If you want to buy a CPU, you are often spoiled for choice. Especially with Ryzen CPUs of the current 7000 series, the decision is difficult. CPUs such as the Ryzen 5 7600X are now available at top prices well below the RRP, so the non-X models that have just been released with their TDP of only 65 watts definitely raise the question of meaning. A good two weeks after the release, they are still close to the official asking price on the market, which is however in the range of the street prices of the larger siblings. (For comparison: The Ryzen 5 7600 costs 242 euros at Mindfactory, the Ryzen 5 7600X 248.) To make matters worse: Mainboards with AM5 sockets currently only start at 175 euros. The mandatory DDR5 RAM is also not cheap. If you want to save on current Intel processors, simply use a motherboard with DDR4. Socket 1700 motherboards of this kind start at as little as 80 euros, although they may not be the well-equipped ones that are combined with flagship CPUs. But the more popular DDR4 boards like the Gigabyte B660 Gaming X DDR4 (buy from Amazon for 138.90 euros) or the Gigabyte B760 GAMING X DDR4 (from Alternate for 153.90 euros) are even cheaper than AM5 mainboards for Ryzen 7000 out. Even in the face of such pitfalls, many users apparently still prefer to buy Ryzen 5000 processors such as the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Buy AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D & Co.: Dominant in CPU searches
CPUs like the Core i9-13900K may set the tone in games, but they are anything but cheap. And so it comes as no surprise that older processors dominate sales and searches. At the turn of the year, this was at least evident from the data collected by the retailer Mindfactory from Reddit user Ingebor. AMD Ryzen CPUs had therefore sold more frequently than Intel’s Core i series, with Ryzen 5000 landing well ahead of Ryzen 7000 in sales. Although new Ryzens have appeared again with the Non-X versions, little seems to have changed in the market structure recently. This shows the current top 10 CPU searches from Geizhals. At the time the article was written, it was 6:4 for AMD – five out of six AMD Ryzen CPUs are older chips from the 5000 series. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is still in first place, followed immediately by the Ryzen 7 5700X. With the Core i5-13600KF, the first Intel processor only comes in third place. The Ryzen 5 7600 follows as the only AMD processor of the current generation in 4th place, the Intel Core i7-13600K in fifth place, another older Ryzen in the form of the Ryzen 7 5800X on winner level 6 and the Ryzen 5 5600 on the still solid seventh place. The CPU ranking is rounded off by the Intel Core i5-12400F, the AMD Ryzen 5700G – with an integrated graphics unit that is still unusual for AMD in this generation – and the Intel Core i9-13900K.
Buy a Ryzen CPU to upgrade: AM4 platform advantage
The placement of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is hardly surprising. It differs from all other Ryzen 5000 processors by the mounted 3D V cache. By means of die-on-die 3D stacking, the contract manufacturer TSMC uses the already existing, 32 MiByte large L3 cache without further ado a memory package that is twice as large. The CPU therefore has a whopping 96 MiByte L3 cache, i.e. three times the amount actually available. In the April 2022 test, the processor put itself at the top of the gaming benchmarks in this way. The increase in performance was so enormous back then that even newer CPUs such as Ryzen 7000 and Intel’s Core i 13xxx series are not in the lead in an earth-shattering way. The PCGH test of the Ryzen 7000 processors with 65 watts had just crystallized that out again. Compared to the Ryzen 7000 X3D processors planned for February, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D will certainly lose ground – but AMD should pay a lot for these chips. With prices starting at just 339 euros, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is particularly interesting for owners of an AM4 mainboard for whom their Ryzen 2000 or 3000 has become too slow; but who are not willing to replace the mainboard and RAM at the same time as the CPU.
AMD promised in 2017 with the launch of the first Ryzen CPUs that they wanted to keep the platform up to date. With the launch of Ryzen 5000, it initially looked as if AMD would break its word a bit, since it initially only supported boards with a 500 “chipset” (I/O hub). However, it wasn’t long before BIOS updates appeared for many motherboards with B450 and X470 chipsets to accommodate the new processors as well. At the beginning of last year, motherboard manufacturers even made some of their X370 motherboards fit for new Ryzen processors. With a platform that has grown over the years, there is of course a huge user base for which an upgrade to Ryzen 5000 is an option. If you are unsure whether your AM4 mainboard can still handle a CPU upgrade, the mainboard manufacturer is of course the best place to go. Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Asrock and Co. usually have support pages for their products. There you will find information about any BIOS updates and CPU lists.
Popular Ryzen CPU: Here you can buy the top 10 processors from Intel & AMD
When creating the article, Mindfactory offered the best prices for almost all CPUs from the miser’s top 10, but you can also buy the processors cheaply from other retailers. Below you will find some interesting offers from AMD and Intel with links to various shops.
1st place CPU after search queries: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, 8C/16T, 3.40-4.50GHz, boxed without cooler
2nd CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700X, 8C/16T, 3.40-4.60GHz, boxed without cooler
3rd place CPU: Intel Core i5-13600KF, 6C+8c/20T, 3.50-5.10GHz, boxed without cooler
Platz-4-CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 7600, 6C/12T, 3.80-5.10GHz, boxed
5th place CPU: Intel Core i7-13700K, 8C+8c/24T, 3.40-5.40GHz, boxed without cooler
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6th place CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, 8C/16T, 3.80-4.70GHz, boxed without cooler
Platz-7-CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600, 6C/12T, 3.50-4.40GHz, boxed
Platz-8-CPU: Intel Core i5-12400F, 6C/12T, 2.50-4.40GHz, boxed
Platz-9-CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, 8C/16T, 3.80-4.60GHz, boxed
Platz-10-CPU: Intel Core i9-13900K, 8C+16c/32T, 3.00-5.80GHz, boxed ohne Kühler
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