AMD has started a new promotion and will sell its latest 3rd Generation Ryzen desktop processors with a noticeable discount for a few weeks. The campaign is effective worldwide, though in some countries reductions will be more significant, whereas in other regions they will be not. In addition, some buyers will get Xbox Game Pass with their new CPUs.

Starting this week and through March 31, AMD will reduce SEPs (standard e-tail prices) of select Ryzen 3000-series desktop processors by $25 - $50. As a result, the mid-range six-core Ryzen 5 3600 will cost $174, whereas the high-end 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X will be priced at $449. In addition, some buyers will also get a three-months Xbox Game Pass while supplies last. Note that the promotion is run by AMD itself, yet it may vary from retailer to retailer and from region to region. The list of offerings looks as follows.

AMD Ryzen 3000 March 2020 Promotion
  Old SEP New
Discount Price at Press Time
Ryzen 9 3900X $499 $449 $50 $419
Ryzen 7 3800X $399 $359 $40 $340
Ryzen 7 3700X $329 $304 $25 $290
Ryzen 5 3600X $249 $224 $25 $200
Ryzen 5 3600 $199 $174 $25 $175

It should be noted that retailers are also running their own promotional pricing on top of AMD's new SEPs, which means we're seeing items like the 3900X, which should be at its new SEP of $449, even lower at $419.

Without any doubts, all discounts are always welcome by the end user, so AMD deserves a kudos. Meanwhile, the said AMD processors have cost lower than their new SEPs for weeks in the USA, so customers in the States will only be able enjoy the free subscription.

AMD is known for running limited time promotions and sell its products at discounts. To that end, it is hard to say whether this particular campaign is needed to boost the company’s retail sales in the final weeks of the quarter, or potentially that AMD might believe demand for PC hardware in the coming weeks will increase as people will turn to digital entertainment due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, so AMD wants to offer more attractive prices to win the market. In any case, enjoy while it lasts.

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  • anactoraaron - Friday, March 13, 2020 - link

    Prices are even cheaper at Microcenter. Just got a 3600 for 159.
  • ballsystemlord - Friday, March 13, 2020 - link

    Is AMD also going to discount the X570 chipset so that the MBs don't cost a fortune?
  • sing_electric - Friday, March 13, 2020 - link

    Funny you mention that: It LOOKS like the B550m motherboards are finally coming. (And you can obviously use a 400-series mobo as long as it's been updated.)
  • ballsystemlord - Friday, March 13, 2020 - link

    And miss out on PCIe 4.0? Never! ;)
  • MenhirMike - Friday, March 13, 2020 - link

    The B550 at least offers the PCIe 4.0 from the CPU, along with PCIe 3.0 from the Chipset. So you get that sweet 4.0 for GPU and SSD needs and 3.0 for 10G Ethernet or Video Capture or whatever.
  • ajp_anton - Saturday, March 14, 2020 - link

    The GPU gets no benefit whatsoever from PCIe 4.0. The only reason for me to get those speeds is for the CPU<->chipset link. I guess some people want it for SSDs as well.
  • ballsystemlord - Monday, March 16, 2020 - link


    That's the key word here. I want a little future proofing please.
  • rrinker - Friday, March 13, 2020 - link

    Of COURSE. Not even 24 hours since I ordered....
  • MenhirMike - Friday, March 13, 2020 - link

    So, you're still in the return window :)
  • rrinker - Monday, March 16, 2020 - link

    I already put the system together. And the price is still the same, so the cut hasn;t trickled down yet.

    Side note, I am pretty impressed with this. I felt burned by AMD/ATI back in the Athlon XP days with a rather poor performing machine for the price, but this is just going to be a server replacement for my aging WHS, as soon as I can figure out a backup solution that's even close to what WHS offered 10 years ago. That being: dedupe across multiple systems being backed up (at the target), imcrementals that for restore automatically can be mounted as a drive showing the system at a particular point in time, etc. I found an open source Linux based backup that seems to offer all that, but then I'd have to run it in a VM which greatly complicates the 'backup the backup' to my cloud backup.
    Anyway, despite a fairly spendy MB (which I don't consider ridiculous these days, at under $155 for one that has dual M.2 that don't disable the SATA ports, even though it has a bunch of RGB BS I have no need for), the whole thing has not cost a fortune despite having RAID 1 M.2 SSDs for the OS drive and a pair of 2TB SATA SSDs to act as fast cache drives. Still need to get the spinning rust for main storage. Despite using the cheapest PCIe X1 video card I could find (since it will run headless), it's much faster than my existing desktop or the old server - but the old server is about 9 years old and has a 2nd gen Core 2 I5, and my 8 year od desktop is running a Xeon 1230v2, though I do have all SSD (SATA) in it. Yeah, I keep my systems for a long time, I'm not a heavy gamer. But I think I will build another identical to the server, just put in a single M.2 1TB SSD, and use a real video card to replace this desktop. Oh - the new server has 32GB RAM, too, the old one is capped by the MB at 8GB, and my desktop has 16GB. I'm pretty impressed with these newer Ryzen CPUs.

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