AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors have been spotted online, with product listings popping up at a Canadian retailer.
One of the regular hardware geeks on Twitter, @momomo_us, has spotted the CPUs listed at retailer PC Canada.
The first Zen 4 processors to hit the store seem to match the rumor mill chatter, which predicted the Ryzen 9 7950X and 7900X, plus the 7700X and 7600X, would go on sale first. And those are the models that are now available for pre-order from PC Canada, but still we have to be careful with these (the retailer might make things up based on current speculation, to get some publicity, for everyone we know).
If you remember with its current generation of CPUs, AMD first released the same models, but with one key difference: we got the 5800X, not the 5700X (which came much later). Launching with the 7700X would bode well for consumers looking for a more affordable 8-core processor.
Seeing these Ryzen 7000 chips appearing now is, in theory, a good sign that the September 15th rumors of the next-gen processors hitting the shelves seems to be on track. Ordinarily, we’d expect these types of retail meltdowns to happen in the month leading up to launch. (Note that we should see a reveal event sooner, in fact the Vine is claiming that Zen 4 will be unveiled on August 29, which is only a few weeks away now).
Analysis: So what about those prices?
There’s something else to discuss here aside from the Ryzen 7000 models that are supposedly about to come to us, and that, of course, is their pricing. As always with these types of leaks, the pricing could be wrong, and it’s very likely that these are temporary price tags – in other words, just guesses. AMD may not have set the final price on its own at this stage.
In addition, these are CPUs sold without a cooler (not boxed and intended for PC builders), and furthermore, prices have changed since the leak was originally spotted by Wccftech (opens in new tab). All this is to say that for the most part we are simply ignoring the prices given here.
When looking at the price tags (at the time of writing) compared to Ryzen 5000 models, and comparing the most expensive 7950X to the most affordable 7600X, the flagship to mid-range price ratio is actually pretty much what you’d expect relative to the current generation of products. In other words, for Ryzen 7000, the same kind of pricing seems to be maintained across the range as Ryzen 5000, so in theory not much will change.
This seems to contradict the recent rumor that the 7950X and 7900X will be more expensive than their Ryzen 5000 counterparts, but honestly we wouldn’t read much about this. Mind you, the speculation that high-end CPUs for Zen 4 are more expensive is also just a rumor, so should also be viewed with a fair amount of skepticism.