Word is going around that AMD is preparing for the arrival of its highly anticipated Zen platform by aggressively adjusting product prices in order to accelerate inventory digestion of its old products.
The new Zen processor and the new high-end X370 chipset will be introduced at CES 2017 in January, but sources in the Taiwanese supply chain told DigiTimes that it will be a paperlaunch because mass shipments aren't scheduled until after February 2017. The site also writes that Zen is unlikely to contribute to AMD's profit until Q2 2017:
Zen-based processors will be manufactured on Globalfoundries' 14nm FinFET process, featuring an eight-core-16-thread design. AMD will initially release Zen-based high-performance desktop processors (Summit Ridge), while one for notebooks is scheduled to launch at the end of second-quarter 2017.
The high-end X370 chipsets will be launched at CES 2017, while mainstream B350 and low-end A320 will be unveiled later. X370-based motherboards will begin shipments in December.