Intel’s Core i9-9900K flagship and Core i7-9700K processor are extra reasonably priced than ever, it will appear.
Tom’s Hardware highlighted some recent information from CamelCamelCamel (an outfit that tracks Amazon costs), which exhibits that Amazon.com (US) pricing on the 9900K has hit an all-time low of $359.99 (it launched at $479), and that the 9700K has bottomed out at $289.99 (the launch value was $359); the primary time the latter processor has been under the $300 mark.
This isn’t actually shocking, on condition that Coffee Lake Refresh processors are very clearly on the way in which out, with Intel’s Tenth-gen Comet Lake chips having established themselves for a while now, and in fact one other issue is the upcoming launch of AMD’s Zen 3-based processors (purportedly Ryzen 5000), from which massive issues are anticipated.
Furthermore, we’ve already seen Intel promotional pushes (again in August) serving to to knock down the worth tags on Coffee Lake silicon; however not by this a lot. This is probably going a case of Amazon – and different retailers, like Best Buy for instance, which has the 9700K at that $289.99 mark – making their very own choices and seeking to shed inventory of those pricier Ninth-gen fashions whereas they’re nonetheless viable.
Of course, these chips stay a questionable alternative anyway, definitely for somebody a brand new system on condition that Ninth-gen is constructed on the outdated LGA1151 socket. They might, nonetheless, be a helpful potential purchase for somebody on a low-end Ninth-gen chip performing an improve as a stopgap measure till future Intel processors probably enlarge waves…
As Tom’s factors out, even at this lowest-ever value level, the Core i9-9900K doesn’t appear that compelling in comparison with the Comet Lake Core i7-10700K, which is likely to be an i7 mannequin, however provides higher gaming (and normal computing) efficiency, and in the mean time is barely about $20 greater than $360 (plus it comes with all the advantages of being on that newer LGA1200 platform).
We are seeing comparable value drops over within the UK, as properly, with the 9900K being obtainable for £350 at Scan for instance, a lot decrease than the £400 reached with the aforementioned Intel promo discounting again in August. Similarly, the 9700K beforehand witnessed a drop to round £310 however can now be had for £264 at Scan.
There are positively bargains available, then, and who is aware of, after AMD’s Ryzen 5000 vary is unleashed, we may even see much more downward motion for the remaining Coffee Lake Refresh inventory.