AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X CPUs expected to land on October 20, Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 9 5950X may launch in December
AMD will officially announce its desktop-grade Zen 3 CPUs next Thursday, on October 8, and, according to newly leaked information coming from a few trusted sources, the new CPUs should start hitting retailers as early as October 20.
According to Twitter user Uniko’s Hardware, AMD plans to release four Zen 3 desktop CPU variants this year. Team red will essentially skip the Ryzen 4000 denomination in order to reduce confusion with the Renoir laptop and desktop APUs. Thus, the Zen 3 lineup could include the 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X, 8-core Ryzen 7 5800X, 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X and 16-core 5950X models. (The tweet has been deleted in the meantime, so this info might not be accurate.)
However, AMD will not be releasing all these models at the same time. Yuri Bubliy, the creator of the CTR application, reports that there will be a first wave that only includes the Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X shipping by October 20. German site ComputerBase is also estimating that the first wave should hit retailers between October 20-27. The other two models may launch during the Holidays season. Additionally, Bubliy informs that the Navi 2x GPUs should see availability by mid-November.
Since the first tests for the 8-core Ryzen 7 5800X are showing quite a significant performance bump over the Ryzen 7 3800X, allowing it to beat even Intel’s i9-10900K top desktop CPU, some market analysts are inclined to think that AMD could also slightly raise the price points on all Zen 3 models. Still, the Ryzen 7 5800X will no doubt remain more affordable than Intel's i9-10900K.