It’s getting more and more expensive to buy an AMD gaming CPU, is it TSMC’s fault?

According to German media, the price of AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processors has already been rising for days, and they place this price increase between 10 and 30 euros depending on the model. However, and taking into account the recommended price of these processors, for the moment it is still below the manufacturer’s recommended price and, in fact, the increase only represents 5%. We have the counterpart in Chinese media that, according to what they say, the price is not going to rise any more despite the fact that the 7 nm of TSMC are now more expensive than ever. What will happen to the price of AMD CPUs?

The price of AMD CPUs on the rise, but how far?


The good news is that the increase in the price of AMD CPUs is not being too high, because as we have commented, despite having risen up to 30 euros per unit, they are still below the sale price recommended by AMD and they do not foresee that it will continue. going up… for now, since obviously it is a trend that worries everyone at the moment (the one that continues to rise in price instead of stabilizing).

As for why the price has gone up, everything seems to be related to the recent price increase by TSMC; Earlier news reported that TSMC’s technology has increased dramatically in recent years, and obviously this has also caused the prices at which they sell their chips to manufacturers have risen (in this case, they figure it up to 20 % plus). The advanced 7nm technology that AMD uses in this case is obviously no exception.

As if this were not enough, it seems that Manzana it is also “in the garlic.” The unique position of those from Cupertino, who have a closed contract with TSMC, is not affected by price increases and therefore TSMC must pass on the increase in manufacturing costs to other customers (those who do not have closed contracts, such as AMD). Even though AMD is TSMC’s second largest customer, the media takes it for granted that they have been unable to escape the price hike and are thus having an impact on the price at which they sell their processors.

To summarize, it is true that the price of AMD processors is rising but for the moment they are still at prices below those suggested by the manufacturer, something that undoubtedly benefits us users. Now, if they are going to continue to rise or not is something that we still cannot know, but if you were hesitating between buying a processor now or waiting, it may be a good time in case they rise again.

How does this affect the Spanish market?


To this day, AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs are still in a price range that we could consider very good and, in fact, we have not seen a rise. Taking Amazon Spain as a reference, we have for example the Ryzen 9 5900X for 525 euros (compared to the 555 it normally costs), the Ryzen 7 5800X for 384 euros (compared to the normal 434) or the Ryzen 5 5600X for 283 euros (compared to at 302 that it costs to enter).

Now, we repeat what was said before: if because of the increase in costs of the 7 nm of TSMC the price is going to rise again, it is something that we cannot predict; At the moment the stores have stock and in fact they are launching offers to empty inventories so we can find quite good prices for AMD processors. If when the stock runs out and they place new orders they run into a price increase that later affects the sale price, that is something else.

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