Earlier this week, Intel quietly began cutting the prices on some of its Core i5 and i7 processors. This happened in the run-up to Ryzen’s launch, and was likely a move to preempt unattractive price comparisons that would otherwise be front and center when Ryzen 7 hit shelves.
Micro Center has adjusted its prices dramatically downward, with the Core i7-7700K falling to $300 from $380, the Core i5-7600K to $200 from $270, and the Core i5-6600K to $179, from $270, HotHardware reports. Even Broadwell-E chips get on the action, with the Core i7-6850K dropping to $550 (down from $700) and the i7-6800K itself now priced at $360, from $500.
It isn’t clear yet if these price cuts are locked in for all Intel’s product lines or if they reflect a temporary Micro Center promotion. As of this writing, none of the list prices for Intel processors have been updated. The Core i7-6850K is still listed with a 1KU price of $617-$628, and Amazon prices don’t seem to reflect this price cut. It’s possible that the Micro Center deals are a test market for Intel to gauge how consumers respond to price cuts with Ryzen now officially available.
Meanwhile, on Amazon, AMD has managed to seize multiple spots on Amazon’s top-selling microprocessor list. First, here’s a screenshot of October 11’s best-selling CPUs, courtesy of Wayback Machine.