We don’t expect massive price drops on a lot of Intel processors during this Cyber Monday deals and holiday season. That's because Intel already dropped prices recently on its mainstream and high-end desktop (HEDT) CPUs, as it continues to struggle with manufacturing shortages and high demand.
That said, where you might find more and better deals from Intel this Cyber Monday and holiday seasons is in storage.
Intel’s 660p M.2 NVMe SSD has been one of the lowest priced solid-state drives since soon after its launch, with frequent sale prices pushing it below 10 cents per gigabyte. It’s often priced below nearly all SATA-based drives, despite being significantly faster thanks to its PCIe interface. It is a QLC drive, so its endurance isn’t as high as many other drives. However, the drive has plenty of rated write cycles for most to not to have to worry about it.
Of course, we'd love to see deals on Intel’s Optane SSD 905P. But that drive’s speed is in a class of its own (at least on the consumer side), so there’s little reason for prices to drop. It’s expensive because nothing else can get close to it, and we don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the Intel CPUs and SSDs that we expect might go on sale this season, along with live pricing and the price at which we'd consider that chip a deal. If you see any of these CPUs or drives below our suggested deal threshold, you can snatch it up with confidence that you’re getting a deal for your hard-earned build money.
Best Intel CPU Deals
Best Buy is offering up the Core i7-9700K for the lowest price we've seen yet: a penny under $300.
Intel Core i7-9700K: Was $339, now $299 @ Best Buy
With its 4.9GHz single-core boost and eight physical cores, the Core i7-9700K delivers the best frame rates of any CPU we've tested. You can grab it from Best Buy for about $40 less than its normal sale price.
Intel Core i9-9900K: $489.99 @ Newegg
Thanks to competition from AMD and the slightly faster Core i9-9900KS, this eight-core chip is currently selling for around $472, lower than it’s ever been. If you can find it for less than $470, it’s well worth considering.
Intel Core i7-9700K: was $400, now $379 @ Adorama
This excellent gaming CPU used to have around $400, but it’s currently selling for $379. If you see it for much below that, it’s a good time to buy.
Intel Core i5-9600KF: was $240, now $207 @ Newegg
This six-core speedster used to sell for $240 or more. Recently, we’ve seen it dip to as low as $190. Anything less than that is a good deal.
Best Intel 660p SSD Deals
Intel 2TB SSD 660p : was $249.99, now $189.99 @ B&H
In this highest-capacity model, pricing usually hovers just below or above the $200 mark. That price is pretty good, but we’ve seen model drop as low as $190, and occasionally even lower for brief periods. If you can find it below $190, it’s worth snatching up.
Intel 1TB SSD 660p : was $199, now $82 @ Newegg
The 1TB mid-capacity model has dropped as low as $85 on Newegg. If you can find it at that price or below, it’s a good deal.
Intel 512GB SSD 660p : was $100, now $64 @ Newegg
The half-terabyte model usually sits around the $60 mark, with frequent dips to around $55. $50 would be an all-time low, and a great price for a speedy budget boot drive.