Gaming desktops with AMD Zen chips will be hard to come by this year



If you’re expecting widespread availability of gaming desktops with AMD’s Zen chips by year-end, don’t hold your breath.

It’s been a long wait for Zen since it was first announced in mid-2015. It’s shaping up to be the best CPU from the company in more than a decade, and the AMD faithful are hungry to get their hands on a desktop with the chip.

High-end desktops with Zen will be available, but in “limited volume towards the end of the fourth quarter,” said Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, during an earnings call Thursday. The number of available Zen-based desktops will depend on how testing of the chips goes and how ready PC makers are to ship the machines, Su noted.

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