Will these price drops become permanent?
While sale prices on computer hardware during Thanksgiving week here in the USA is nothing new, it is a bit surprising nonetheless to see such big price cuts on AMD’s Zen 4 processors so close to launch (officially 8/29/22). It has been less than three months, and while the talk around this new AM5 platform largely seems to settle around motherboard costs (and DDR5, when Microcenter isn’t giving the memory away for free) it is still surprising to see the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X marked all the way down from $699 to $573.99.
Here’s the current picture from Amazon.com:
In text form, Amazon’s current pricing is as follows:
- AMD Ryzen 9 7950X – $573.99
- AMD Ryzen 9 7900X – $473.99
- AMD Ryzen 7 7700X – $348.99
- AMD Ryzen 5 7600X – $248.99
Before you say that this is just an Amazon Black Friday thing, consider that Newegg had these prices first – and Newegg is actually providing discount codes to save even more money:
Here are those Newegg prices in text form:
- AMD Ryzen 9 7950X – $574.00 (before $20 coupon code)
- AMD Ryzen 9 7900X – $474.00 (before $15 coupon code)
- AMD Ryzen 7 7700X – $349.00 (before $10 coupon code)
- AMD Ryzen 5 7600X – $249.00 (before $10 coupon code)
These Newegg prices are within a penny of Amazon, but far more important are the $10 – $20 coupon codes on top of these discounted prices. Suddenly it’s possible to purchase the high-end Ryzen 9 7950X for $554, or the entry-level Ryzen 5 7600X for $239, directly from Newegg after discounts and coupon codes. But are these discounts enough to increase AM5 platform adoption?
I think most of our audience is waiting for similar discounts on AM5 motherboards, as well as significant discounts on DDR5 memory. There are a number of factors at play, including AMD’s decision to embrace PCI Express 5.0, which have driven up the manufacturing costs of these new motherboards compared to the AM4 platform. On the Intel side budget motherboards offering support for Intel 12th and 13th Gen Core CPUs are plentiful, in part due to the fact that inexpensive boards offer DDR4 memory support – which of course also lowers total platform cost.
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Update, 11/22/22: We have learned that AMD has lowered prices at their own webstore (link). Given the label “New Low Price” for each discounted CPU, we now know that these are in fact permanent price drops. Screenshot below:
Update 11/23/22: I was wrong. AMD has changed the label on these markdowns to read “Deals on Our Newest Processors”, in place of the “New Low Price” label we saw just a day ago.
AMD made a statement indicating that these are in fact temporary price drops. Quoting the source (PCGamesHardware) below:
Update: As AMD Germany has confirmed to PCGH, there is no official price reduction for Ryzen 7000. According to AMD, the current prices are based “on Black Week discount campaigns with our partner shops in DACH”, according to AMD’s press spokesman. Similar actions are likely to take place in other countries. The dealer’s discount is therefore “limited in time”.