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3000 series and 4000 series at the next year Are backward compatible. 2021 there should be new socket.So will B450 / X470 and B350 / X370 support the 3000 series with a BIOS update or will they require 5 series motherboards? Because that 3950X looks seriously tempting.
If there is only a relatively tiny incremental improvement in performance per buck, then the additional value per dollar won't be worth bothering with for people who already have somewhat recent CPUs and won't change the upgrade case by much for people still holding on to even older CPUs. Most people who really want one already got one, the rest have little additional reason to pull the trigger, that's rarely good for sales growth. If you are skeptical about AMD shaving prices, I'll remind you that the 2000-series' MSRPs are ~10% below the 1000-series MSRPs. I wouldn't be surprised if the 3000-series launched with another ~10% launch MSRP shave.Most likely 8 core will cost about the same as old 8 core, it will be just faster because of upgrades. 16 core could be douple the price of old 8 core and even then it would be bargain compared to alternatives!
Unless they're Intel CPUs, in which case the retail price for new-in-box parts tends to go up instead of down once the higher-end CPUs of a given generation are discontinued and stay there until the CPUs are no longer relevant.But always when there has been new cpu/gpu the bang for the buck has been in older versions because They will be sold out.
Intel does not need to cut prices. I was just at a computer store last week and there were 20+ Intel based laptops and 1 Ryzen. The Ryzen laptop was a 15+" HP laptop which looked like a big brick next to Intel models. AMD will get like <10% of the market share and that is it. Intel won't allow more. Especially the server processors, mission impossible...The last round of significant price cuts I remember seeing from Intel was over 12 years ago. 'Some' time indeed!