AMD’s Ryzen 9 7900X is an superior gaming processor that additionally kicks quite a lot of butt in content material creation duties, however a excessive asking value signifies that it is out of attain of many. Nonetheless, that’s slowly altering, with Black Friday Eve bringing a brand new low value on the high-end CPU: £475, down from a launch RRP of £600. That is a tidy £125 low cost and a terrific value for one of many quickest client CPUs cash should buy.
That is additionally a neat £25 beneath the lowered costs that we observed a couple of days again, which feels adequate to convey up once more – however do let me know within the feedback should you disagree.
Anyway, I used to be fortunate sufficient to check this chip for Digital Foundry, and after I wasn’t tearing my hair out as a result of Flight Simulator 2020 had generated one other indescipherable error message out of skinny air, I used to be a bit gobsmacked by the extent of efficiency the chip was kicking out – particularly because it was working on a Home windows 11 construct that it seems mildly hamstrings its efficiency. That is each bit as quick as Intel’s 12900K, and even contends with the brand new 13900K in some titles which prices £640, I imply, rattling that is comparatively fairly darn good worth.
Ryzen 7000 normally and the 7900X specifically can also be an enormous step ahead over even Ryzen 5000, which itself was an enormous development over Ryzen 3000… so should you’re coming from an older-gen Ryzen machine, you will notice some strong double-digit proportion good points in CPU-limited situations, like 1080p excessive refresh fee gaming or content material creation duties like video transcoding or 3D rendering.
Anyway, this can be a nice deal, so do take into account it – and keep tuned for extra Black Friday offers over the subsequent few days, with many of the festitivities on Friday itself however some extra highlights little doubt as a consequence of seem on Cyber Monday as properly. Cheers!