Intel lowers per Core pricing

Most probably in response to AMD’s Ryzen 3000-series chips, the company announced this week that it would drop the pricing of its graphics-less F-series chips by $25

Intel’s has been slow to respond to AMD’s Ryzen pricing. Instead, the company has slowly added more cores to its processor families with the release of new models in the 9th generation and announcing 10th generation chips. What this amounts to is lower per-core pricing for all the newer chips and discontinuing older chps (Not price competitive). The company has also added more features to some of its chips, like exposing more PCIe lanes for the downstream models.

Intel’s F-Series chips come with disabled internal graphics due to manufacturing defects that would normally render the chips unusable. The F-Series chips arrived with no formal announcement from the company in December 2018 as the company was mired in the throes of its continuing shortage of 14nm production capacity. At the time of release, the chips came with absolutely no discount over their counterparts.

Selling these chips allowed for the company to boost production, though the company never formally announced that the chips would remain a part of its strategy. As part of today’s announcement, the company also said it would add F-Series chips to its long-term roadmaps, meaning enthusiasts will have budget options in the next generations of Intel’s processors.

Integrated graphics do come in handy for QuickSync, troubleshooting, or if your graphics card fails, but under most conditions, the disabled graphics unit doesn’t have an impact as these chips basically offer the same performance but without the graphics.

The price cuts impact both the unlocked “KF” and locked “F” models.

The price cuts are effective today for Intel’s 9th-generation F-Series processors that are already in the market. As before highly recommend reading in places like Tom’s Hardware and Paul Alcorn, also sites such as AnandTech, and Tech Radar etc…. to get more details and specifics.

AMD announces availability for Ryzen 9 3900

Hello now the chip is officially launched or so they imply. AMD announced the Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 5 3500X with not a lot of information and only for OEM and system integrator (SI) customers only. The 3900 is available globally, while the 3500X is only available in China.

Ryzen 9 3900 Specifications and Availability

AMD designed the Ryzen 9 3900 to offer most of the 12-core, 24-threaded horsepower of the impressive Ryzen 9 3900X, but with a much lower 65W TDP range then its bigger brother, which sucks down 105W.

The 3900’s reduced power is due to a lower 3.1 GHz base clock than the 3.8 GHz on the 3900X. AMD also lowered the boost clock to 4.3 GHz. Aside from those alterations, the Ryzen 9 3900 is identical to the 3900X, and both support overclocking.

That means the Ryzen 9 3900 could theoretically offer similar performance to the chronically-understocked Ryzen 9 3900X. AMD also recently announced the PRO variant of the 3900, which sports the same specifications.

It’s really a shame this processor isn’t going to be available in the retail market as it would mean a better value for budget builders, particularly for small form factor builds. However as it stands now, this chip will only come in pre-built systems.

3900X at $499 usd, 3900 at unknown price for now, Pro 3900 also unknown for now, Ryzen 7 3700X 8cores/16 threads at $329, Ryzen 5 3600 6/12 at $199, etc…


Here’s AMD’s announcement on the matter:

“The Ryzen 9 3900, now available globally, and Ryzen 5 3500X, available in China only, enjoy the features of current Ryzen 3000 series processors, letting OEM and SI partners take full advantage of AMD’s most advanced CPU platform. Both Ryzen processors offer powerful gaming and high-speed productivity performance, support industry leading PCIe 4.0, AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive and Ryzen Master Utility, and, like all Ryzen 3000 processors, are fully unlocked for performance tuning.”

AMD isn’t sharing pricing for these chips. As OEM models, they are largely bought in volume purchases only. As such, we don’t expect the company to share pricing information any time soon. Both chips are available to OEMs now.