AMD is finally ready to follow up on its first Ryzen 5000 desktop processors, which were released nearly two years ago. Today, AMD announced pricing and availability for the first wave of Ryzen 7000 CPUs based on the Zen 4 architecture, as well as additional information about the accompanying AM5 platform and the performance boosts that early adopters can expect.
Last year, AMD released the Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 CPUs. Although the processors provided significant performance improvements over previous-generation 3-based Ryzen 5000 chips, they are difficult to obtain due to the need for an AM5 motherboard and DDR5 memory. AMD announced at its Zen 4 unveiling event that budget AM5 boards will begin at US$125.
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To that end, some A620M motherboards have appeared on the Chinese website Goofish. Based on Goofish’s pricing, the boards appear to be reasonably priced. The ASUS TUF GAMING A620M-PLUS D5, for example, costs the equivalent of US$118.
AMD’s own previous-generation AM4 motherboard ecosystem is also proving to be a liability — the previous-generation Ryzen 7 5800X3D has dropped to record-low pricing and outperforms the new Ryzen 7000 chips in gaming performance. As a result, Ryzen users can drop this chip into their existing AM4 systems, dating back to 2024, and upgrade for a low-cost and hassle-free upgrade. This has resulted in an increase in 5800X3D sales, extending the enthusiast crowd’s mass shift to the AM5 socket.
The Ryzen 7000 series suffers from a pricing issue. And that’s before we consider overclocking, which brings the Raptor’s incredible clock speeds to bear and allows the cheapest Intel chip, the Core i5-13600K, to beat AMD’s fastest gaming chip, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Despite these massive performance disparities, AMD has not reduced chip pricing, which could be due to a variety of factors. First and foremost, AMD has excess Ryzen inventory on the market. The company recently announced that it will work to reduce excess inventory during the fourth quarter of this year.
We don’t know when the new A620 boards will be available. When they do, cheaper Motherboards combined with falling DDR5 prices will undoubtedly make it much easier to get started.