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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Deal: Lowest Price Ever for Flagship CPU

Ryzen 9 5950X
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The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is one of the leading desktop processors that you can purchase today, which is why is has spent considerable time on our Best CPU for gaming list. Though Intel's new Intel Core i9-12900K beats it on some benchmarks, the Ryzen 9 5950X still packs a mighty punch with 16 cores and 32 threads of Zen 3 goodness. This chip is in great demand among power users who game or use heavily-threaded applications such as those for 3D rendering.

The Ryzen 9 5950X has a $799 MSRP and is usually on sale for around $750. However, eBay is currently selling the flagship Zen 3 desktop processor at an all-time low price of $679. If you can't get it or prefer not to get it from eBay, Newegg also has the 5950X for $719. In addition, if you have a Micro Center nearby, you can save an additional $20 at a price of $699.99. In other words, these are among the best CPU deals that we've seen so far.

Ryzen 9 5950X: was $799, now $679 at eBay

Ryzen 9 5950X: was $799, now $679 at eBay
The Ryzen 9 5950X is a flagship multi-core beast with 16 Zen 3 cores, running at a 3.4 GHz base clock and 4.9 GHz boost clock. This chip is handles gaming and productivity tasks with ease with comparably low power draw versus the competition from Intel.

While the Ryzen 9 5950X is one of the best CPUs for gaming, it's also a beast in productivity tasks thanks to its solid multi-threaded performance. The processor has a base clock of 3.4 GHz and features a maximum boost frequency of 4.9 GHz. Built on TSMC's 7nm FinFET process node, it has 8MB of L2 cache and a staggering 64MB of L3 cache. Despite its overachieving specs, the Ryzen 9 5950X has a relatively tame TDP of just 105 watts.

The Ryzen 9 5950X still sets the bar extremely high for desktop processor power efficiency compared to the computing Core i9-12900K but comes up short regarding pricing. Even with its new low price of $699 at Micro Center, the Ryzen 9 5950X is still over $100 more expensive than the $589 Core i9-12900K. However, that price difference can be easily erased when you factor in the costs of high-end Z690 motherboards and DDR5 memory modules (if you want the best performance). 

In any case, the Ryzen 9 5950X remains a standout flagship processor that pairs nicely with the best X570 motherboards available on the market. With the potent combination, you'll have a rig that will be just as capable of handling the most demanding AAA games (when hooked up with one of the best GPUs) as it is tackling productivity tasks.

Best AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Deals

These are the best prices on the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X right now.

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Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware. He has written about PC and Mac tech since the late 1990s with bylines at AnandTech, DailyTech, and Hot Hardware. When he is not consuming copious amounts of tech news, he can be found enjoying the NC mountains or the beach with his wife and two sons.

  • hokierif
    ... It's $699 @Microcenter
    https://www.microcenter.com/product/630282/amd-ryzen-9-5950x-vermeer-34ghz-16-core-am4-boxed-processor-heatsink-not-included
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  • VforV
    Yeah, these price cuts for Zen3 are great. No wonder Alder Lake is not selling as good as intel wanted/expected...
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  • Co BIY
    Alder Lake has to be really getting hurt by the DDR5 situation ...
    Shortages
    Higher Prices
    Small advantage over DDR4
    Most Motherboard manufacturers chose to focus on DDR5 boards so I don't see many DDR4 options available.
    The only real advantage for intel right now is at least it has IGP. If I'm trying to create a new build but can't get a graphics card AMD is not an option at the high end.
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  • TommyTwoTone66
    The Intel chips are selling out at full price while the AMD chips are getting deep discounts and are still widely available.
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  • VforV
    TommyTwoTone66 said:
    The Intel chips are selling out at full price while the AMD chips are getting deep discounts and are still widely available.
    Intel selling at full price since it's new, yet I see full stocks everywhere, which means people don't buy it like it's hot.

    Zen3 dropped in price after 1 year, guess what? Every Zen CPU dropped after 1 year, each generation, nothing new here, it was expected.

    I don't see the supposed positive take on the Alder Lake sales, or the negative take on the Zen3 sales...
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  • TerryLaze
    VforV said:
    Intel selling at full price since it's new, yet I see full stocks everywhere, which means people don't buy it like it's hot.
    Or intel has their own fabs meaning they can just produce enough inventory before releasing a product instead of making "paper launches" and dripping out units whenever they can get some.
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  • wifiburger
    what a garbage deal, the sale price has been ~around 760$ for like a year

    a whole 60$ savings for 1 year old cpu, and even then 12900 is newer and 150$ less
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  • spongiemaster
    TerryLaze said:
    Or intel has their own fabs meaning they can just produce enough inventory before releasing a product instead of making "paper launches" and dripping out units whenever they can get some.
    This, as well as there being no DDR5 at any of the major US online retailers. If you can't buy memory, you aren't going to be buying a CPU. Even still, 12900k is not available from 1st party sellers.
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  • VforV
    $589 Core i9-12900K
    Where exactly is that price available to buy from?

    I could not find it not even close on Amazon or newegg... and it's $649 at Microcenter. I call this $589 price BS.

    So it's actually 5950X at $699 vs 12900k at $649, now that's a nice dilemma to have. Great price competition and Alder Lake is not the easy choice in this situation, not at all.

    These are the real lowest prices:
    wifiburger said:
    what a garbage deal, the sale place as been ~around 760$ for like a year

    a whole 60$ savings for 1 year old cpu, and even then 12900 is newer and 150$ less
    You think that's a garbage deal? 5950X is still 790 euro in lots of EU shops, in all of them, I just checked now... maybe somewhere is cheaper, but not from where I can buy.

    So $699 at MC looks like a steal.

    Also, this is a halo product, like the 3090, it does not need to make sense price wise, it's not for people like me who like price / perf conscious buying. Maybe not for you either...
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  • sizzling
    Unfortunately we are not seeing good deals in the UK. The 5900X has some BF deals listings £449 but offers at this price have happened several times already so nothing noteworthy for BF. Before the BF deal it’s generally 460-470 recently so not much of saving.
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