We’re seeing big discounts on AMD’s recently released Ryzen 7000 processors for Black Friday, with very big discounts on the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X and more modest price cuts on the 7900X, 7700X and 7600X. All four are now much cheaper than they used to be. At launch, and with similar discounts for DDR5 RAM and AM5 motherboards, it’s time to build a new Ryzen 7000 PC.
First, here’s the sale in the US, via Amazon, where we’re seeing a huge price drop from the 7950X to the 7600X.
… And similar (albeit less steep) discounts are available in the UK, where Ebuyer is offering discounts on the full range of Ryzen 7000 processors.
I recommend the 7950X for those interested in content creation, since its high core and thread count are a godsend for tasks like 3D rendering or video transcoding, while the 7600X, 7700X, and 7900X all make good cases for themselves as gaming-focused CPUs that provide Increasing degrees of suitability for multithreaded tasks as their core counts increase. The 7700X is the star for me, as it sidesteps some of the multi-chip issues in the latest Windows 11, delivering maximum gaming performance at a lower price than the 7900X or 7950X, but all four chips make sense at (reduced) price points.
So why are these CPUs worth considering anyway? Well, the Ryzen 7000 launched to warm reviews back in September, including from the likes of Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry — well, that byline sounds familiar. While the Ryzen chips have yet to get a fair shake on the good ship’s RPS, the general response has been pretty clear: These are very good processors, offering a huge performance boost over the Ryzen 5000 thanks to the new 5nm process, higher clock frequencies and increased power usage. The chips also include niceties like an upgraded 6nm I/O die, fully integrated graphics (something only Ryzen APUs like the 5600G are afforded), PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support.
The only real negatives beyond the Ryzen 7000 had to do with their high asking prices—which these Black Friday sales go some way to resolving—and the simultaneous appearance of 13th-generation Intel Core processors, which allowed Team Blue to reclaim the performance crown at the top end. However, the Ryzen 7000 is more affordable today than ever before, thanks in part to lower prices for DDR5 and AM5 motherboards, which makes it a much more attractive platform than it was a few short months ago.
Overall, the Ryzen 7000 is well worth the upgrade, and if you’re coming from a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd generation Ryzen system—or a similar older Intel platform—you’ll see a huge performance boost after upgrading to one of the best gaming CPUs, especially in games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Flight Simulator 2020 which load the CPU heavily.
As always, the biggest gains will come at 1080p, but with so many technologies like DLSS, FSR 2, and XeSS running at lower internal resolutions even with 1440p or 4K output, you’ll be more CPU-limited than you might have been a few years ago.
Anyway, I hope this deal was helpful, and if you have any questions or comments feel free to share them below!