For several days a lot of rumors and articles (often revolving around the same source) evoke large disturbances with regard to the calendar of the next CPUs from AMD and INTEL. But we must recognize that it is the latter who could overhaul its roadmap the most. First of all, note that this brief will simply summarize these rumors and provide 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 general trend remains to give Intel the advantage. As a result, some say they are waiting for the possible release of the Ryzen 7000 X3D processors which could take over in gaming. We know that these processors cost more to AMD but to force the decision against Intel, a range of 4 X3D CPUs was planned. Still, it looks like AMD only plans to offer a Ryzen 5 7600X3D and a Ryzen 7 7700X3D. A limitation to two CPUs 6 and 8 cores which could disappoint some but which is nevertheless relatively logical with regard to the gaming target envisaged. Another rumor on the subject, if these X3D versions should be presented at the beginning of the year (at CES 2023?), the marketing could only take place around March or April 2023.
Intel: a greatly disrupted roadmap?
Contrary to many other leaks and rumors evoking Intel’s advance on its roadmap, we learn that Intel should postpone Meteor Lake and its LGA 1851 socket upgrade to 2024. This rumor relayed by the same leaker who talked about the Zen 4 X3D is particularly disturbing and goes against the trend that seemed to be emerging. Worse, to make its customers “wait”, the blues could occupy the field with Raptor Lake Refresh, ie similar processors taking advantage of an optimization of the burning process to offer small clock speed increases of 100 to 200 MHz. It is therefore only in 2024 that Intel will put its new products on the table, but again with a very surprising approach. Thus Meteor Lake would arrive in 2024, but we could also see Arrow Lake land a few months apart. How to explain this situation ? Always according to leaker, Intel would like the two lines to overlap. Meteor Lake could therefore focus its lineup on capped six-core performance and 16-core efficient CPUs and be particularly aggressive for laptops, while Arrow Lake will be more suitable for desktops with up to eight performance cores while keeping the same 16 efficient cores.
What to make of these rumors and what to expect for 2023
So here is a rather disturbing “revision” of the calendar. We have voluntarily dismissed certain other rumors evoking in particular a change in the engraving process for Meteor Lake because this story does not seem reliable to us as it stands. Regarding this discrepancy affecting AMD and more strongly Intel, here again we must remain cautious because if the briefs on the subject are multiplying, they have only been using the same source for a few days. However, by taking some height, this story could make sense.
After a major inflation including PC components, a “pause” could be good for everyone. In addition to the economic situation, the PC fan has just stuffed himself a change of socket for AMD, a switch to DDR5, a change of power supply (which will become more and more necessary with regard to the power and standard )…all crowned by an explosion in the prices of graphics cards and motherboards (to a lesser extent).
Considering 2023 as a year of transition would therefore not be so crazy. Note, however, that this point of view is a simple global reflection with regard to the market and considering the end customer as a priority…Considerations which cannot necessarily be aligned with those of manufacturers.
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