Yes, it’s Black Friday CPU deals time people! Oh yes, the blackest of all Fridays is now upon us, November is almost over, and etailers across the globe are slashing prices all over the shop. While it might not necessarily mean you can get the latest and greatest processors of all time at severely discounted rates – though there are still some bargains to be had on modern silicon – it does mean that last-gen chips can be had for peanuts.
And there ain’t nothing wrong with last-gen silicon, especially when we’re talking about PC processors. In gaming terms CPU performance hasn’t changed things dramatically over the past few years, and with a resurgent AMD now very much back in the game there are a lot more options for the discerning PC gamer to build a new rig around.
The second-gen Ryzen CPUs were a genuine improvement over their first-gen forebears, and are now on sale for honestly ridiculous prices. If we’d told you just a couple of years ago that you would be able to buy a high-performance, eight-core. 16-thread CPU for less than $200 you’d have had us committed.