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Report: Intel will cut desktop CPU prices by 10-15% as Ryzen 3000 draws near

By midian182 · 50 replies
Jun 21, 2019
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  1. The report comes from DigiTimes, citing sources from motherboard makers. It claims Intel has already notified its downstream PC and motherboard partners about the processor price drops, which could see anything from $25 to $75 knocked off the CPUs.

    If the report is accurate, the enthusiast eight-core/16-thread Core i9 9900K will be one of the chips to see a price reduction, as will the i7-9700K, and the i5-9600K. We’ll have to wait and see how much any potential changes affect the retail market, as they may be aimed more at OEMs.

    AMD said its upcoming processors, based on the new Zen 2 cores, offer comparable performance against Intel’s equivalent CPUs when it comes to gaming while outperforming them in various single and multi-threaded benchmarks and being more competitively priced. The 7nm chips also have lower power consumption and come with PCIe 4.0 support, which enables devices such as Gigabyte’s "Aorus AIC Gen4" SSD card that can reach 15 GB/s.

    There’s also the fact that Intel has been stuck on 14nm for nearly five years, having only just announced 10nm Ice Lake-U laptop chips at Computex, with its 10nm desktop CPU not set to arrive until 2022.

    AMD’s Ryzen 3000 chips launch on July 7. Should Intel’s price drop reach individual retail components, it might soon be a good time to upgrade your PC.

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  2. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 403   +466

    Just ordered a 9th gen i7 yesterday. Go me!
  3. Bluescreendeath

    Bluescreendeath TS Maniac Posts: 139   +216

    Ouch! Probably should've waited for benchmarks for Ryzen 3000 as it's supposed to release pretty soon. Not too late to get a refund though?
  4. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,238   +1,438

    I hope the 3700X rick rolls the 9700K.
    Intel needs a good slap on the @ss.
  5. penn919

    penn919 TS Maniac Posts: 270   +157

    Return it
  6. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 723   +285

    I have the i7 9th gen. got it like 2 months ago. I knew about ryzen coming but I like Intel. AMD had there shots yrs ago n failed imo. I wont buy amd.
    I dont have any issues with my Intel. I use my system for gaming not for work. so I havent run into any security problems that have been reported. havent had any performance issues either.
    Shadowboxer likes this.
  7. Hardware Geek

    Hardware Geek TS Booster Posts: 88   +69

    I'm neither an Intel or AMD fanboy. My systems are currently running Intel processors, however at the time I purchased them (several years ago) they offered the best performance for the price. That being said, I am glad to see that there is competition again and intend to purchase a threadripper when the third generation is launched.

    I generally keep my systems for 5 or more years, and I'm looking forward to building a new computer. There is nothing better than putting together a new system and booting it up for the first time.
    IceQueenAU, Eugenia, SirDigby and 4 others like this.
  8. Adi6293

    Adi6293 TS Maniac Posts: 220   +196

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  9. Adi6293

    Adi6293 TS Maniac Posts: 220   +196

    That is just stupid thinking, why wouldn't you buy AMD if they provide a better products?
  10. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 723   +285

    Who said they were better? They are about the same as Intel and they havent proven to be better than Intel in gaming.
    hahahanoobs likes this.
  11. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 403   +466

    Mobo's failing on my rig and I couldn't wait any longer. But I also failed to research anything Ryzen, so that's on me. ~$50 penalty, but I need to get this rectified asap. Not the end of the world.
  12. Adi6293

    Adi6293 TS Maniac Posts: 220   +196

    Well if you need your PC that's a different story but might not be too late to return it and get something better :)
  13. neeyik

    neeyik TS Addict Posts: 82   +63

    Leaving aside the whichproductisbetter debate, and the somewhat harsh criticism of your reasoning by Adi6293, your remark does raise an interesting point about how much AMD still has to work against the negative impression it has amongst PC gamers from its previous products. The current range of products are very strong and well priced - there's nothing wrong with them at all.
  14. Bluescreendeath

    Bluescreendeath TS Maniac Posts: 139   +216

    Rzyen 2000 was already performing at ~90% of Intel Coffee lake cpus in terms of single core IPC for gaming and Ryzen 2000 equaled or beat Intel at games that require a lot of cores. Ryzen 3000 is supposed to have a 15% increase in IPC + additional core clock boost.

