No, it’s not a fire sale, but to make its appealing CPUs even more appealing in the face of Intel’s ferocious 12th-gen Alder Lake chips, AMD’s rival Ryzen 5000-series desktop CPUs are starting to drop in price. Amazon is currently selling the Ryzen 5 5600X for $260, which is the best price yet save for a quick blip down to $235 the other day. The Ryzen 7 5800X, meanwhile, is on sale for $350 (another almost all-time low), while the monstrous Ryzen 9 5900X just hit its all-time low, dropping to $449 on Amazon. The chips debuted at $309, $449, and $569, respectively, so these are significant discounts.
Prior to the unveiling of Intel’s recent stream of “Lakes” we called the Ryzen 5000-series “the best consumer CPU we’ve ever seen.” AMD’s processors provide excellent performance for both gaming and productivity applications. Whether you’re editing videos, crunching an e-sports level spreadsheet, or playing a triple-A game, these three CPUs can help boost your system’s performance.
The Ryzen 5 5600X is a six-core, twelve-thread CPU with a maximum boost to 4.6GHz. The Ryzen 7 5800X bumps up to eight cores, 16 threads and a max boost to 4.7GHz. Finally, the Ryzen 9 5900X has a whopping 12 cores, 24 threads, and a maximum boost clock of 4.8GHz.
All three of these CPUs will suit your next build nicely, and with a compatible motherboard they’ll let you run PCIe 4.0 SSDs and graphics cards at blazing fast speeds.
Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn’t like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.