The Black Friday sales season is here! The best deals are often not on Amazon. The prices shown below are the best available now, though you may need to buy quickly as some deals will sell out.
The Ryzen 5000 Series is out now. AMD's latest desktop processors are the first to take advantage of the new Zen 3 architecture that was announced alongside it.
They offer some big upgrades of their predecessors, including a higher frequency, more instructions per clock (IPC) and lower latency. AMD also claims the high-end chips will offer up to 2.8x the clock speeds.
Unlike Ryzen 4000 series of laptop processors, these are designed to be bought as standalone components. If you have a desktop PC with modern internals, it's likely you'll be able to replace your processor with one from the Ryzen 5000 series. Once you've checked that the new chips are compatible with your hardware, here are the best places to pick one up.
When was the Ryzen 5000 Series released?
AMD announced the Ryzen 5000 series at an online event on 8 October. All four new processors were then released globally on 5 November.
How much does the Ryzen 5000 Series cost?
There are four processors that make up the Ryzen 5000 series, each at a different price point. As you'd expect, the best performance is available on the most expensive chips:
- Ryzen 9 5950X - £735.84/US$799
- Ryzen 9 5900X - £505.61US$549
- Ryzen 7 5800X - £413.51/US$449
- Ryzen 5 5600X - £275.36/US$299
Where to buy the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series
- CCL Computers
- Fierce PC
- PC Specialist
- B&H Photo Video
- Computer Upgrade King
- Cybertron PC
- EK Fluid Gaming
- Falcon NW
- Micro Center
- Origin PC
- Puget Systems
- Velocity Micro
However, in the days following release stock has been selling out or running low at a number of retailers. AMD says there will be 'a lot more stock soon', but denied it was a so-called 'paper launch', where a product is released in extremely limited quantities:
There's a big difference between a "paper launch" and shipping tons of units but demand exceeds supply.— Frank Azor (@AzorFrank) November 8, 2020
As such, we're expecting stock to be replenished at a number of the retailers listed above in the near future. If you haven't been able to get your hands on the Ryzen 5000 series yet, we'd encourage you to stay patient.
AMD also recently announced the Radeon RX6000 Series of GPUs. Here's all you need to know about the so-called 'Big Navi' range.