Zen 3: AMDs Ryzen 5000 are currently much more expensive
By Christian Westermann on November 9, 2020
Last updated on March 9, 2021
CPUs like the Ryzen 9 5900X or the Ryzen 5 5600X are sold on Ebay for considerably more money. Dealers have also increased their prices.
For the release of AMDs Ryzen-5000 processors on November 5, 2020, some German online retailers also had copies in stock – punctually from 3pm in the afternoon. However, a pattern seems to be repeating itself here, which could already be observed with the release of Nvidia’s new Ampere graphics card series. Within minutes, the Ryzen 5950X, Ryzen 5900X and Ryzen 5800X were sold out. The Zen 3 CPUs are still available for purchase: via Ebay offers, which are once again much more expensive.
The Ryzen 9 5900X with twelve cores is available for about 850 Euro. The selling price is 300 Euro above the actual price of 550 Euro. 22 people have already placed bids on another ad for the same model. This auction is currently at 630 Euros. The high level of interest at least suggests that despite the obvious scalping offers, there is still interest in AMD’s Zen3.
Online dealers increase prices
The same applies to the Ryzen 7 5800X, which is currently being sold for about 50 euros extra from 500 instead of 450 euros. The Ryzen 9 5950X costs around 1,000 Euros on Ebay, which is 200 Euros more than the actual selling price. The Ryzen 5 5600X, originally for about 300 Euros, is offered on Ebay for about 390 Euros. Some Ebay customers rate such auctions with one out of five stars and warn against such scalping offers.
Distributors themselves have also reacted to the high demand and increased the price of Zen-3 CPUs after the first sellout. Companies such as Caseking, Alternate and Computeruniverse offer the Ryzen 9 5900X for 70 to 150 euros more: The price fluctuates between 620 and 700 euros. The Ryzen 5 5950X is offered for 900 up to almost 1,000 Euros and is therefore hardly cheaper than offers on Ebay.