According to DigiTimes, AMD will delay its Zen based CPUs supposedly due to a weak market demand and some serious inventory issues with the upstream supply chain. The reason could theoretically be true, but it isn’t particularly convincing for the company.
AMD has already made it clear that its Zen chips (CPUs and APUs) will target the PC enthusiast market where the company currently has no product to compete against its rivals; the CPUs it has at best are the midrange FX-class processors priced at the highest $159.
If AMD really wants to re-enter into the high-performance desktop market, it should better launch a handful of Zen SKUs at above $200 price point. Well this isn’t out of question considering Lisa Su plans to sample OEMs in the next few weeks, probably starting August 1, which means AMD might still make an October / November launch window.
But, if sampling starts in Q3, AMD could hold off on retail availability, and debut the chips at CES 2017 for maximum impact. Keep in mind that these are all rumors so take them with a usual grain of salt until an official word comes out of AMD itself.