Tuesday, April 19th 2022

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core Processor Now Down to $520-550

AMD's current generation flagship desktop processor, the Ryzen 9 5950X, can be had for a steal, with prices now ranging between $520 and $550. Prices of the 16-core/32-thread processor based on the "Zen 3" microarchitecture, have been on a sharp decline since the launch of the Core i9-12900K "Alder Lake," falling from the $750 launch price to $600 in early-March, with current (late-April) prices looking like $549 on Amazon, and $519 on the venerable MicroCenter website, with even lower prices expected in-store. At $520-550, prices of the 5950X would compare with the Core i9-12900 (non-K), but still be higher than the $385 Core i7-12700K. The 12-core/24-thread Ryzen 9 5900X can be had for $399 on Newegg.
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40 Comments on AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core Processor Now Down to $520-550

#1
TheinsanegamerN
Earlier this week the prices were lower, grabbed the 5900x for $370. the 5950x was $500 for a breif moment.
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#2
The King
I seen the 5900X go for $299 on Newegg last week. Thats what the 5600X goes for locally. :p
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#3
ZoneDymo
gotta love those brief moments of competition
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#4
DeathtoGnomes
Question is: will the prices remain at this level? Will we see actual sale prices if they do remain current?
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AnarchoPrimitiv
damn, I have a 2700x right now, and I was going to wait for Zen4 to be released to buy a Zen3 CPU (probably 5900x, though I'm kind of thinking a 5700x would probably be fine, I do some content creation and 3d modeling, but not to earn money, so I'm sure even though I'm not increasing my core count, the IPC increase between Zen+ and Zen3 will be very noticeable.
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#6
TheinsanegamerN
AnarchoPrimitivdamn, I have a 2700x right now, and I was going to wait for Zen4 to be released to buy a Zen3 CPU (probably 5900x, though I'm kind of thinking a 5700x would probably be fine, I do some content creation and 3d modeling, but not to earn money, so I'm sure even though I'm not increasing my core count, the IPC increase between Zen+ and Zen3 will be very noticeable.
I wouldnt wait, when the 5000 series came out the 3000 series didnt get cheaper, they just dried up completely instead. The name of the game now is limited availability. Old tech just doesnt depreciate anymore.

If you find a chip you want, snag it. the jump from zen+ to zen 3 is very noticeable, especially in 1% lows, and anything production related it will be night and day.
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#7
Durvelle27
kinda tempted to get this to replace my 5800X or just wait for AM5
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#8
DeathtoGnomes
just looked on amazon a 5900X - $349, but 5950x is still $549
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#9
TheDeeGee
The KingI seen the 5900X go for $299 on Newegg last week. Thats what the 5600X goes for locally. :p
Probably repacked with bent pins.
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#10
freeagent
TheDeeGeeProbably repacked with bent pins.
That is why I will only buy certain pc components from Amazon, way too many horror story’s on net. Good ones too of course, but I am not into gambling :)
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#11
Lenne
S.T.A.R.S.
Lowest prices looks like 450EUR for 5900X and 630EUR for 5950X here in Finland
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#13
Tomgang
So now 5950X is just a discount product :cry:. It felt like not long ago it was the fastest and best cpu out thereo_O.

Just kidding, I still love my 5950X and it still packs a push on heavy workloads and games it handles to perfection for my needs. Besides 5950X is a great upgrade option for people on AM4 socket specifically now with the old 300 series chipset board supporting Zen 3. Replacing example a 1800X with 5950X, will not only give a massive boost in games, but also a healthy boost for heavy workloads. For games alone, 5950X is off cause still not recommended. But for those that have a first gen ryzen cpu and need much more power for both games and workloads, It a sweet upgrade with out the need for new ram and motherboard.
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#15
freeagent
I still want one, but I cannot justify it..

Well I can but I will get in trouble :laugh:
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#16
Chrispy_
It was kind of a bargain at $749 tbh. Sure, it wasn't cheap but it ran circles around any of the Threadrippers in terms of performance/$. If you need quad channel there's a good argument for needing 8 channels and you can get an EPYC 1P server for that, they're not even as expensive as the high-end Threadrippers.

At $550, the 5950X is kind of insane right now. If you're in the "need way more cores than most people" game, it's hard not to understate how cheap AM4 is compared to other options, and even a $300 motherboard is an absolute bargain compared to anything with a TR4 or SP3 socket. Don't get me wrong, dual-channel memory has its limits but you can comfortably run the IMC of a 5950X at 3800MHz because only top-bin silicon makes it into those CPUs; I do *not* overclock render boxes for production workloads, but to validate memory stability at the 3600CL17 I run the renderboxes at, I Memtest86 them with the only kit of Trident Royal I've ever purchased - DDR4-4000 C18 and a 2000MHz FCLK and very few of the 5950X fail to achieve that at stock settings. If you can assume that 5950X will all hit 2GHz FCLK, possibly with some tweaking, then you've got an almost-guaranteed amount of bandwidth that is encroaching on server-grade quad-channel setups running ECC.
freeagentI still want one, but I cannot justify it..
Over your 5900X, it's hard to justify the upgrade.

