There are already big AMD Ryzen 5000 discounts after Alder Lake's launch

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU deal
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Some stores in the US have already started listing AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs at quite a discount, following the launch of Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs. Intel’s newest offering (opens in new tab) includes the Intel Core i9 12900K, which is already looking strong with its surprisingly low launch price, though perhaps not for all games, yet (opens in new tab)

That’s why we’re not too surprised to see retailers like Micro Center (opens in new tab) (via Videocardz (opens in new tab)) drop the price of some of these AMD chips. You could potentially pick up a Ryzen 5 5600X (opens in new tab) at a $30 discount for $280, though why would you when an extra two cores in the form of a Ryzen 7 5800X (opens in new tab) is only $20 more. These cards are down $150 from their regular price, which is $50 cheaper than we've ever seen them, so grabbing one for $300 is a pretty great deal.

These price changes don’t seem to be widespread, yet. Newegg (opens in new tab) currently has a fair discount on its 5800X, putting it at $387 but that’s still almost a $100 difference over MicroCenter’s pricing. In the UK there are small discounts around with Overclockers (opens in new tab) and eBuyer (opens in new tab) selling at a £60 saving. We’ve yet to spot any outside of the US meeting those Micro Center prices. 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (opens in new tab)

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X | 3.8GHz | 8-Core| AM4| Cooler not included| $449.99 $299.99 at Micro Center (save $150) (opens in new tab)
$150 off makes this the cheapest we've ever spied the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, so if you're in the market, definitely jump on this while you can. Even without such a hefty discount, this chip is a seriously good deal for gaming and content creation.

There’s also no official word from AMD on this or whether we’re likely to see a cut to the recommended retail price soon. But with Intel’s brand new CPUs coming out at between $264 and $589, it would make a tonne of sense. 

We’ve also seen Intel's previous gen CPUs already get a bit of a sale (opens in new tab) leading up to Black Friday. With the epic sales event of the year on the horizon, it could be that all these price changes are temporary, or we may even see more price cuts in the coming weeks. 

Hope Corrigan
Hardware Writer

Hope’s been writing about games for about a decade, starting out way back when on the Australian Nintendo fan site Vooks.net. Since then, she’s talked far too much about games and tech for publications such as Techlife, Byteside, IGN, and GameSpot. Of course there’s also here at PC Gamer, where she gets to indulge her inner hardware nerd with news and reviews. You can usually find Hope fawning over some art, tech, or likely a wonderful combination of them both and where relevant she’ll share them with you here. When she’s not writing about the amazing creations of others, she’s working on what she hopes will one day be her own. You can find her fictional chill out ambient far future sci-fi radio show/album/listening experience podcast (opens in new tab) right here.

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