    So Ryzen 3000 should be at least on par or exceed current Intel cpus in terms of IPC and lower-core games, and easily beat Intel cpus in games that like more cores.

    You really should have at least waited for benchmarks.
  15. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 673   +571

    Makes sense as the i5-9400F is $140 today at newegg, possibly in anticipation of the permanent price drop. It's a fantastic, cool-running gaming CPU for cheap.
    treetops likes this.
  16. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Evangelist Posts: 587   +196

    Zen2 is all gas and Intel is still stingy. Terrible time to buy a cpu. Guess I'm waiting another year or 2 for whatever comes next.
    Godel likes this.
  17. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,999   +3,483

    If only the 9900K didn't suck so much power, this price cut may have gotten me to buy one.
  18. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 414   +416

    5820K still going strong. Although overclock seems to have dropped slightly over time. Chip degradation.

    Overall a good investment if I do say so myself :D

    I think it'll tide me over until Zen 3 or whatever :p
    Just get those clocks up past 4.0GHz stock and you've got a killer chip.

    Pushing 14nm to its absolute limits. Squeezing every last drop out of the aging node.
    Charles Olson and Dimitrios like this.
  19. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 467   +350

    I just wanna cry in joy................ Trump president and INTEL slowing losing to AMD I'm just so happy!!!!!
  20. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 723   +285

    I dont need benchmarks to make a decision. I can make that on my own.
    why would I go with AMD when im happy with Intel? Cause they are cheaper but not any better.
    Again AMD had chance after chance. They failed. Now they finally have a equal product but I wont be buying it. Intel is my choice and likely always be.
  21. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 673   +571

    I realize that buying the i9-9900K and then not OCing it is a waste of money but seeing as the last few percent of GHz is the most costly in terms of power I wonder if the 9900K is still, well, a decent buy for gaming if just run at 4.7GHz or even 4.5 GHz for the power savings. I assume that an 8700K at 5.0 would outperform a 9900K at 4.5 or even 4.7 but still at lower total power draw, but maybe not?
  22. Hardware Geek

    Hardware Geek TS Booster Posts: 88   +69

    Why bring politics into this? Is it an attempt to start an argument?

    I like techspot because usually people stay on topic and don't get political. Can we please keep the discussion relevant to the topic?
  23. Hardware Geek

    Hardware Geek TS Booster Posts: 88   +69

    I would expect it to run cooler with 2 less cores. Here is a link to benchmarks https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i9-9900K-vs-Intel-Core-i7-8700K/4028vs3937
    Charles Olson likes this.
  24. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 467   +350

    Calm down I'm just in a good mood just happy things are going well for me this year.
    Shadowboxer and Andromadus like this.
  25. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,999   +3,483

    I had a 5820K before my 2700X, it was excellent value for the price at the time and it's performance over time has held up well.

    Yes, those last few GHz are very power costly but even not going for them, you'd likely still see 30% more power consumption. Really we have to wait and see the benchmarks for exact numbers. At stock though, it'll likely only match a 3700 in gaming and loose in multi-thread. If we assume this price cut comes true, the 9900K would move down to $450. That's still $120 more then the 3700 and the 3700 comes with a nice CPU cooler, another $40 savings. For the same price of the 9900K, you could get a 3900X even after a price reduction.

    We'll have to wait and see though, all this assumes AMD's IPC figures are correct.

    In response to your second question, yes an 8700K will outperform a 9900K in most games when clocked higher. Not sure about the power draw though.
    Charles Olson likes this.

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