Header Ads

Breaking News

Retailers Jack Up Pre-Order Prices for Intel's Rocket Lake CPUs

(Credit: Intel)

Pre-orders for Intel’s upcoming “Rocket Lake” CPUs start today, and if you plan to buy, brace yourself for some high prices.

Major retailers are charging an extra $75 to $119 more than Intel’s suggested retail pricing for the processors, making them even more expensive than AMD’s competing Ryzen 5000 CPUs. For example, the most powerful Rocket Lake CPU, the Core i9-11900K, is going for $614.50 on B&H Photo Video and $613 on Newegg—a substantial increase from the $539 recommended price. 

B&H Photo Video

Yuck. (Credit: B&H Photo Video)

Meanwhile, Micro Center is pricing the Core i7-11700K at $519, up from the $399. The retailer has also decided to open pre-orders for the Core i5-11600K at $319, an increase from $262. 

Micro Center

Credit: Micro Center

Retailers are likely pricing the Intel chips at a premium due to limited supplies. On Tuesday, Intel released official specs for the chips, which include the company’s suggested pricing.

Intel spec sheet

Credit: Intel

At first glance, it looks like the Rocket Lake chips will be more affordable than AMD’s Ryzen 5000 CPUs. However, Intel’s recommended pricing is predicated on the wholesale buyer purchasing at least 1,000 chips in bulk. 

The inflated pre-order costs are bound to turn off PC builders, especially as AMD’s Ryzen 5600X and 5800X processors are starting to become readily available on retailers’ websites. At the same time, some retailers are also offering sizable discounts on last year’s 10th generation Intel chips. For example, Amazon is currently pricing the Core i7-10700KF at $264, down from $361.  

In the meantime, it’s best to hold off on buying the Rocket Lake chips until closer to launch day, March 30, when more supplies of the CPUs will likely arrive. But if you must pre-order, Newegg is also selling the i7-11700K and i5-11600K for only $20 to $30 more than Intel’s recommended retail pricing.

Source Link

No comments