Get the Ryzen 3900X from AMD for $420 at Newegg (cool, $80 off)

AMD’s high-performance Ryzen 9 3900X processor fetched a new low price at Newegg today, which you can get for just $420 — less than its $500 list price.

The $80 reduction is also covered by Newegg’s Price Protection, which means if it drops by June 23, you’ll receive a refund of the difference.

This is great for a 12-core 24-thread processor that totally screams content creation workloads that can benefit from a high thread count. Ryzen 5000 processors have the 3900X’s in terms of single-core performance, but the Ryzen 3000 is still a huge step up from previous Ryzen generations in this department — and the equivalent Ryzen 9 processor, the 5900X, is currently selling for $673. on amazon!

With this market reality in mind, the $3900X at $420 offers great value to video makers, programmers, 3D modelers, and game streamers. It also performs well in games, especially the more recent DX12 and Vulkan versions, as you can read about in our Katharine Ryzen 3900X review from 2019.

Of course, if you care more about performance in applications that use only one or two cores, such as older games, the newer line of Ryzen 5000 CPUs can still make sense.

The best deal we found came from Antonline’s Ebay, where the Ryzen 7 5800X is priced at just $390 – $60 off its regular price. Ryzen 5000 is typically about 15-20% faster than Ryzen 3000 processors like the 3900X in terms of single-core performance, and still has enough cores (8) and threads (12) to make it a good choice for content creation.

What is the right CPU for you? Well, personally I use the 5800X because I don’t tend to create a lot of content other than the single video transcoding code, but there are arguments for both of these reduced processors.

You can check out Katharine’s Ryzen 5800X review to learn more about this side of the coin, including some of the game’s benchmarks against the latest and greatest Intel. One thing to keep in mind is that the 5800X launched at an embarrassing price which made the 5600X and 5900X more compelling, but we’ve since seen a price shift that has brought the 8-core CPU more in line with its siblings in terms of price versus performance.

Whichever you choose, I’m sure you’ll be happy to upgrade your new CPU at a reasonable price – feel free to let me know in the comments or on Twitter If you have any questions.

With that, we thank you for reading the article and we will see you again soon.

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