Thanks to some sleuthing from various readers, AMD has accidentally let the cat out of the bag with regards to the official Ryzen launch date. While they haven’t specifically given an exact date, the talk to be given by AMD at the annual Game Developer Conference (GDC) says the following:

Join AMD Game Engineering team members for an introduction to the recently-launched AMD Ryzen CPU followed by advanced optimization topics.


The GDC event runs from February 27th to March 3rd, and currently the AMD talk is not on the exact schedule yet, so it could appear any day during the event (so be wary if anyone says Feb 27th). At this time AMD has not disclosed an exact date either, but it would be an interesting time to announce the new set of Ryzen CPUs right in the middle of both GDC and Mobile World Congress which is also during that week. It would mean that Ryzen news may end up being buried under other GDC and smartphone announcements.

Then again, the launch could easily be anytime during February – this March 3rd date only really puts an end-point on the potential range. AMD has stated many times, as far back as August, that Q1 is the intended date for launch to consumers in volume. When we spoke with AMD at CES, nothing was set in stone so to speak, especially clock speeds and pricing, but we are expecting a full launch, not just something official on paper. Ryan will be at GDC to cover this exact talk, and I’ll be at MWC covering that event. Either way, we want to make sure that we are front of the queue when it comes time to disclosing as much information as we can get our hands on ahead of time. Stay tuned!

Source: GDC

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  • pencea - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    Let's hope they won't be late and publish the review right on time.
  • zodiacfml - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    I agree to this. This will be the value of Ryzen.
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    I'm super excited about this announcement, and hopeful that AMD won't mess this up. I really want a performance Ryzen APU/SoC in my next laptop.
  • Chaser - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    I'm mostly a gamer. As long as it's competitive the differences in CPU performance will be negligible. So price is probably the most important factor for me at this stage.
  • Replikant - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    One further thing to consider: Even if Ryzen is at the same price/performance, we should buy it. Whenever possible support the underdog. We've all seen the crap Intel pulls when there is no competition.
  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    I'd really like to support AMD to at least help maintain some amount of competition in the market, but as Anandtech articles have already pointed out in the past, many AMD processor-equipped laptops are stuck on single channel memory even though the CPU can handle dual channel. It's not a big deal until the system has to turn to RAM to support the graphics card. That really kills the whole AMD thing for me...well there was that and the anemic performance of the Athlon x4 860K I purchased last year that was at best, only a little faster than the Q6600 it replaced.

    Maybe Ryzen can turn things around. I'm hopeful for that and for improved Linux support for AMD GPUs. I haven't use an AMD GPU in quite a few years due to their weak showing in Linux even though something like a C-70 or e-450 was definately on my to-buy list back when I was netbook shopping. Ultimately, I ended up with an Atom n450 because its GMA 3150 had better driver support at the time.
  • TheJian - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    They could easily get me if they make it FULLY win7 compatible also. I can't see buying either side if it forces me to win10, telemetry crap, Desktop trying to act like a mobile device etc etc (jeez list of hate I have here is long). I'm almost certain many forms of *nix will have full support so maybe they'll get me that way and my current desktop could be my last WINTEL PC finally. Bring on the Vulkan games so I can finally make a move without the need for Dx or Wintel.

    When you write the review, please include a discussion of what is MISSING if you choose to install on something OTHER than windows 10. I'm guessing that will be very important to MANY people.
  • Ming3r - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - link

    Do you want them to go over this for Kaby Lake as well? Or a full article on how Microsoft is requiring it?
  • lmcd - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - link

    Probably not important to many people, as the subsection of people whose tinfoil hats cover internet browsing but not Windows 10 usage are quite small. I'm surprised and disappointed your Anandtech comment section part hasn't burned through yet from all of those dangerous transmissions.
  • prtskg - Friday, January 13, 2017 - link

    You can check sites like which are linux oriented for zen's performance in linux.

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