About a month and a half after AMD unveiled the Ryzen 5000 aka Vermeer processor family for the AM4 CPU fang, the four models are largely readily available in Germany. 20 handlers can deliver the six-core Ryzen 5 5600X, even more the eight-core Ryzen 7 5800X.
Despite the currently very good availability of the two CPUs, however, all stores exceed AMD’s price recommendations by more than 10 percent: the Ryzen 5 5600X is available from 340 euros, the Ryzen 7 5800X from 500 euros. The RRP’s are 300 and 450 euro, respectively.
The picture is similar for the top model Ryzen 9 5950X with 16 CPU cores: More than a dozen retailers have the model in stock starting at 890 euros. AMD’s recommended price is 800 euros. The 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X stands out with prices starting at around 705 euros – the RRP is 550 euros, 22 percent below that.
Ryzen 9 5900X in the sweet spot
In the AM4 upper class, the Ryzen 9 5900X is the most attractive model on paper: Theoretically – based on AMD’s price recommendations – the processor is only a good fifth more expensive than the Ryzen 7 5800X, but has 50 percent more CPU cores. The latter can clock higher on average than the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X, which is limited by its Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 105 watts ex works. In 3D games, the 12-core is therefore a bit faster than the top model and thus a bit more efficient.
In addition, the price recommendation of the Ryzen 9 5950X increases by 45 percent compared to the Ryzen 9 5900X. The AM4 top model is therefore particularly recommended for small workstations, where many processing cores are required.