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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X deal helps it compete with Intel Core i5-12600K

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Ryzen 7 5800X is down to $330 at Micro Center right now.
  • The discount places the Ryzen CPU in the same price range as the new Intel Core i5-12600K.
  • You have to order the processor for in-store pickup to take advantage of the deal.

People looking to pick up a new Ryzen CPU for their PC are in luck. Right now, Micro Center has a deal on the Ryzen 7 5800X that brings the processor down to $330. That's $120 off its normal retail price and lower than the discounted price we often see of around $350. Perhaps most importantly for PC builders, the deal brings the Ryzen 7 5800X into the same price range as the newly launched Intel Core i5-12600K.

Directly comparing the best CPUs from Intel and AMD CPUs is complex. Core and thread counts don't tell a complete story, and there are notable differences between the platforms. In our Intel Core i5-12600K review, we compare the chip to both the Ryzen 5 5600X and the Ryzen 7 5800X. "The Core i5-12600K will easily give the Ryzen 7 5800X a run for its money across a variety of benchmark tests, leaving it in [the] dust for gaming," concludes the review.

Micro Center's deal also brings the Ryzen 7 5800X within $20 of the Ryzen 5 5600X's current sale price. For only an additional $50, the Ryzen 7 5800X is a significant upgrade over its less powerful sibling.

Moving away from any comparisons to Intel counterparts, AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X is an impressive CPU. Even when the chip cost $450, our Ryzen 7 5800X review highlighted its value, "the Ryzen 7 5800X is a big improvement over its Zen 2 counterparts, and it's clear that AMD isn't slowing down. If you want a top-end CPU for competitive gaming, some specialized work, and don't want to pay more than about $450, the Ryzen 7 5800X should make a great chip for years to come."

Micro Center had a deal that discounted the CPU to just $300 earlier today, so you may need to act quickly before the price goes up again.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

  • Wish the UK had a Microcenter lol...
  • I don't need a CPU, I need a GPU. FFS...
  • At this point you might as well for DG2 and RDNA 3.