The situation in the desktop processor market is striking. Ryzen 5000 turned out to be super successful, but they were also affected by the shortage and, as a result, the increase in prices by sellers. Yes, you can buy a CPU, but you have to overpay.
For example, on Amazon for Ryzen 5 5600X, they ask for $400 against the recommended 300, and the top-end Ryzen 9 5950X starts at $1,300 instead of $800.
Interestingly, Intel has decided to lower the prices of its 10th Gen Core processors right now. The decision clearly comes from Intel since costs were simultaneously reduced by all major US sellers and to identical values. We are talking about Amazon, BestBuy, and NewEgg.
The new prices look like this:
The decrease is 10-20%, which is a lot depending on the model. Now comes the fun part. For example, the top-end Core i9-10900K is even cheaper than the Ryzen 7 5800X (from $530 on Amazon). On average, they are equal in performance, with the advantage of one model or another depending on the software. For example, the Core i7-10700K comes out cheaper than the Ryzen 5 5600X, while the former is often slightly faster. Yes, Intel processors are now more profitable than the new Ryzen 5000 in terms of price-performance ratio, which has not been the case since the release of the first Ryzen. And even if this is not due to AMD’s greed but to the market situation, consumers do not care in the end.
True, if you wish, you can consider the Ryzen 3000, which is cheaper and easier to buy. And here, the situation will no longer be so unambiguous. For example, the Ryzen 5 3600X starts at $300, and the Core i5-10600K, similar in performance, costs $ 230. That is, the advantage remains in favor of Intel’s solution. The 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X is available for $485 and is faster than the Core i9-10900K.
Also, do not forget that Intel will release the latest Rocket Lake by the end of the quarter, which should be more interesting than current models, and AMD’s new products will remain the current generation at least until the end of the year.
A source: WCCF Tech