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AMD Ryzen CPU Release Date Almost Certainly End of February

Posted on January 13, 2017

AMD may have inadvertently given out information today that could narrow down the release window for their upcoming Ryzen CPUs. The possible release date information was provided by a panel description for the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC), where AMD will host a panel detailing Zen optimization techniques for programmers. GDC 2017 takes place from February 27-March 3. This coupled with the AMD panel description from the GDC website (and our own digging while at CES) tells us that Ryzen will ship at the end of February.

In the original panel description (that has since been changed), AMD was asking session attendees to join their “Game Engineering team members for an introduction to the recently-launched AMD Ryzen CPU.” “Recently-launched” is the key phrase and indicates that the Ryzen CPU would likely already be available prior to GDC 2017, which again is February 27-March 3.

This is not all that surprising. In our recent coverage of the new MSI AM4 motherboards, MSI had informed GN that the X370 XPOWER Titanium & B350 Tomahawk motherboards were targeted at “end of February” launches. Between the information provided on launches for MSI’s AM4 motherboards and this recent AMD GDC panel description, we can start to assume a release window of mid-to-late February of 2017.

As we get closer to the release of AMD’s Ryzen check back for more news and information as it becomes available.

- Ryan Greenberg