China’s mid-year 618 shopping festival (held on the 18th of June) is easily the largest e-commerce event in the world. JD.com and Alibaba have announced that this year the two platforms generated more than $136 billion USD in just one day, thanks to the 6/18 shopping festival, making it the world’s largest shopping event, of all time. JD has reported that its total transaction volume reached 269.2 billion yuan ($37.99 billion USD), an increase of over 33 percent from last year, while Alibaba says Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) during this year’s 6/18 festival exceeded 698 billion yuan. These results dwarf the record 268.4 billion yuan generated on the platform during last year’s 11/11 Singles’ Day shopping extravaganza.
China also happens to one of the world’s largest markets for just about everything, including computer hardware. Taking this into account, AMD registered a major win, holding four out of the top five positions in the list of bestselling processors over at JD.com during the festival. The Ryzen 5 5600X came in at #1 with a price of 2,300 Yuan or $370, followed by the Ryzen 7 5800X which was sold for 3,199 Yuan or $494. It looks like, despite the ongoing shortages, AMD was able to supply an abundant stock of Zen 3 processors to major Chinese retailers for the festival.
While the 5600X and 5800X mostly sold for retail (or close to retail) prices, the Ryzen 9 5900X was priced well over the MSRP at 4,999 Yuan ($772). Despite this, the twelve-core Ryzen 5000 part managed to beat Intel’s nearest Rocket Lake-S competitor, the Core i7-11700K which came in fifth. The fourth position was snatched up by the ASUS TUF B550M-Plus WiFi/Ryzen 5 5600X combo. Not bad at all.