Who would have thought we would see the day where an octa-core processor sells for below the $200 mark? Well, ahead of Black Friday deals (opens in new tab), AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X has dropped down to $190. That's an easy $140 off its normal price and the lowest price this CPU has ever been.
The Ryzen 7 2700X comes rocking eight cores (opens in new tab), 16 threads (opens in new tab)and 16MB of L3 cache (opens in new tab). It's one of those processors that is both adept at serious workloads and gaming. The Ryzen 7 2700X runs with a 3.7 GHz base clock speed (opens in new tab) but boasts a boost clock that climbs up to 4.3 GHz. Being an unlocked processor, you can even overclock the Ryzen 7 2700X for some extra performance.
On the expansion side, the Ryzen 7 2700X includes up to 16 PCIe 3.0 (opens in new tab) lanes for discrete graphics cards and four PCIe 3.0 lanes for NVMe storage. The processor officially supports dual-channel DDR4 memory (opens in new tab) kits up to 2,933 MHz.
The Ryzen 7 2700X has a 105W TDP (thermal design power) and comes with a Wraith Prism LED CPU cooler, which is more than capable of keeping the processor's operating temperature in check. However, if you plan on overclocking the chip, we highly recommend you purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler (opens in new tab).
Should You Buy This CPU?
Be sure to check out our in-depth AMD Ryzen 7 2700X review (opens in new tab) before opening your wallet for this deal. You can also review our CPU buying guide (opens in new tab)for help with your decision. To see where this processor ranks among others currently available, including from rival Intel, check out our CPU hierarchy page (opens in new tab). And for other CPUs we love, see the best cheap CPUs (opens in new tab), our favorite gaming CPUs (opens in new tab) and favorite CPUs for productivity performance (opens in new tab).