What just happened? Since its launch in September, AMD’s Zen 4 processors have struggled to sell against Intel’s Raptor Lake due to price and compatibility flaws. Team Red has remedied the situation with massive price cuts around the world, but it’s unclear if these are permanent drops or just holiday deals.
Retailers have slashed the prices of all Zen 4 CPUs this month. Europe and China saw prices drop by nearly 30 percent for all models, while in the United States they fell by nearly 15 percent.
Newegg, Amazon, GameStop, and B&H section About $120 off the 7950X and 7900X. Meanwhile, the 7700X and 7600X are $50 cheaper than they were at launch.
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Ryzen 9 7950X
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cutbacks I started In China earlier this month, Zen 4 CPU prices fell by about a quarter, with the 7950X down 27 percent. Similar drops hit Europe over the weekend, with the flagship processor priced at around €200 Cheaper. In Europe and the United States, these prices may only be for Black Friday, while in China, they may be for Singles’ Day on November 11th.
Reports last month indicated that the Ryzen 7000 was experiencing a problem. That month’s Steam hardware poll brought in more confirmationwith AMD CPU user share Projection against Intel. It’s not hard to see why. If the new pricing holds after the holidays, it will be because of Zen 4 weak sales.
Team Red’s choice to launch a new CPU socket platform with AM5 means that anyone who buys a Zen 4 processor needs a new motherboard. Furthermore, AM5 motherboards only accept the new and expensive DDR5 RAM.
Older Ryzen 5000 CPUs still get the job done for most users, are much cheaper this year, and work with mature AM4 motherboards many users likely already have. The 5800 x 3 d Attractive deal. Raptor Lake, which Intel launched this year, is much more versatile. The company’s 13th generation processors support DDR4 memory but allow users to upgrade to DDR5 whenever they’re ready.
Zen 4 only makes sense for users looking to buy or build a new PC from scratch, but Intel may soon find itself in a similar situation. It is possible that 14th Gen Intel CPUs will move to a new socket platform, which will make this upgrade more expensive. Meanwhile, AMD customers who jump to AM5 now will have an easier time upgrading to the successor to Zen 4. Each customer must judge their upgrade paths individually as vendors move to new sockets.