In a shock email late on Friday, AMD released a statement to clarify the situation with its latest Ryzen processors. It is positive that the next generation of Threadripper processors will hit the market in November, but the downside is that AMD delays the release of the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X by November, citing high demand for those parts and time is
. AMD says:
We focus on satisfying the strong demand for our 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processors on the market and now plan to launch both the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and the original 3rd generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors by volume this November. We are confident that when enthusiasts get hold of the world's first 16-core mainstream desktop processor and our next generation of high-end desktop processors, the wait will be well worth it.
As far as we understand, this has nothing to do with TSMC's latest reports requiring 6 months for new 7nm orders: silicon for these processors would have been ordered months ago, with the only real factor being billing and demand satisfaction. It will be interesting to see how the intersection of the 16th kernel with the next gen Ryzen will play.