Last week, AMD kicked off the sales of the new Ryzen 5000 processors based on the Zen 3 architecture (Ryzen 9 5950X and 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800x, and Ryzen 5 5600x) on November 5th. These are very coveted products as AMD has managed to significantly reduce the performance gap with Intel processors in the gaming sector.
Buying them, however, was not so easy, and there are those on the Internet who had again talked about paper launches. Again because in this troubled year, important IT product launches had to collide with scarce stocks that failed to meet the expectations of potential buyers. Nvidia’s flops with the entire RTX 30 line, starting with the much-desired RTX 3080 graphics card.
AMD, however, immediately wanted to clarify that it was not a paper launch, the stocks of Ryzen 5000 were available but the demand was very high. On this point Frank Azor, Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions & Marketing of AMD, was clear, pointing out that the stocks available at launch were certainly not small (shipping tons of units).
There's a big difference between a "paper launch" and shipping tons of units but demand exceeds supply.
— Frank Azor (@AzorFrank) November 8, 2020
The executive also confirmed that the company has stepped up measures to prevent available stocks from ending up in the hands of scalpers interested in buying large quantities of CPUs and then reselling them at much higher prices.
In particular, AMD has done everything to block purchases via bots, succeeding in several cases – in other cases the scalpers have managed to get away with it and place the new processors for sale at high prices on eBay.
Yes, we made a strong effort & succeeded in many cases. It's a battle that is never completely won but I applaud our teams efforts & those of our partners during this round. We continue to learn & adapt with every launch. We want our products in the hands of their intended users.
— Frank Azor (@AzorFrank) November 7, 2020
Even in the case of the new Ryzen Zen 3 CPUs, the suggestion is therefore to wait patiently for the arrival of new stocks, avoid purchases at exaggerated prices and hope that the new year will bring greater stability to the entire segment. Situations and considerations that could be repeated again on November 18th with the start of sales of the first AMD Radeon 6000 cards (6800 and 6800XT).