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Reserved for the Chinese market, the Ryzen 5 7500F is already available in Germany
Funny to see a manufacturer so overwhelmed by resellers.
The latest processor in AMD's Zen4 range, the Ryzen 5 7500F is an atypical model in more ways than one. Atypical, first and foremost, because it's the only processor in this series, launched at the end of last year, without an integrated graphics solution. For the entire Zen4 range, AMD had opted to add an iGPU to compete with Intel, but - no doubt to cut costs - it finally changed its mind when it came to confirming this Ryzen 5 7500F.
This processor is also atypical in the way it was released. Indeed, at the time of confirming the said processor, AMD had been very clear on one point: the chip will only be available for retail sale in one country in the world: China. Why such a decision? AMD declined to comment further. However, the American company quickly added that the rest of the world could also benefit from this processor, but only for the purchase of a new machine. In other words, outside China, the Ryzen 5 7500F is reserved exclusively for system integrators, who will be able to assemble and sell complete PCs with this processor.
Well, that's the theory. In many European countries, such as France and Germany, many integrators are also resellers. This makes it difficult for AMD to accurately track its processors to ensure that, once delivered, they are sold as part of a complete configuration. What had to happen, happened. In Germany, this Ryzen 5 7500F has been on sale at retail outlets for several days now. This is particularly the case at retailers such as FutureX and MindFactory.
On the other hand, this retail sale is a little disappointing for us consumers. The Ryzen 5 7500F lacks an integrated graphics solution in order to be less expensive than the Ryzen 5 7600s, from which it takes over most of the features, despite a (very) slightly reduced operating frequency (5 GHz instead of 5.1 GHz). Alas, the main German retailers are pricing the Ryzen 5 7500F at around 200 euros. This represents a saving of only around 30 euros on the Ryzen 5 7600.