Update 4/7/2023 6:05 am PT: AMD reached out to clarify that the $100 discount listed on the company's 'shop' tab, which shows the lowest price available from various r/etailers, had incorrectly scraped Best Buy's price for the Ryzen 9 7950X3D at $100 less than the actual price of $699. The remainder of the prices listed below are accurate, but any products selling below AMD's existing MSRP are the result of promotions, not an official price reduction from AMD.
AMD's webshop has listed discounted prices on some of its best CPUs for gaming, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D and Ryzen 9 7900X3D processors, for up to $100 at its store. As mentioned above, this is in error for the 7950X3D, but other AMD processors can be found for a discount through the portal.
The Ryzen 9 7900X3D can now be had for $549.99 through Microcenter. The new discount comes right after the launch of the $449 Ryzen 7 7800X3D. The Ryzen 7 7800X3D just debuted yesterday at an MSRP of $449, and we found that it beats out the more expensive Ryzen 9 7950X3D and 7900X3D in raw gaming performance, while being substantially cheaper.
The Ryzen 9 7900X3D gets a $50 price promotion, dropping from $599.99 to $549.99. With its promotional pricing, the 7900X3D is now positioned $100 higher than the vanilla Ryzen 9 7900X, which is discounted at $449.99 currently (the same price as the 7800X3D).
You can also find a broad list of other AMD processors selling at discounts in the table below, with links to the various retailers also located inside the table.
Microcenter is currently offering the 7900X3D chip for $549.99 US. The chip also has a $10-$15 US discount on other US-based retailers such as Amazon and Newegg.Ryzen 9 7950X3D (AMD Shop US) - $599.99 USRyzen 9 7900X3D (AMD Shop US) - $549.99 USRyzen 9 7900X3D (Microcenter) - $549.99 USRyzen 9 7900X3D (Amazon US) - $586.81 USRyzen 9 7900X3D (Newegg US) - $588.99 USMicrocenter retailer is also offering small discounts on the rest of the AMD Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPU family but these are only available for an in-store pickup, but the price cut seems to be very less:Ryzen 7 7700 - $319.99 US ($10 US Off)Ryzen 5 7600 - $219.99 US ($10 US Off)
$450 on a 7800X3D
$550 on a 7900X3D
$600 on a 7950X3D
Compared to $320 for a 13600K or $335 for a 5800X3D, especially if you don't have an RTX 4090 and/or don't play at 1920x1080.
For me it is easier to justify than to spend big on a smartphone or car. And I don't have a 4090, and I play at 1440p, so I know I wouldn't get a nominal FPS boost as in the chart. There are also other issues though, such as crowd density in open world games, and strategy and simulation games, where a CPU has some work to do which isn't only directly about FPS. (And in particular 13600K seems to consume more power for less performance, which is technically a cost factor as well.)
But sure, when someone plays just e.g. CS:GO now and then, such runs well enough even with older (and cheaper) hardware. And with a limited budget it sure may make sense to go e.g. for AM4 and spend a bit more on GPU instead.
Don't just believe me, take a look for yourself.
Two words: electric bill. I don't need a 300+ watt Intel space heater raising my electric bill even higher than it is now.
The money I'll save now and in the future on electricity will justify the high AMD price alone.
So let's compare the i5-13600K to the Ryzen 7800X3D in terms of power consumption. Going by what TechPowerUp got in its numbers, the average power consumption across 12 games was 49W for the 7800X3D and 89W for the i5-13600K. Let's just put these in isolation for now, because the motherboard is a factor that can't be the same between them. So using just this number, the Intel chip has a power consumption factor of 1.816x
Let's say in a given week, you play games for about 30 hours. And then just say there's 4 weeks for a month.
If we went by the most expensive electricity rate in the US, that would be Hawaii at $0.49 per kilowatt-hour. So it would cost you $2.88/mo to run the AMD CPU, $5.23/mo to run the Intel CPU. It would take you about 55 months, or 4.58 years to break even.
If we went by the average electricity rate in the US, that would be $0.1372 per kilowatt-hour. So it would cost you $0.81/mo to run the AMD CPU, $1.47/mo to run the Intel CPU. It would take you about 197 months, or 16.4 years to break even.
If you happen to live in Nebraska with the cheapest rate of about $0.0935 per kilowatt-hour, well, I'm pretty sure you'd long forgotten about your PC before it had a chance to break even.The only thing that this may negatively impact is the temperature of your room, but I doubt 89W is really going to make that much of a difference vs 49W. And if you have to run the AC longer... well if you're in Hawaii, you're probably running the thing most of the day anyway.
Also I think the funny thing here is this is the same argument that people made for buying Intel over the AMD FX chips.
EDIT: Before any one wants to go "well ackshually" on my numbers, this is a simplified example and I can't be bothered to account for when you use your computer for your use case and if you have something like different electric rates depending on the time of day.
If you want to crunch your own numbers, go right ahead.