Deal | AMD Ryzen 9 7950X drops below US$550 on Amazon
Released at the end of September 2022 with a US$699 price tag, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X processor features 16 cores, 32 threads, a total of 80 MB cache memory, and a 170 W TDP. The processor uses the new AM5 socket and comes with DDR5-5200 dual-channel memory and PCIe 5.0 support. Thanks to a Black Friday Deal, Amazon's list price of US$799 is now down to a tempting US$549.99.
The 31% discount mentioned above comes after only 73 ratings and 41 answered questions on Amazon's product page. The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X has a 4.7/5 rating which is the result of 88% perfect scores, 4% 4/5 ratings, and 9% for the remaining grades. The breakdown by feature only has three items, namely 4.7 for gaming, 4.5 for stability, and a 4/5 "value for money" rating.
Given its TDP at stock frequencies and the fact that it comes unlocked out of the box, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X requires a liquid cooling solution to ensure stability in most scenarios that involve long periods spent under heavy load and/or overclocking. The base maximum frequency on all cores is 4.5 GHz, while the boost speed is 5.7 GHz. Overclockers have easily broken the 7 GHz barrier on this chip on a single core. Even more, going above 6 GHz on all cores while using this processor is also quite frequent.
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