12/25/2022 at 4:15 p.m. by Maximilian Hohm – AMD’s Zen 4 processors are still less popular than their predecessors, which can score with a good price-performance ratio. The prices for the AM5 processors are therefore currently falling again and could soon reach a new low. Therefore, read below about the reasons for this and why you should wait a few weeks with a planned update.
So far, the Zen 4 architecture has not been able to keep up with the sales success of the Zen 3 processors. While these processors offered unrivaled performance and efficiency at the time of their release, the Zen 4 chips have to compete with Intel’s Raptor Lake processors, which are very fast. In addition, there is high inflation, the end of the corona measures and the high prices for DDR5 memory and the corresponding AM5 boards. Now, two months after the release, some figures can be given and the current price development of the Zen 4 processors can be viewed.
For this you can use the sales figures given by the hardware dealer Mindfactory. The Ryzen 5 5600X, AMD’s Zen 3-based six-core processor, has been listed since October 23, 2020 and has sold nearly 71,000 units since then. The Ryzen 5 7600X, the direct successor, has been available since 08/25/2022 and since then about 1,900 copies have been sold. According to this, around 90 Ryzen 5 5600X sold per day are opposed to around 16 Ryzen 5 7600X sold, even though the Ryzen 5 5600 is now available, which actually offers the same performance for even less money.
Price development Ryzen 9 7950X
The prices for the Zen 4 chips are therefore once again falling. The Ryzen 9 7950X is back at its low of 599 euros, the Ryzen 7 7700X is close at 358 euros. The relatively unpopular Ryzen 9 7900X is cheaper than ever at 495 euros and the Ryzen 5 7600X is getting ready to reach a new best price in the near future at 248 euros and is falling.
However, users who are interested in buying should definitely wait a few more weeks, unless there is an urgent need, because at the CES in early January, Intel is supposed to present its budget Raptor Lake models and AMD itself is supposed to announce the X3D versions of the Zen 4 chips. These, in turn, should offer significantly higher gaming performance than the previous Zen 4 processors and could bring the gaming crown back to AMD. Unfortunately, the platform costs are still not good, but there are already the first mainboards with socket AM5 for less than 200 euros, usable 32 GiB kits DDR5 memory with EXPO cost from around 170 euros.
Source: PCGH Price Comparison & Reddit