The AMD Ryzen 9 7900X is a great gaming processor that also excels at content creation tasks, but the high asking price means it’s out of reach for many. However, that is slowly changing, with Black Friday Eve bringing a new low price for a high-performance processor: £475, up from £600 starting MSRP. That’s a nice £125 discount and a great value for one of the fastest consumer processors money can buy.
It’s also £25 off the discounted prices we spotted a few days ago, which seems good enough to pick it up again, but let me know in the comments if you disagree.
Anyway, I was lucky enough to test this chip for Digital Foundry, and when I didn’t tear my hair out because Flight Simulator 2020 generated another illegible error message out of nowhere, I was a bit overwhelmed by the level of performance the chip put out, especially when it was running on a Windows 11 build, which turned out to be a slight drag on its performance. It’s almost as fast as the Intel 12900K and even rivals the new 13900K in some games. which costs £640I mean, damn, that’s a damn good price.
The Ryzen 7000 in general and the 7900X in particular are also a big step up even from the Ryzen 5000 which itself was a big step up from the Ryzen 3000… solid double digit percentage gains in CPU constrained scenarios like gaming with 1080p high refresh rate or content creation tasks such as video transcoding or 3D rendering.
Either way, it’s a great deal, so take that into account – and stay tuned for more Black Friday deals over the next few days, with most of the festivities taking place on Friday itself, but some additional highlights are sure to arrive and on Cyber Monday. To your health!