In brief: Now that Intel is finding new fans with its excellent 12th-gen Core Alder Lake CPUs, AMD is fighting back in the best way possible until Zen 4 arrives, by discounting its flagship Ryzen 9 5950X to an all-time low price.
AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X launched with a $799 MSRP back in November. That steep price tag was backed by the kind of performance that made it our Best Value for Productivity winner in the Best CPUs list. It shared the honors with the Core i7-12700K, which we said is more value-orientated, but that may no longer be as clear-cut now that team red's chip has been discounted.
The Ryzen 9 5950X is currently down to its lowest price of $597 on Newegg and $599 on Amazon, and it's still in stock at the time of writing. For Newegg, you need to apply the discount code found on the item description page.
There are a few other Ryzen processors that can be grabbed for less than usual by applying the discount codes; the Ryzen 9 5900X has dropped by $60 to $439 ($449 on Amazon), and you can get $45 off the Ryzen 5 5600X, making it $224.99. The discounts are limited-time offers, so move fast if you want to grab these bargains.
Don't be surprised to see the prices of AMD's Zen 3 chips, and probably some Alder Lake products, drop even further once the Zen 4 series launches in the second half of the year.