AMD's Ryzen 5000 series CPUs are decreasing in price
AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X has been spotted for £320 at multiple retailers
Published: 31st January 2022 | Source: PCPARTPICKER |
AMD's CPU prices are lowering, and that's great news for PC builders
AMD's Ryzen 5000 series processors could be seen as a turning point for the company, the launch that shifted AMD from being the underdogs of the CPU market to become a market leader. It wasn't long ago that Intel processors were the only processors worth recommending, and while AMD's prior Ryzen CPUs gained a lot of ground against Intel, it was the Ryzen 5000 series that saw AMD overtake Intel across a wide range of workloads.
At launch, AMD's Ryzen 5000 series CPUs demanded high pricing. Now, the launch of Intel's 12th Generation Alder Lake series of CPUs have reignited competition within the x86 CPU market. Now, both AMD and Intel have strong high-end CPU offerings, and that is forcing the prices of AMD's Ryzen 5000 series CPUs to come down.
Today, multiple retailers are selling Ryzen 7 5800X processors for £319.99. In October 2021, the lowest price that PCPARTPICKER had for that CPU was £369. This time last year, prices of £400 or higher were common.
Similar pricing trends can be seen for AMD's other Ryzen 5000 series processors, with the company's flagship 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X dipping below £650, their Ryzen 9 5900X dipping below £450 and their Ryzen 5 5600X dipping below £245 at multiple retailers. AMD's CPU prices have gotten lower since the release of Intel's Alder Lake CPU lineup.
(Historic Ryzen 7 5800X pricing - Via PCPARTPICKER)
This pricing trend makes one thing clear, and that is that competition is a great thing for the CPU market. PC builders now get a lot more CPU for their money than they did pre-Ryzen, with exploding core counts and stronger per-core performance working in tandem to deliver incredible results in recent years. Let's hope that both AMD and Intel can continue delivering strong generational leaps in desktop CPU performance.