AMD has quietly cut prices again on its Ryzen 7000 series CPUs, this time most likely to offer space above them for its incoming and long-awaited Ryzen 7000 series X3D CPUs with 3D V-Cache. These processors could well see increased sales for AMD, with better gaming performance compared to their predecessors.
The company has already cut prices with costs falling back in November for CPUs such as the Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X and Ryzen 5 7600X to compete with Intel’s 13th generation CPUs which offered similar value for money, but the benefit of a cheaper platform.
For example, Intel’s Core i5-13600K generally outperforms the Ryzen 5 7600X and Ryzen 7 7700X in many tests, but the Ryzen 7 7700X costs significantly more. Even Intel has seen prices drop to counter AMD’s move – the Core i5-13600K dropped in price back in November and has stayed low ever since.
As spotted by Wccftech, Microcentre for one is slashing prices with the Ryzen 9 7950X selling for $587 and including 32GB of DDR5 memory – $110 cheaper than the launch price, the Ryzen 9 7900X dropping to $418, also including a 32GB DDR5 memory kit.
On Amazon, the official price has dropped by $20 since the beginning of the month to $419 – a massive $130 less than the launch price back in November. The Ryzen 7 7700X is now $342, while the Ryzen 5 7600X is just $244 – both down from where they were at the start of the year.
Can AMD’s Ryzen 7000X3D processors turn their fortunes around?
AMD is promising drastic performance improvements with its Ryzen 7000X3D CPUs, and above we can see the claimed increase over the already excellent gaming chip – the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. The promise that these processors are just around the corner is definitely a factor in the modest sales of their Ryzen 7000 series CPUs so far.
The high cost of the Socket AM5 platform – expensive motherboards and requirements for DDR5 memory even for cheaper models – is another reason, and it certainly won’t be fixed anytime soon. But while the original Ryzen 7000 CPUs lack the grunt to best Intel in gaming, the new X3D models may well be unbeatable and provide a good reason for those holding out or looking to upgrade to finally splash out.
Another advantage is that the frequencies of the new CPUs do not appear to be much lower than their original counterparts. This should mean that unlike the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, they don’t drastically underperform outside of gaming, instead offering decent performance for content creation as well as amazing gaming frame rates.
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