when will cpu prices drop
when they release new ones ?
Cuecuemore is pretty much dead on. Neither company really drops prices anymore. Even when a new line comes out the old models might drop $20 but then you are behind a generation to save $20.
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Intel CPUs generally hold their values. They do go down overtime, but not by much. For example, I think the Core i5-2500k had an initial release price of $235. It is currently selling for $220.
Over the past several years, AMD CPUs have decreased more than Intel CPUs because of overall lower performance. In think AMD's FX-9xxx series dropped by over $400 - $500 from the initial prices. The FX-8150 was originally released at $240 or $245 and currently sells for $200. The FX-8350 was released for about $235 I think and sells for $195 - $200 now.