Report: Intel CPU Price Cuts Coming in H2 2020

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Intel will cut prices of its CPUs (opens in new tab)in the second half of the year in order to defend its market position, DigiTimes (opens in new tab) reported today citing unnmaed "PC makers" as its sources. 

Intel has historically kept price cuts to a minimum. Over the last two years, however, that's changed, with some thanks due to the aggressive competition from AMD.

The most shocking of these price cuts was in October, when Intel announced the Cascade Lake-X CPUs with up to a 50% price cut (opens in new tab) immediately at launch. The move was thought to be an attempt to battle AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X (opens in new tab), which brought 16-cores (opens in new tab)and 32-threads to the X570 platform for just $750.

One example was the Intel Core i9-10980XE, which was $979 compared to$1,999 for its previous-gen counterpart. Despite that, in our i9-10980XE review (opens in new tab) we weren't impressed with the refreshing of a dated platform. 

It may be a bit much to hope for another price cut from Intel. But AMD is still gaining on Intel (opens in new tab), which is a trend that's expected to continue (opens in new tab).

Any sign of cheaper CPUs (opens in new tab) is  welcomed by those building a PC (opens in new tab). Of course, buying a CPU (opens in new tab) is only a part of the expense. And although we might see price cuts there later in the year, DRAM (opens in new tab)and NAND prices are expected to rise (opens in new tab) this year, making it more attractive to purchase RAM (opens in new tab) and shop SSDs (opens in new tab) today.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • anik55
    Still there is chance to cut Intel processors price in later 2020 ? I am thinking about core i5 9400F processor but due to corona incedent price has increased a bit. If Intel have chance to cut their processor's price again in this year then I will wait for it. Or there is chance that price may increase due to corona in late 2020 ? Thanks in advance
  • TerryLaze
    Admin said:
    Intel, looking to secure its market position, will reportedly cut CPU prices later this year.
    Intel CEO: "OMG we are only making twice the net income we usually do, we need to drop prices on our CPUs...ASAP"

    More logical, the 11th gen is supposed to come out at the end of the year and if the trend of more cores/threads at the same price point continues you could take that as a price cut.