Intel is reportedly planning on cutting 8th and 9th Gen processor prices by up to 15%. Sources close to the matter say that motherboard and PC partners have already been notified of the change in pricing structure for Intel’s current and last generation desktop processors, set to occur on the eve of AMD Ryzen 3000 processors much lauded entry into the market.
Intel 8th and 9th Gen chips include all Coffee Lake processors on desktop. These start out at four core chips at the bottom of the stack, but once you get into the i5, i7, and i9 ranges these quickly ramp up to six- and eight-core products. The best of the lot is the Core i9 9900K, an eight-core/16-thread part capable of hitting 5GHz Turbo.
But the decision to drop prices will not be one Intel is making under its own terms. The Core product stack has come under considerable pressure lately from AMD’s Ryzen 3000 processors, set to bring the Zen 2 chiplet design and scalability to the desktop client market. These chips are not even on the market yet, but AMD’s own numbers from CES, Computex, and E3 have proven sufficient enough to get the hype train up to top speed.