Although supply levels were a bit shaky in the months following the debut of AMD’s Ryzen 5000 (Zen 3) consumer desktop processors, things are looking much better now.
The Ryzen 5000 inventory is looking great, and we’re envious that we can’t say the same for the Radeon RX 6000 and GeForce RTX 30 gaming cards, which are still in short supply (which could last through the end of 2022).
The high inventory, combined with Intel’s upcoming 12th generation Alder Lake processors, means Ryzen 5000 processors are available at some of the best prices yet.
Furthermore, all four Ryzen 5000 desktop processors — Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X, and Ryzen 9 5950X — are trending well below their MSRPs, which is great news for gamers.
The flagship Ryzen 9 5950X has an MSRP of $799, but it’s now on sale at Amazon for $749. While this may appear to be a $50 reduction, these processors were originally priced at around $1,000 (or more).
The Ryzen 9 5900X is now unavailable on Amazon (direct seller), while the Ryzen 7 5800X is available for $392.99 (against an MSRP of $449). Finally, Amazon has the Ryzen 5 5600X on sale at $272.99, down from $299 MSRP.
With Alder Lake rumored to be announced on October 27th and released on November 19th, it’s wonderful to see that prices on the Zen 3 lineup are lowering.
What will be fascinating to see is how competitive Alder Lake will be versus AMD’s consumer desktop processors, which are nearly a year old.
We’re particularly curious to see how the 16-core, 24-thread Core i9-12900K compares to the Ryzen 9 5950X. Intel has yet to field a core-for-core rival for the Ryzen 9 family, so this will be a fascinating contest to follow.