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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  • Gothmoth - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - link

    if anyone fromn anand is is listening... can you do an indepth test if HYPER THREADING is worth it with the latest CPU´s?

    i did my own limitedt test and i don´t see any benefits in real world application i use (mostly video apps, premiere, after effects and lightroom, photoshop).
  • rtharston - Monday, January 23, 2017 - link

    Has anyone noticed that they pulled the pertinent couple of words from the sentence over at the GDC website? It now says, "Join AMD Game Engineering team members for an introduction to the AMD Ryzen CPU followed by advanced optimization topics."
    I guess they caught their mistake. ;)

    I am really excited about how Ryzen will shake things up. I agree that Intel has been needing to kick CPU development into gear and that AMD needs this to survive. We all need actually. We have already seen what happens when there is no strong competition. I can appreciate Intel's improvements to their iGPUs, especially for laptop owners, and I can't honestly say I personally need more CPU power than I already have (3210M in a 13" 2012 MBP) but I know that some people do. (my brother's brother-in-law does his own youtube videos and has several insane editing rigs).

    If this is the competition it takes to get Intel back into the big R&D it takes to come up with something completely new and amazing then I say bring it on. That said, even once Intel has come out with the next big thing to try and jump ahead again I expect I'll still be looking to AMD anyway since they have much better iGPUs, and they are promoting HSA. I'd consider taking a drop in CPU power for a better iGPU and HSA support from AMD, since HSA has the potential to absolute destroy CPU only performance, once us programmers can get our heads around how to optimize for it...

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