|AMD's 12-core Ryzen 3900X Hits Lowest Price Ever on Amazon |
By Jeremy Laird March 16, 2020
$80 off AMD's latest Zen 2-based CPU
AMD's third-generation Ryzen 3000 chips have been a smash hit. Now, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is seeing one of the best tech deals with its lowest ever price on Amazon. The CPU is currently selling for $80 off for a grand total of $418.89.
This may the best chip for you in the Ryzen 3000 line-up. As noted in our Ryzen 9 3900X review, with 12 CPU cores and 24 threads there's plenty of parallelism on offer. Likewise, the 4.6 GHz boost clock, plus the sheer grunt of AMD's Zen 2 architecture, on which all Ryzen 3000 chips are based, makes for huge single-threaded performance.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: was $499, now $419 @ Amazon
This is surely all the desktop CPU you're going to need for the foreseeable future: 12 AMD Zen 2 cores and 24 threads running at 4.6 GHz. Compatible with AMD's cost-effective AM4 socket, the 3900X is a killer CPU and a sound long-term investment. This is the lowest price we've seen this chip sell for on Amazon. View Deal
There are more powerful Ryzen processors. The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X packs 16 cores and 32 threads but is also well over $700. That goes even more so for AMD's Threadripper chips; they're insanely powerful but also hugely expensive. And that's just for the chips themselves -- motherboards for Threadripper processors cost a pretty penny too.
To put the 3900X in a long-term gaming context, Microsoft recently revealed that the upcoming Xbox Series X console will pack eight AMD Zen 2 cores running at 3.8 GHz. So the 3900X is substantially more powerful than the highest spec version of Microsoft's next-gen console that isn't out until later this year.
Similarly, with support for PCIe 4.0, the 3900X is nicely future-proofed for graphics cards. This retail boxed version of the 3900X also comes with AMD's Wraith Prism RGB cooler to slightly sweeten the deal.