AMD’s Ryzen 7 7700X is now cheaper than its lower-tier Intel rival, thanks to a new round of discounts. The octa-core CPU was released last year at an MSRP of $399. Since then, increased competition and reduced demand have forced retailers to slash prices and offer cashback. At the time of reporting, the Ryzen 7 7700X is going for just $305, down $95 from its sticker price of $399.
The Ryzen 5 7600X has an MSRP of $299, and so does the 5600X. The Intel Core i5-13600K is priced at $319, making the 7700X cheaper than its lower-tier Intel rival. That said, the 13600K offers better multi-threaded performance because of the additional E-cores.
If you’re in the market for a high-end gaming CPU, the Ryzen 9 7950X3D is easily the best option. You get a 3D V-Cache CCD for gaming and a second Zen 4 CCD for content creation workloads. Launched at an MSRP of $699, the 7950X3D can now be had for just $557, a discount of nearly $150.
If you’d like something cheaper that still packs a punch, look no further than Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake offerings. The Core i5-12600K is a smidge slower than the Ryzen 7 7700X and can be had for just $189. Similarly, the Core i7-12700KF has been discounted to $209, an excellent gaming CPU right up there with the 7700X.