AMD’s least expensive eight-core Ryzen 5000 processor has hit a brand new value low at Amazon UK, making it a good time to seize the Ryzen 7 5700X to improve your machine from an older Ryzen mannequin – or construct a shiny new one. The CPU is now £185, a 44% drop from its £329 RRP and even cheaper than it was yesterday.

The 5700X is considerably higher than the similar-sounding and similarly-priced (£182) Ryzen 5700G, which has built-in graphics however has a half-size L3 cache and no PCIe 4.0 help, because of its origin from laptop-grade silicon.

In reality, the £185 5700X may be very near the £225 5800X, with the identical core/thread rely, cache allocation and general structure. The one variations, in actual fact, is that the 5700X has a rated turbo pace of 4.6GHz versus 4.7GHz for the 5800X, and a decrease rated TDP – however in precise utilization, you’ll be able to simply change the default energy goal to unlock further efficiency and the 2 CPUs needs to be indistinguishable until you convey out the benchmarking instruments. Given the £40 distinction in value, that makes the 5700X by far the higher possibility!

To make use of this CPU, you may want an AM4 socket motherboard, almost certainly a B550 or X570 board, though some earlier generations even have BIOS updates accessible to help Ryzen 5000. Fortunately, these motherboards are very low cost lately, in comparison with their AM5 counterparts, and DDR4 RAM is equally good worth.

What do you make of this CPU – are you even contemplating a Ryzen 5000 system, or are you cheerful the place you might be? Tell us within the feedback under, and keep frosty on the market.