclusive covers the launch dates of the AMD Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” desktop CPUs, X670 and B650 motherboards.
AMD Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” CPUs hit store shelves September 15, but you can’t buy an X670 motherboard until September 27
We were the first to confirm that AMD will unveil an official Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” CPU on August 29, and another launch will take place on September 15. Since that report, there has been a series of reports citing various BIOS issues on the X670 motherboards. As per our second launch exclusivity, we reported that the Ryzen 7000 CPUs will hit store shelves on September 27, the same day as Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs.
However, based on the latest information we have, it looks like AMD will split the AM5 launch into three segments. First off, we’ll be getting the Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” desktop CPUs on September 15 as originally planned, but while users will be able to purchase their CPUs, the boards won’t launch at retail until September 27. This is more or less a two week delay and again, the reason mentioned is due to various BIOS issues. In addition to the BIOS issues, we also hear reports of entire PCB layouts being redesigned for the X670E and X670 motherboards, meaning something has really gone wrong, but this issue may only be specific to some motherboard vendors.
We were also able to confirm that the AMD B650 mainstream consumer motherboards will go to retail on October 10, just over a week after the launch of the AMD X670 motherboards. So in general, we can expect a launch schedule like this:
- AMD Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” Desktop CPUs Retail Launch – September 15
- AMD X670 Motherboards Retail Launch – September 27
- AMD B650 Motherboards Retail Launch – October 10
It is currently unknown whether AMD’s B650E chipset motherboards will also launch on the same day as the non-E B650 cards, but as X670E launches alongside X670 Non-E, the same can be expected for the B650 series. You can read more about the B650E chipset here.
We just reported the prices of the AMD Ryzen 7000 “Zen 4” CPUs in our exclusive here. AMD is also just hours away from the full reveal of its latest AM5 CPU family and platform that you can tune in to watch here.