Intel fights back against AMD with a price cut for its popular Core i5-9400F budget CPU

By October 8, 2019 No Comments

We’ve observed Intel reply to AMD’s extremely aggressive high-end desktop chips just lately with pricing in point of fact slashed on Cascade Lake-X processors, however there’s additionally been a reaction within the price range enviornment, with Intel losing the costs of its Ninth-generation F and KF-Sequence chips.

That incorporates the preferred Core i5-9400F which is a tempting option to construct the cheap gaming PC round, being a properly reasonably priced CPU with six-cores (six-threads) able to turbo to 4.1GHz.

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It drops the inclusion of built-in graphics – or moderately disables the iGPU, which clearly isn’t an issue in case you have a discrete graphics card anyway – and is thus bought just a little extra affordably than the usual i5-9400 via shops.

And it will have to grow to be even less expensive, now, with Intel losing the advisable worth in the USA from $182 to $157. On-line pricing is already lower than Intel’s advice, and most often pitched across the $140 to $150 mark in the USA (and about the similar in UK kilos) – so optimistically we can see the result of this 14% worth reduce clear out thru to on-line shops in brief order, making the Core i5-9400F much more tempting.

And certainly boosting its attraction within the face of price range CPU challengers from AMD, particularly the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X and 3500 that are allegedly set to be launched imminently.

Cuts throughout the vary

In fact, as we discussed on the outset, the associated fee cuts follow no longer simply to this in style type, however to all Ninth-Technology F and KF-Sequence processors – F-Sequence that means there are not any built-in graphics, and KF being the similar deal apart from those processors are unlocked (so they are able to be overclocked).


On the top-end, which means Intel’s Core i9-9900KF 8-core CPU able to 5GHz spice up can be diminished quite from a advisable worth of $488 to $463, a rather much less spectacular bargain – however nonetheless one thing.

Wish to see all of the related Ninth-gen CPUs in a handy-dandy desk? Oh, pass on then – the next checklist presentations the chips in query with their outdated worth, adopted via the brand new (clearly diminished) worth:

  • Core i9-9900KF: $488 – $463
  • Core i7-9700KF: $374 – $349
  • Core i5-9600KF: $262 – $237
  • Core i3-9350KF: $173 – $148
  • Core i7-9700F: $323 – $298
  • Core i5-9500F: $192 – $167
  • Core i5-9400F: $182 – $157
  • Core i3-9100F: $122 – $97

Theoretically (and stingily), Intel by no means implemented a bargain to those CPUs which ditch built-in graphics, however shops have carried out so. Those chips weren’t designed to be a worth proposition, however moderately to lend a hand Intel maintain inventory shortages, via applying chips which might another way were binned (and we imply actually binned) because of having misguided built-in GPUs.

Through disabling the GPU, Intel can then promote those processors, which paintings another way identically to the practical GPU fashions.

On the other hand, those chips have proved in style sufficient – or certainly in all probability wanted sufficient – to be followed into Intel’s long-term technique, as a result of as Tom’s {Hardware} reviews, the plan is to supply F-Sequence processors going ahead. So we can see those merchandise with 10th-gen desktop CPUs that are set to be launched subsequent yr.

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