The most recent central processing units (CPUs) from AMD and Intel have both been released, and now that the reviews are in, it is time to make a decision and place an order. AMD is currently running a promotion that offers significant price reductions on its most recent Ryzen 7000-series processors. This may help make the decision a little bit simpler.
AMD’s current lineup of Ryzen 7000-series central processing units (CPUs) are all based on the company’s most recent Zen 4 microarchitecture and are aimed at performance-hungry gamers, content creators, and enthusiasts. These processors have prices ranging from $299 to $699, but for a limited time only, you can get them at prices that are significantly lower than the MSRP.
Specifications for the AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPU
The top-of-the-line 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X from AMD has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $699; but, for a limited time only, it is available at Amazon (opens in new tab) for $574; this represents a considerable discount of 28%. AMD’s 12-core Ryzen 7900X has a price tag of $549, however it can be purchased for $474 on Amazon (opens in new tab), which represents a discount of 14%. This option is intended for individuals who do not wish to make an investment in all 16 Zen 4 cores.
In addition, AMD offers the six-core Ryzen 5 7600X, which has an official price of $299, but can be purchased via Amazon for $249. (opens in new tab). The sweet spot is probably the eight-core Ryzen 7 7700X, which is expected to retail for $399 but which sells for $349 at Amazon (opens in new tab), representing a hefty 22% discount off the original price.
Unlocking has been applied to all four of the available AMD Ryzen 7000-series processors. They are capable of having their clock speeds increased, provided that the motherboard used is either an AMD X670E/X670 or an AMD B650E/B650 model. Although DDR5 memory kits are more expensive than DDR4 kits, the new AM5 platforms do require DDR5 memory, and costs for DDR5 memory have been trending downward recently. In addition, because AMD’s new central processing units (CPUs) are rated for a maximum thermal design power of 230 watts, certain customers may be required to acquire a new cooler and possibly even a new power supply.