We don’t spend a ton of time perusing the rumor mill since so little ever holds up, and much seems to be fabricated to the core, so it’s sometimes funny when we’re sent a debunking of a rumor we didn’t even know existed. Over the past week or so, it seems some websites have spread the news that Zen 3’s launch target has been pushed back to 2021, but that’s just not so – according to AMD.
During an unrelated briefing, AMD decided to debunk this rumor from the get-go, which to us is a great thing. It wouldn’t have surprised us if Zen 3 was in fact pushed back a bit, because delays happen – even to the best of them. At this point, we’re well into June, and AMD is stating that it’s confident Zen 3 is still on track, which means if all goes according to plan, we will in fact see it in the next six months.
This assurance is great, because while Zen 2 hasn’t exactly left us unimpressed, the fact that AMD claims to make more significant improvement with its next architecture iteration is significant in itself. We’ve been really impressed in all of our third-gen Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper testing, in some cases having our expectations far exceeded. To see that again with Zen 3 would be quite a treat.
On a side note, we’ve been overdue on delivering our look at AMD’s quad-core Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X, but we’re putting the finishing touches on the review now, and expect it to be posted within the next day. Soon after, we’ll tackle the first 10th-gen Intel chips to hit our doorstep, including the i9-10900K. Stay tuned.