The amazing 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is on everyone’s must-buy list, and everyone is looking to purchase the product for a reasonable price. However, it’s also true that the 2021 global chip shortage, caused by a combination of the coronavirus pandemic, companies shifting to a work from home strategy, and previously unpredictable rocketing demand, has led to much-wanted PC parts run in short supply.
Out of all the components, especially high-end units like the Ryzen 9 5950X CPU and GeForce RTX 3090 GPU, are being sold at greatly inflated prices. According to sources, the PC builders in the UK will have to pay a price of £750 (US$1,028/AUD 1,349) for the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. It’s interesting, considering the price of the card set by AMD is just US$799.
And if any retailer puts up the card for the MSRP, then the cards will be out of stock in seconds. Most of the stocks available are either being sold for outrageous prices or are available at reasonable prices but are actually out of stock.
A listing on eBay for multiple units of the Ryzen 9 5950X has a “buy it now” offer at £1,085.49 (US$1,488/AUD 1,952) per part, while a retailer called OnBuy has put up a price tag of £1,099.95 (US$1,508/AUD 1,978).
A retailer has even set up the AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X at an insane price of £1,480.72 (US$2,030/AUD 2,662). It seems that the retailers are just utilizing an age-old business tactic of price hiking when demand exceeds supply.
AMD is looking to increase the supply of their cards and CPUs, and all it will take is a little bit of time. What PC makers have to do now is wait for the supply to catch up to the demand.
Read the AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X review here.