We buy 5950X for rendernodes as it's the most cores you can cram into an AM4 socket, but all of our workstations are now 3900X or 5900X because they absolutely wafflestomped everything else in terms of cores/overall platform cost at the time of purchase. I don't think even a $550 5950X changes that because I've seen that down at $370.
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#17
freeagent
I just wanted that top single core boost.. I am a little greedy like that.. but I have no use for the extra cores. Even my 5900X is beastly for me. My old 5600X is still ok for me..
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#18
Tigger
I'm the only one
ARFThe Ryzen 9 5950X is still the fastest PC x86-64 processor out there.


Core i9 12900K processor review - Performance - Content Creation Blender (guru3d.com)

For more benches look at the review - follow the link..
Look at the gaming benches though. 12900k top in all at all 3 resolutions. 5950x is the best for non gaming, otherwise it is the 5800X3D/12900k, so for all round gaming/General use the 12900k wins, for more gaming the 5800X3D. The 12900k is probably cheaper than the 5950x too ( i could be wrong on this )
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#19
Chrispy_
freeagentI just wanted that top single core boost.. I am a little greedy like that.. but I have no use for the extra cores. Even my 5900X is beastly for me. My old 5600X is still ok for me..
I picked a 5800X as a personal purchase for that very reason. I know it's only 4.7Ghz on paper but because its single CCD has a very high chance of being binned, flawless silicon from the center of the silicon wafer, it's likely to be faster than advertised and with the advantage that PBO is the great equaliser.

Turns out my 5800X boosts to 4.8 without PBO at stock TDP. I was going to clock the snot out of it but it seems to be silly-efficient at that speed and why ruin a good thing? Sample size of one, YMMV etc...
TiggerLook at the gaming benches though. 12900k top in all at all 3 resolutions. 5950x is the best for non gaming, otherwise it is the 5800X3D/12900k, so for all round gaming/General use the 12900k wins, for more gaming the 5800X3D. The 12900k is probably cheaper than the 5950x too ( i could be wrong on this )
If you bought a 5950X just for gaming you're an idiot who ignored pretty much all the advice and every review ever made of the damn thing. Probably same reason you bought an i7 instead of an i9, it's the smarter gaming purchase.
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#20
Tigger
I'm the only one
Chrispy_I picked a 5800X as a personal purchase for that very reason. I know it's only 4.7Ghz on paper but because its single CCD has a very high chance of being binned, flawless silicon from the center of the silicon wafer, it's likely to be faster than advertised and with the advantage that PBO is the great equaliser.

Turns out my 5800X boosts to 4.8 without PBO at stock TDP. I was going to clock the snot out of it but it seems to be silly-efficient at that speed and why ruin a good thing? Sample size of one, YMMV etc...


If you bought a 5950X just for gaming you're an idiot who ignored pretty much all the advice and every review ever made of the damn thing.
No one would buy one for gaming, only rich Forum fidiots would to show off. You would go for the best all round CPU which is the 127/900k or 5800X/3D for AMD
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#21
ARF
I never buy a PC processor based on gaming benchmarks. That's probably propaganda generated by the Intel camp because of their interest - their ring bus is good in the unoptimized gaming apps.
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#22
Tigger
I'm the only one
ARFI never buy a PC processor based on gaming benchmarks. That's probably propaganda generated by the Intel camp because of their interest - their ring bus is good in the unoptimized gaming apps.
Gaming is important to some people, and not everyone is you.
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#23
ARF
I don't think so. A good processor should be an all-rounder. And the gaming benches are controversial - if you play at modern 3840x2160, you don't need to follow the processors benches but rather the graphics cards benches.
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#24
Tigger
I'm the only one
ARFI don't think so. A good processor should be an all-rounder. And the gaming benches are controversial - if you play at modern 3840x2160, you don't need to follow the processors benches but rather the graphics cards benches.
Aye i guess so. Good all rounder is the thing though. I'm happy with my PC, will take a look when new Ryzens release though, not adverse to jumping ship at all.
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#25
InVasMani
freeagentI still want one, but I cannot justify it..

Well I can but I will get in trouble :laugh:
You still want it though and I'm sure that never stopped you in the past...just saying once a trouble maker always a trouble maker...justify it!!!
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