For several days many rumors and articles (usually revolving around the same source) have stirred up a lot of confusion about the calendar of the next CPUs from AMD and INTEL. But we must recognize that the latter is the one that can overhaul its roadmap the most. First of all, note that this brief will summarize these rumors and give our point of view in the absence of reliable information from Intel in particular.
AMD Zen 4 X3D: only two processors in 2023?
While reviews of the new Ryzen 7000s are generally good, the overall trend remains to give Intel the advantage. As a result, some say they are waiting for the possible release of Ryzen 7000 X3D processors that can replace gaming. We know that these processors are more expensive than AMD but to force the decision against Intel, a range of 4 X3D CPUs is planned. However, it seems that AMD only plans to offer a Ryzen 5 7600X3D and a Ryzen 7 7700X3D. A limitation of the two CPUs 6 and 8 cores that disappoints some but is nevertheless quite logical in relation to the intended target of the game. Another rumor on the subject, if these X3D versions should be presented at the beginning of the year (at CES 2023?), sales can only take place around March or April 2023.
Intel: a deeply disruptive roadmap?
Contrary to many other leaks and rumors fueling Intel’s progress on its roadmap, we know that Intel will have to postpone Meteor Lake and the LGA 1851 socket upgrade to 2024. This rumor has been passed in the same leaker who talks about the Zen 4 X3D is particularly disturbing and goes against the trend that seems to be emerging. Worse, to make its customers “wait”, the blues can occupy the field The Raptor Lake Refresh, ie similar processors that take advantage of an optimization of the burning process to offer a slight increase in clock speed of 100 to 200 MHz. So only in 2024 will Intel put its new products on the table, but again in a surprising way. Thus Meteor Lake will arrive in 2024, but we will also see the land of Arrow Lake a few months away. How to explain this situation? Always according to leaker, Intel wants the two lines to overlap. So Meteor Lake can focus its line on limited six-core performance and 16-core efficient CPUs and be more aggressive for laptops, while Arrow Lake will be more suitable for desktops with up to eight performance cores while retaining the same 16 efficient cores.
What to do with these rumors and what to expect for 2023
So here is a rather disturbing “revision” of the calendar. We have voluntarily dismissed some other rumors that sparked a change in the carving process for Meteor Lake because this story does not seem credible to us as it stands. Regarding this difference that affects AMD and is more powerful than Intel, here we also have to remain cautious because if the briefs on the subject increase, they only use the same source for a few days. However, by taking some length, this story can make sense.
After the big inflation including PC components, the “pause” will be good for everyone. In addition to the economic situation, the PC fan recently set himself a change of socket for AMD, a switch to DDR5, a change of power supply (which may be more necessary about power and standard)…all crowned. by exploding the prices of graphics cards and motherboards (to a lesser extent).
Considering 2023 as a transition year is therefore not too crazy. Remember, however, that this point of view is a simple global reflection about the market and considers the end customer as a priority…Considerations that do not necessarily agree with the manufacturers.