If you were planning to cancel your restaurant reservation to queue up at the Micro Center on Valentine’s Day to purchase one of the new AMD Ryzen 7000X3D processors, you should reconsider.
After reports started circulating that AMD’s website listed February 14 as the availability date for its long-awaited Ryzen 7000X3D processor, the company had to officially scrap the idea.
“As you know, today AMD.com briefly released the launch date for the Ryzen 7000X3D series desktop processors; however, this date is incorrect. As of now, we have not confirmed a launch date. We will provide an update on the expected availability of these processors going forward,” a company spokesperson said in an email to PCWorld on Wednesday afternoon.
AMD’s update may be bad news for those looking to get an X3D chip, but it’s probably good news for relationships around the world. The initial report came about thanks to Overclock3D.net, which discovered new information on AMD.com. Shortly after the initial report, AMD changed the availability date and is now officially disavowing it as a bug.
However, many are disappointed by the fact that AMD has not disclosed its price. Because the various processors include AMD V-Cache, a vertically stacked “special sauce” that gives the processors a gaming edge, you can expect higher prices compared to the vanilla Ryzen 9 7900X and Ryzen 9 7950X. These non-X3D processors have a retail price of $549 and $699, respectively, although significant discounts have been seen on retail prices.
According to AMD’s advertising benchmarks, the top-notch 7950X3D processor can outperform the best Intel Core i9 processor in both gaming and (thanks to its 24-core architecture) overall performance and media production tasks. In short, it’s a beast, and the cheaper 8- and 12-core options should show similar performance gains.
And no, standing in line at the Micro Center is not the best idea for a Valentine’s Day date.
Gordon Mah Ung contributed to this report