AMD introduced in a shock electronic mail at the moment that its Ryzen 9 3950X, initially slated for launch this month, has been delayed till November, when it and new Zen 2 Threadripper CPUs will debut:
We’re specializing in assembly the sturdy demand for our third technology AMD Ryzen processors available in the market and now plan to launch each the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and preliminary members of the third Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor household in quantity this November. We’re assured that when fans get their fingers on the world’s first 16-core mainstream desktop processor and our next-generation of high-end desktop processors, the wait will likely be nicely value it.
The 3950X will likely be a 16-core, 32-thread desktop CPU operating with a four.7GHz increase clock, with a urged retail worth of $749. Particulars on the Threadrippers debuting subsequent month are thinner, though graphics describe it as “premiering with 24 cores.” Presumably, we’ll finally see Zen 2 Threadrippers with 32 cores and 64 threads to match the final technology’s 2990WX. Though there have not been any official statements, rumors are floating round about one current Threadripper 3000 32-core CPU—person benchmarks claiming to be from an engineering pattern confirmed up at Geekbench final month.
The delay of Ryzen 9 3950X’s launch—together with excessive shortages of the already-launched Ryzen 9 3900X—results in apparent provide line hypothesis. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Firm (TSMC), the foundry AMD makes use of for its Zen 2 processors (and Apple makes use of for the 7nm A13 CPU within the iPhone 11), just lately elevated its lead time for brand spanking new orders from two months to 6. This elevated lead mustn’t instantly have an effect on the 3950X or Threadripper launches, because the silicon for these processors would have been ordered months in the past.However it is a sign that TSMC could also be approaching manufacturing or binning limits.
In happier information, the delays and shortage solely appear to use to the stratospheric excessive finish of the product line—Ryzen 7 3800X and beneath are nonetheless extensively out there.