AMD’s long-awaited Ryzen 5000 line of processors has finally launched, and like the RTX 3000 launch before it, the CPUs sold out almost instantly at launch. Unlike Nvidia with its RTX 3000 graphics card, though, AMD quickly promised more stock to come soon. That's already come to fruition for lots of the Ryzen 5000 line, though the situation differs from chip to chip.
Also, different stores all have different approaches to selling AMD’s hottest new processors. Since we might see even more stock coming in the future, let’s run through America’s major component retailers to get you ready to buy AMD's new chips as soon as they become available again.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: Where to Buy
US Ryzen 5 5600X resellers at a glance: eBay
The Ryzen 5 5600X is the most affordable of the Ryzen 5000 processors and has 6 cores/12 threads of power with base/boost speeds of 3.7/4.6 GHz and a 35MB cache. It’s also the only Ryzen 5000 CPU to come with an included Wraith Stealth cooler, as AMD no longer packs coolers with CPUs that draw over 65W in power. At $299, it was easy for bots to snatch up at launch without much of an overhead cost, but that low price also means that customers who just can’t wait to buy a 5600X processor new might be more willing to eat the still-affordable aftermarket markup.
So, if you must buy a Ryzen 5 5600X right now and you’re not concerned about supporting scalpers, then eBay markups are currently sitting at around $50. That still makes the total price for the chip an affordable $350, which is about as much as you can currently expect to spend on the 8 core/16 thread and 2.9/4.8 GHz Intel Core i7-10700. Alternately, the last-gen Ryzen 5 3600X is currently $240 on Amazon.
If you want to wait to buy a Ryzen 5 5600X without going through a scalper, however, then your options are more limited. Amazon and Newegg currently have this processor in stock, but quantity is small and other items are bundled into its listings. B&H and Best Buy currently have it up for sale on its own, though.
Microcenter also has stock, but it's limited depending on location and can only be purchased in-store. You can check if your local store has stock here.
Be wary when checking stock on Amazon and Newegg, though. Among the official listings, there's also inflated prices from third party sellers.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X: Where to Buy
US Ryzen 7 5800X resellers at a glance: eBay
The Ryzen 7 5800X is, according to numbers from Scan UK, what might be the most popular Ryzen 5000 series chip (although that’s only one retailer). Its 8 core/ 16 thread core count and 3.8 / 4.7 GHz base / boost clock make it an appealing choice given its $449 price point, not to mention its 36MB cache.
Unfortunately, its higher price point compared to the 5600X might make it a little too unsettling to buy with an aftermarket markup. eBay currently shows markups hovering around $60 - 100 for the 5800X, which puts the total aftermarket price at around $510 - $550 depending on your listing.
Official retailers, of course, have the more reasonable price, but stock is less reliable. Currently, Amazon, BH, Best Buy and Newegg actually have the processor in stock. But note that Amazon and Newegg are also showing price-inflated options from third party sellers next to official listing pages, so be careful when checking them.
Microcenter has limited availability in some stores, but you can only buy your processor in person. You can check your local store for stock here.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X: Where to Buy
US Ryzen 9 5900X resellers at a glance: eBay
The Ryzen 9 5900X is where the Ryzen 5000 CPU series starts to get premium. It’s got 12 cores/ 24 threads and 3.7 / 4.8 GHz clock speeds all for $549. It’s also got a 70MB cache, as opposed to the 35 and 36MB caches on the 5600X and 5800X, respectively.
The 5900X is also where aftermarket markups start to get ludicrous. As of this writing, the cheapest eBay listing for the CPU currently sits at $820, which indicates a $270 base markup.
This means you’ll probably want to buy from an official retailer. And you're in luck, because Newegg and B&H actually have stock! Amazon and Best Buy are both still sold out right now, though.
Microcenter is promising limited in-store availability depending on location. You can check your local store here.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X: Where to Buy
US Ryzen 9 5950X resellers at a glance: eBay
Finally, the Ryzen 9 5950X is the most premium Ryzen 5000 CPU available. It’s got 16 cores / 32 threads and clock speeds of 3.4 / 4.9 GHz, plus a 72MB cache. All of that will run you $799, though, and that’s not including reseller markups.
eBay markups for the 5950X are currently hovering between $270 and $801, so buying this processor aftermarket is only really recommended if money is no concern (and you don’t mind supporting scalpers).
For the rest of us, we're actually in luck. Newegg and B&H both have stock! Amazon and Best Buy are out of supply, though.
Microcenter's stock depends on your location, which you can check here.
Again, AMD is promising more Ryzen 5000 CPU stock to come in soon. Bots might eat that up first as well, but hopefully now you’re a little more prepared to strike as soon as it comes in.