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 cards, 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, including AMD's own store. 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
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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. With a $299 MSRP, it was easy for bots to snatch up at launch without much of an overhead cost, but stock has since heavily recovered.
The Ryzen 5 5600X is currently in stock at most stores, including Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, B&H and even AMD's own website. It's also on sale at some sites, with the cheapest price we could find being $272 at Amazon and Newegg.
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 MSRP, not to mention its 36MB cache.
Luckily, this CPU is currently in stock at most stores. It's also on sale at many stores, with its cheapest price right now being $394 at Amazon.
AMD also has stock if you want to buy directly, but you won't get any discounts.
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.
Among official retailers, the Ryzen 9 5900X is technically only in stock at AMD's own store right now. Antonline does have Amazon and Newegg third-party listings for it, though, but the Amazon listing is $10 more than the ones on Newegg or AMD's own site.
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 comes at a $799 MSRP.
All the usual official retailers currently have this chip in stock, aside from Amazon. They're also all selling it for $749, aside from AMD's own store, which is still keeping the $799 pricing.
Microcenter's stock depends on your location, which you can check here.
Even with the overall better stock situation, 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 new deals come in.
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Posted more than 2 days after they were all out of stock everywhere. GG THG.Reply
Better idea: Don't. Supply will level out eventually, and every person chasing a part right now just adds to the madness.Reply
If you use Chrome, get the extension "Auto Refresh Plus - ARP". You can set it to refresh the page every 30 seconds, and look for text and when it finds it sound an alarm. For amazon I would look for "Add to cart" for example. Other sites the keywords change some. This is how I managed to get mine ordered, though it is set to deliver 11/30.Reply
What's even the point of having a UK/CA/AU version of the site if you can't even be bothered to switch store links in your articles...?Reply
Most of Neweggs notify links are broken and they don't even have some for most of the rising CPUs and a lot of the RTX 3080s etc don't even have an auto notify. And even when they work they're gone by the time you click on them.Reply
Microcenter site shows me whether something is in stock in my designated store.Reply
It's not, but it tells me...lol
So basically, eBay.Reply
I was on multiple sites at launch and thought I'd struck lucky with Scan as I got through the process (slowly), but one buggy refresh required on the basket.Reply
That buggy refresh cost me and I ended up getting a pre-order. I've now received my position of about 400 in the queue. Not sure that's far enough to get one when the next batch comes in :/
It'll happen all over again for the new graphics cards!
Loadedaxe said:So basically, eBay.
Never buy price scalped items on eBay, it only fuels their greed.
Just wait a few weeks when gougers realize they will never sell their stock and they take a hit to their empty wallets.
Bergman's comments to theStreet indicate tsm wafer starts are tight. AMD likely has contractual obligations for the big monolithic game console chips...Reply