AMD Ryzen 7 5700X3D launches with head-scratching price tag

Instead of a bang, it comes with a whimper.

AMD Ryzen 7 5700X3D boasts a strange price point that spells bad news.

After rumours of an AMD Ryzen 7 5700X3D, Team Red has finally launched the new CPU to the masses. Unfortunately, it comes with a curious price tag attached that isn’t good news.

Debuting on digital shelves at $249 / £239.99, Ryzen 7 5700X3D seems like a promising chip at first. After all, it’s over $100 / £100 cheaper than Ryzen 7 5800X3D’s recommended retail price and has 3D V-Cache. The problem is that the beefier of the two processors has been around for nine months and already sees plenty of discounts.

Month after month, we see Ryzen 7 5800X3D reach a new low. It was £270 in November and December, $326.12 / £262 earlier this month, and now sits at $308 / £251.15. Hopefully, we’ll see 5700X3D reduced pretty quickly but it means one of two things in the short term. Either 5800X3D jumps back up to near full price to make the new CPU more appealing or it’s a mere £10 more for the clear winner.

Ryzen 7 5700X3DRyzen 7 5800X3D
Cores / Threads8 / 168 / 16
L3 Cache96MB96MB
Base Clock3.0GHz3.4GHz
Boost Clock4.1GHz4.5GHz
Launch MSRP$249 / £239.99$449 / £345
Current Price$249 / £239.99$308 / £251.15

We already have an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D review for you to chomp on. Of course, we can’t judge 5700X3D performance before testing it ourselves.

Right now, the two chips look identical on paper, minus the difference in clock speeds. Still, a 12% reduction in base clocks and 9% in boost clocks will naturally hurt frame rates. We already noted how the 5800X3D suffers lower clock speeds than the 5800X, so going even slower at these prices is a little baffling.

Pitting the clock speeds against what you’re saving, and it’s an even tougher sell. You only get 4% off going with Team Red’s latest in the UK. The cost in the US is a little more reasonable, with a 19% difference. Of the two, we can’t see UK prices holding for long.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU in its retail box.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D

“The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is the first desktop processor with stacked L3 cache, delivering unmatched 96MB of L3 cache paired with incredibly fast cores to create the world’s fastest gaming desktop processor.”

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All in all, we welcome new X3D models with open arms. They take a bit of a frequency hit but are a blessing for gamers with all that L3 Cache. We just don’t see where the 5700X3D fits in right now, particularly for a last-gen chip that’s playing catch-up. If it’s not abundantly clear which way we’re leaning, you should probably nab a Ryzen 7 5800X3D instead while they’re still affordable.