AMD’s Ryzen 7 7800X3D, the best CPU for a gaming PC, is just $368

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Want to build the fastest gaming PC that you can think of? Then one part in particular that you might want to consider when making a list of desired components is the 7800X3D CPU from AMD. It's not only a fast CPU in general but also the fastest CPU for gaming right now thanks to its large 96MB L3 3D V-cache design.

The AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D uses the Zen 4 architecture and packs 8 cores and 16 threads. The base operating speed clocks in at 4.2GHz, but with max boost enabled, it can reach up to 5.0GHz. At Amazon and a few other retailers, you can add the AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D to your build for $368, not the cheapest it's ever been, but on a steady decline from a recent high.

When the 7800X3D was originally released it was up against Intel's Core i9-13900K -  able to outperform this chip a staggering 40% in some titles, and even with the latest 14th-Gen CPUs available, the 7800X3D remains the fastest CPU for gaming. If you'd like to see our testing and benchmarks then take a look at our CPU hierarchy - where we test the latest CPUs on a variety of benchmarks and tests to see how the processors perform under different conditions and are then able to compare them against each other. 

AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D CPU: now $368 at Amazon Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Cache: L2 8MB, L3 96MB
Core Clock: 4.2 GHz
Boost Clock: 5 GHz

AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D CPU: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45723&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fdp%2FB0BTZB7F88%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">now $368 at Amazon (was $449)

Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Cache: L2 8MB, L3 96MB
Core Clock: 4.2 GHz
Boost Clock: 5 GHz


The fastest gaming CPU you can buy for pure gaming has 8 cores, 16 threads, and a 5-GHz boost clock. However, the real star of the show is its 96MB of 3D V-Cache.

See our <a href="https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-7-7800x3d-cpu-review" data-link-merchant="tomshardware.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">7800X3D review for more.

To use AMD's Ryzen 7 7800X3D you need an AM5 socket motherboard plus, the faster DDR5 RAM with the sweet spot being the 6000 MHz sticks. Combining these parts with a good cooling solution and powerful graphics card will give you a blisteringly fast gaming PC on the latest AMD AM5 platform, that should last for years to come. 

Stewart Bendle
Deals Writer

Stewart Bendle is a deals and coupon writer at Tom's Hardware. A firm believer in “Bang for the buck” Stewart likes to research the best prices and coupon codes for hardware and build PCs that have a great price for performance ratio.

  • scottslayer
    Call me when its below the $358 it was at all throughout November and December
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  • scottsoapbox
    Pass.
    Waiting on the 9800X3D before I update my 5800X3D.
    Reply
  • TacticalTushie
    I returned mine. Absolute junk. A couple more fps is not worth all the other am5 shortcomings.
    Reply
  • ingtar33
    scottslayer said:
    Call me when its below the $358 it was at all throughout November and December
    It's price is dropping because AMD should be launching Zen5 in the next 30-60 days. and when it does I suspect that chip won't be close to the fastest gaming chip on the market anymore.
    Reply
  • ingtar33
    TacticalTushie said:
    I returned mine. Absolute junk. A couple more fps is not worth all the other am5 shortcomings.
    care to elaborate?
    Reply
  • ohio_buckeye
    ingtar33 said:
    It's price is dropping because AMD should be launching Zen5 in the next 30-60 days. and when it does I suspect that chip won't be close to the fastest gaming chip on the market anymore.

    Maybe the price drops about 100 bucks when zen 5 comes out, which would definitely make it a decent buy.
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