Competition in the CPU sector is fierce, so much so that Intel has had to cut the price of the Core 9000 up to 25% to improve the value and competitiveness of these processors against AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series.
It is important to note that the price drop of the Core 9000 has had the same impact in all markets, in fact has been a little less bulky in Spain, but in any case it has been evident and has been noted quite clearly.
According to the chip giant, this decision has been taken as a promotion, which means that the price drop for the Core 9000 might not be permanent. That said, let’s take a look at the prices of the processors that have been hit the most, and the price of their direct rivals from AMD.
- Core i9 9900K– It has 8 cores and 16 threads, and competes with the Ryzen 7 3800X, which has a average price of 330 euros. It has been lowered to 429.99 euros.
- Core i7 9700K– It has 8 cores and 8 threads, and competes with the Ryzen 7 3700X, although the latter has 16 threads and an average price of 300 euros. Has been downgraded to 349.90 euros, although we can find it in some stores for a few 330 euros.
- Core i5 9600K: It has 6 cores and 6 threads, and competes with the Ryzen 5 3600X, although the latter has 12 threads and has a medium price 212 euros. Has remained below 200 euros.
Why has Intel dropped the price of the Core 9000?
We have already given you the short answer, to better compete with AMD’s Ryzen 3000, but let’s see the long answer since, certainly, it is much more interesting.
On the one hand, we must bear in mind that lowering the price of the Core 9000 improves the value they offer in cost-performance, something that should contribute to boost sales of those processors and help Intel clean up stock.
After these discounts the Core 9000 are in a more interesting position, especially for those who want build gaming-centric teamsas Intel Core 9000 processors offer slightly better gaming performance thanks to their higher clock frequencies and high overclocking margin.
This is the short-term analysis, but if we look at the medium and long term we will understand these reductions even better. TOMD plans to present its Zen 3 architecture in a few months, probably between October and November. This architecture will shape the Ryzen 4000, a line of high-performance general consumer processors that promises exceed by up to 20% the CPI of the Ryzen 3000, maintaining the core count and improving consumption.
In effect, that means that the Ryzen 4000 will, in theory, be much more powerful than the Ryzen 3000, and will also outperform Intel’s 9th and 10th Gen Core on all fronts. Until the launch of its new architecture, known as Rocket Lake-S, the chip giant could be in a difficult position, a situation that they have already begun to anticipate by moving prices, in fact I think that this reduction in the price of the Core 9000 could be just the beginning.
Lowering the price of the Core 9000 will help Intel clean up stock, but I do not rule out that we will see in the coming months an analogous movement applied to the tenth generation Core based on the Comet Lake-S architecture. What can I say, the competition is fantastic for consumers, thanks to it we can find high-performance processors with a high core count at prices that a few years ago we would not have dared to dream of.