It appears that Intel has announced price cuts for the current 9th Generation ‘Coffee lake’ Desktop CPU lineup as part of its promotional price drop. TomsHardware has spotted several Intel processors listed with up to 25% discounts, at some of the major retail outlets.
Intel also responded to Tom’s Hardware with this official statement:
“Promotional price drops are one of the ways we work with our partners to continue supporting the strong market demand for high performance processors in the DIY segment.”
Prices of 9th-Gen Core processors have recently dropped at several retailers. This appears to be an official promotion from Intel. The price cuts aren’t listed on the company’s official price list though. Intel didn’t give Tom’sHardware any more details regarding this new promotion, such as how long it would last or how many retailers are involved.
The 9th Generation Core Coffee Lake-Refresh lineup was launched last year. The Intel Core i9-9900K 8 core CPU was the flagship SKU with a clock speed of up to 5 GHz, which made it lead the gaming charts in terms of performance. The Intel Coffee Lake family has already been replaced with the 10th Gen Comet Lake Desktop CPU lineup. The price cuts do make sense given the pressure from AMD’s current Ryzen CPU lineup.
There have some rumors before that the 11th Generation Rocket Lake desktop CPU lineup is due to release in Q4 2020, or Q1 2021 next year. So it makes sense for some of the retailers to get rid of current Coffee Lake inventory, given these CPUs are also based on the old LGA1151 platform.
There are currently price cuts on the following SKUs, the Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K, and the Core i5-9600K. The Core i9-9900K which is an eight-core 16-thread processor is now selling for as low $435 at various online retail outlets, including Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg. Next up we have the Core i7-9700K which also sports eight cores, but lacks Hyper-Threading. This particular SKU is selling for just $339 at Amazon. Lastly, the Core i5-9600K can now be bought for $194.99 at Amazon or Best Buy.
Intel appears to be clearing out the current inventory of its 14nm 9th Generation Desktop CPUs to make room for the upcoming ‘Rocket Lake-S’ CPU lineup.
Some more links for quick reference:
- Intel Core i9-9900K 8 Core / 16 Thread Desktop CPU ($435.99 US @ Amazon)
- Intel Core i7-9700K 8 Core / 8 Thread Desktop CPU ($340.00 US @ Amazon)
- Intel Core i5-9600K 6 Core / 6 Thread Desktop CPU ($193.95 US @ Amazon)
- Intel Core i9-9900K 8 Core / 16 Thread Desktop CPU ($439.99 US @ Newegg)
- Intel Core i7-9700K 8 Core / 8 Thread Desktop CPU ($340.00 US @ Newegg)
- Intel Core i5-9600K 6 Core / 6 Thread Desktop CPU ($199.99 US @ Newegg)