AMD has been quietly lowering the prices of its Ryzen 7000 series CPUs, this time presumably to accommodate up there for its incoming and highly anticipated Ryzen 7000 series X3D CPUs with 3D V-Cache. Those processors could well see higher sales for AMD, with better gaming performance compared to their predecessors.
The company has already slashed prices with costs falling back in November for CPUs like the Ryzen 9 7950X, Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and Ryzen 5 7600X to compete with Intel’s 13th Gen CPUs that offered similar value for money, but with the advantage 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 fall to counter AMD’s moves – the Core i5-13600K dropped in price in November and has remained low ever since.
As noted by Wccftech, Microcentre for one is dropping prices with the Ryzen 9 7950X selling for $587 and including 32 GB of DDR5 memory – $110 cheaper than the launch price, the Ryzen 9 7900X drops to $418, including a 32 GB DDR5 memory kit.
On Amazon, the official price is down $20 since the beginning of the month to $419 – a massive $130 lower than the November launch price. The Ryzen 7 7700X now sits at $342, while the Ryzen 5 7600X is just $244 – both lower than where they were at the beginning of the year.
Can AMD’s Ryzen 7000X3D CPUs Turn Its Fortune?
AMD promises drastic performance gains with its Ryzen 7000X3D CPUs, and above we can see improvements being claimed over the already excellent gaming chip – the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. The promise that these processors are right around the corner is certainly a factor in the modest sales of the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs to date.
The high cost of its Socket AM5 platform – expensive motherboards and requirement for DDR5 memory even for cheaper models – is another reason and it certainly won’t be resolved anytime soon. While the original Ryzen 7000 CPUs lack the grunt to better Intel in games, the new X3D models could well be unbeatable and could be a good reason for those who persevere or want to upgrade to finally splash out.
Another advantage is that the frequencies of the new CPUs don’t seem to be much lower than their original counterparts. This should mean that unlike the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, they don’t have drastically lower performance outside of games, but instead offer decent content creation performance, as well as great frame rates for games.
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