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Intel could just drop their prices, but it looks like Intel will [also] rush out their 8th-gen stuff this year, even though it's still on 14mm: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/02/intel-coffee-lake-14...



It will be a very interesting match to witness. Intel will have to act under pressure while saying goodbye to a huge sum of money.


Just saw this, looks like Intel is already dropping prices significantly: http://wccftech.com/intel-amd-price-war-ryzen-processors/

If you were on the verge of getting a 7700k or something, it looks like now is the time to buy (or give Ryzen a shot!).

Personally I'm willing to pay a bit more to give Ryzen a chance, because hopefully it will lead to sustained competition in this space again. A $500 8-core CPU is more than I need for gaming right now, but given that my 2500k has been great for 6 years, I don't have a problem spending $2k on a PC every 4-6 years for really great performance.


> Just saw this, looks like Intel is already dropping prices significantly: http://wccftech.com/intel-amd-price-war-ryzen-processors/

Those are Microcenter's normal prices - they have always sold Intel processors significantly under normal pricing as a loss-leader (not sure if it's an actual loss). They will also knock another $30 off if you buy a motherboard at the same time.

https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/comments/5cvz4z/cpu_i...

For example, they have been running 6700Ks for $260-280 since before Christmas. They sold Kaby Lake 7700Ks for $330 once those launched, now they're down to $300. This is just the normal Microcenter pricing life-cycle.

But, that's the kind of "journalism" you come to expect from WCCFTech. They will literally publish any random garbage someone writes up.


Those prices match Intel promotions and bonus gifts Intel ordinarily offers to big distributors for pushing hi-end product (CPU and Chipsets). There is nothing suggesting Microcenter is running a loss on this, they might have a very thin margin, or even sell at 0 and only count Intel gifts as a potential profits (Intel will give distributors gifts like "free" SSDs for selling X number of expensive parts). Its all in the spirit of tactics that were killing AMD in ~2002 and lead to Intels monopoly trial, just made a little more subtle this time.




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