Just yesterday we were discussing some of the possible moves Intel might count on to counter AMD’s aggressive push into the CPU market with the launch of the Ryzen processors. It seems like just around the time the article was published, the expected Intel vs AMD prices war had already begun with the former significantly slashing the prices of many of the frontline chips across its portfolio.
We are hearing that Intel’s both mainstream and budget tier processors are now selling much cheaper at several retailers. The move comes less than a week before the expected commercial availability of AMD’s Ryzen family, which, as you know, has been talk of the town since its launch earlier this week.
Go visit Microcenter.com, and you will find a number of Intel processors selling at significantly reduced prices. These ‘discounted’ products include processors from the extended Kaby Lake, Skylake, and even Haswell families. Here’s a list of all the CPUs that have undergone an insane price cut at the retail platform:
- Intel Core i7-6950X ($1599 US) – $300 Discount
- Intel Core i7-6900K ($999 US) – $200 Discount
- Intel Core i7-6850K ($549 US) – $150 Discount
- Intel Core i7-6800K ($359 US) – $140 Discount
- Intel Core i7-5820K ($319 US) – $100 Discount
- Intel Core i7-7700K ($299 US) – $80 Discount
- Intel Core i7-6700K ($259 US) – $140 Discount
- Intel Core i7-4790K ($279 US) – $90 Discount
- Intel Core i7-7700 ($289 US) – $50 Discount
- Intel Core i7-6700 (259 US) – $90 Discount
- Intel Core i5-7600K ($199 US) – $70 Discount
- Intel Core i5-6600K ($179 US) – $$90 Discount
- Intel Core i5-4690K ($189 US) – $70 Discount
- Intel Core i5-7500 ($189 US) – $30 Discount
- Intel Core i5-6500 ($179 US) – $50 Discount
- Intel Core i5-4590 ($159 US) – $60 Discount
- Intel Core i3-7350K ($159 US) – $20 Discount
- Intel Core i3-7100 ($114 US) – $15 Discount
- Intel Core i3-6100 ($109 US) – $20 Discount
- Intel G4400 ($49.99 US) – $20 Price Discount
- Intel G3258 ($49.99 US) – $27 Price Discount
The new development echoes all those previous assessments predicting an intense price war between the two companies following the launch of Ryzen. It’s obvious that Intel has already figured that Ryzen has all the necessary ingredients to put a serious question mark over its almost a decade-long dominance in the semiconductor industry.
AMD has surpassed their own expectations of 40% IPC by cranking Ryzen’s performance all the way up to 52% IPC. That, along with the fact that nothing much is happening in the Intel camp at this juncture — except for a possible upgrade to the 8th-generation lineup later this year — is a good enough reason for the company to go toe-to-toe with AMD in terms of affordable pricing.
Finally, since Intel has already started lowering the prices of its processors, it may as well look to outshine AMD in the latter’s own game. Don’t forget that Intel might launch two ‘mainstream’ processor lineups later this year — Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X for HEDT and Coffee Lake). So, if the prevalent assessments at this point are indeed accurate, odds are high we will get to see the new Intel products coming with price tags similar to those of the Ryzen chips, while perhaps simultaneously delivering a far superior performance over Broadwell-E parts.