AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X It ranks first in our report on The best gaming CPUsThe only real downside is the price (especially since it doesn’t come with a cooler bundled). Now that it’s widely available, though, it’s subject to discounted pricing. For cleverness, you can buy one today for US$494.99 From Antonline (through the retailer’s eBay account).
That’s a good chunk under $549 for an MSRP. It’s even $5 less than the asking price of the Micro Center, which is notable because the Micro Center usually undermines the competition with the caveat that you need to live near one of their retail locations. If you want it, and also need a motherboard, this is still your best bet – you can save an extra $20 when you bundle the CPU with a qualified mobo. Otherwise, this is the lowest price found.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X | 12 cores, 24 threads | 3.7 GHz to 4.8 GHz |
$549 $494.99 at eBay via Antonline (Save $54.01)
Based on AMD’s latest generation Zen 3 architecture, and armed with a full suite of cores and threads, this CPU will handle any kind of workload you throw at it.
The 5900X is a powerful silicon chip. Under the hood are 12 cores and 24 threaded threads to eliminate multi-threading workloads. On stock settings, it runs from 3.7GHz (base) to 4.8GHz (maximum boost). It also has 64MB of L3 cache and PCI Express 4.0 support, the latter of which is a feature of AMD’s Zen 3 architecture.
There is only one Zen 3 processor chip in front of the 5900X, which is 16-core / 32-thread Ryzen 9 5950X. This will save you about $250 more than this deal, however, savings you can apply elsewhere (like a GPU, if you can find one in stock).
There’s no such thing as a true future-proofing, but this is one of those CPUs that will last you a long time before you feel long in the tooth. Suggest pairing it with X570 motherboard and PCIe 4.0 SSD, and virtually whatever GPU you can get.