Sources at PC brand vendors told DigiTimes that they expect to see strong growth in demand for PCs in Q1 2017 thanks to the launch of Intel's Kaby Lake and the long-awaited arrival of the AMD Zen. The site heard AMD's first Zen-based processors will feature a better than expected price/performance ratio. If rumors from earlier this week were accurate, Zen may offer a clock-for-clock performance level that falls somewhere between the Intel Haswell and Broadwel architectures.
The site also heard that motherboard makers are aggressively preparing motherboards based on AMD's high-end X370, mainstream B350 and entry-level A320 chipsets. The first motherboards with the X370 are expected to ship towards the end of November.
Motherboard makers are also preparing lines of 200-series based motherboards for Intel's Kaby Lake. These boards will be showcased at CES 2017.