Oh, it absolutely won’t . . .
But I actually need to build a new system ASAP.
And the reality is that, even if it does come out in November (which it probably won’t . . . ditto Alder Lake), we won’t be able to build new systems right then and there.
Whether we’re talking about the Zen 3 TR line or the Alder Lake line, there’s a good chance that the predictions of a 2021 release won’t pan out.
Whenever they are officially “released,” they probably won’t be available for purchase by jus’plain-folks until at least a good few months after their eventual release date . . . most of the initial production runs will probably wind up in the hands of the major OEMs . . . and, say, NewEgg’s pre-built-computer side-busines.
And even then, it’ll likely be the same deal as what’s going on right now with NVIDIA graphics cards: empty shelves, a glut of ridiculously-overpriced (and possibly used or misused) CPUs for sale by third-party-seller people/companies with clearly-made-up names, on eBay, Amazon, New Egg, Walmart, etc. . . . . . . meanwhile, every once in a blue moon, Tom’s Hardware or Ars Technica will type up a report about the long lines of hopefuls queuing in front of Best Buys across the country, most of whom walk away empty-handed.
Assuming that nothing horribly wrong is uncovered re the design and/or manufacture of the chips themselves, it’ll probably be a few more months before the next-gen MOBOs come out, the BIOSes/UEFIs are properly updated, and enough hardware/software conflicts are resolved to render purchasing the CPUs a reasonably safe proposition.
And I can’t wait that long . . . so I want to get the best that I can get right now, with an eye towards upgrading to the literally-just-around-the-corner New Tech (DDR5, USB4/TB4, etc.), once it has had a chance to settle in and have the wrinkles smoothed.
I would have stuck with the familiar and purchased a 10th Gen Intel chip now and wait for Alder Lake to become truly available, but the latter uses a new socket, so anything Intel that I buy now is a technological cul-de-sac. Ditto the 5950X.
That’s how I wound up looking at the 3960X. AMD has at least claimed that it will stick with the sTRX4 socket for a while . . . so, if I get the best-equipped 3960X-friendly MOBO now . . . by the time I can afford to upgrade to its Zen 3 successor (probably a year or two after its initial release), it should work**.
Now, somebody from Steinberg, please chime in and tell us what the 3960X’s Cubase/Nuendo true status is.