Home Features (Image credit: AMD) The first Ryzen processors were released almost five years ago, and the Zen architecture at their heart has completely transformed AMD’s fortunes. Not only has this led to AMD catching up with Intel in the gaming space, but it’s actually the prefered option for many system builders. The latest Zen 3 chips, such as the Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 9 5900X are some of the best CPUs you can buy today, and if you can save a bit of money when grabbing one, then the more the merrier. While there aren’t quite so many deals to be had on those most recent Ryzen 5000 chips, you’ll find plenty of Zen 2-powered Ryzen 3000 chips sporting healthy price cuts. These are still quality chips worth upgrading to or building around—particularly as they use the same AM4 platform as the newest chips, giving you an easy upgrade path to that Zen 3 goodness. Black Friday 2021 when is it and why you need to shop for PC gaming deals early this year. We’d probably recommend avoiding the first generation Ryzen 1000-series for normal gaming, as the later generations really improved on things like gaming performance and memory compatibility. Still, if you’re looking to build a cheap and cheerful retro machine or a boring work system, then they can be hard to beat. We’ve deployed the bot-powered might of our price comparison engine, to check for the best deals on the AMD CPUs every hour of every day. Here are the best deals around right now. Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He’s very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.