AMD and some of its retail partners have started a new discount campaign involving AMD Ryzen and AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. Select AMD CPUs will be available at reduced prices when bought from participating retailers till the end of March.

The new campaign involves two high-end Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X, all three Ryzen 7 (1700, 1700X, 1800X) models, three Ryzen 5 (1400, 1500X, 1600X) SKUs, and two Ryzen 3 (1200, 1300X) variants. In the U.S., four major retailers participate in AMD’s new promo sale: Amazon, Newegg, Micro Center, and Fry’s. Amazon UK and Amazon France also sell select AMD processors at reduced prices, but it is unclear whether AMD’s campaign is global, or only covers the U.S., Canada, UK, and France.

Exact discounts vary depending on the particular product. For example, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is available for $869, which is 13% off its $999 MSRP. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 7 1800X only got a 6% discount and is now available for $329 from Amazon. The Ryzen 3 1200 now is available for $94, the first time when a Ryzen-branded CPU is available for less than $100 in retail. See the table below for exact details and “buy” links.

Earlier this year AMD already slashed official prices of its Ryzen processors in order to better compete against Intel products. That price-cut was global and had an effect on all Ryzen SKUs, but only on one Threadripper model. By contrast, this time select retailers offer discounts on select Ryzen and two higher-end Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, so evidently AMD is trying to address the higher-end of the market with its discounts.

AMD Ryzen Pricing with Campaign Discounts
Processor Cores/Threads Current SEP Campaign Price
Ryzen TR 1950X (TR4) 16C/32T $999 $869
Ryzen TR 1920X (TR4) 12C/24T $799 $669
Ryzen TR 1900X (TR4) 8C/16T $449 -
Ryzen 7 1800X (AM4) 8C16T $349 $329
Ryzen 7 1700X (AM4) 8C/16T $309 $289
Ryzen 7 1700 (AM4) 8C/16T $299 $275
Ryzen 5 1600X (AM4) 6C/12T $219 $198
Ryzen 5 1600 (AM4) 6C/12T $189 -
Ryzen 5 1500X (AM4) 4C/8T $174 $169
Ryzen 5 1400 (AM4) 4C/8T $169 $150
Ryzen 5 2400G (AM4) 4C/8T $169 -
Ryzen 3 2200G (AM4) 4C/4T $99 -
Ryzen 3 1300X (AM4) 4C/4T $129 $115
Ryzen 3 1200 (AM4) 4C/4T $109 $94

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  • rahvin - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    We'll be lucky if it's 2019, The memory producers are collaborating again on controlling production to inflate prices. This is like the 5th time they've done it in the last 20 years. I wish the FTC would open an investigation.
  • nagi603 - Monday, March 19, 2018 - link

    ...or the rise in price of memory modules. The memory cartel really deserves a few dozen years in the cooler. Shame they have too much money for any real conviction!
  • Shlong - Monday, March 19, 2018 - link

    It's cheaper to get a prebuilt system now. Last month, there was an Acer desktop on dealnews (Ryzen 1700X, GTX 1070, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 16GB Ram) for $1,050.
  • Alexvrb - Monday, March 19, 2018 - link

    16GB of slow RAM. A locked-down junk mainboard. Weak PSU, cheap fans. A chassis that I loathe. Sign me up bro. :D

    Not gonna lie, I get tempted to buy OEM systems sometimes but then I remember all the ones I've had to work on. I grimace and build another system. The boutiques are better, but I still chafe at their mainboard, chassis, fan, etc selection for the somewhat affordable builds. Especially chassis... I'm really particular about cases these days. I've had too many that are a pain to build in, have piss-poor cable management, poorly thought out or inadequate cooling provisions, or are difficult to service (clean, upgrade, etc after you've got everything installed). Sometimes it's more-or-less a form factor problem, so I understand. But in many cases it's largely due to bad design choices.

    Then again you could buy an OEM machine, steal the GPU, shove your old GPU in it, and resell it. In some cases it might still be cheaper than paying WTFBBQ prices for a 1080 or whatnot.
  • Shlong - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    The cases aren't that bad. If you don't like what the OEM provides, you can get a decent Phanteks case for like $50. The PSU isn't weak but the power efficiency won't be there, if you want a nice Gold or Platinum power supply you're gonna dish out around $200 or more anyways. The cable management isn't that bad and the cooling is just stock OEM Ryzen Wraith Cooler. The RAM is 2400 speed but if you want 3200 you're gonna have to pony up a lot more with RAM prices these days. You can always sell the ram and use the difference to get faster speeds. There are diminishing returns for Ryzen past 3200 speed.
  • jjj - Monday, March 19, 2018 - link

    In theory GPU prices can improve next month , how fast and by how much depends on GPU makers but could take a few more week - worse only if crypto jumps.
    Not that it is worth buying a GPU anytime soon, given how perf per $ has evolved since 2016, even at normal prices.
    Memory prices are a pain in GPU too and those are unlikely to get much better for a number of years.
  • StevoLincolnite - Monday, March 19, 2018 - link

    So happy I bought my Radeon RX 580 when I did, before the prices increased by 50%.

    Sad that I can't buy anything better though... Because said Radeon RX 580 isn't enough for my needs.
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    First, I think this has more to do with burning down inventories before Ryzen+ hits.

    Second, GPU prices are already falling. Compare to 1 month ago.
  • AbRASiON - Monday, March 19, 2018 - link

    Ryzen 5 2600, that's the one they need to drop. 160$ US and it'll be THE CPU to buy.
  • techguymaxc - Monday, March 19, 2018 - link

    Micro Center has sold every CPU on that list with a release date from 2017 for significantly less than the prices listed here, for quite some time. You can buy a 1950x for $729 right now, and I've seen them for as little as $699.

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