We don’t expect massive price drops on a lot of Intel processors during this Cyber Monday and the holiday season. That's because Intel's 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 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, along with live pricing.
Best Intel CPU Deals
Intel Core i5-9400 6 Cores: was $190, now $130 @ Best Buy
It may not be the best when it comes to multi-threaded applications, but for those gamers on a budget, this thing shifts some serious frame rates.
Intel Core i9-9900K: was $500, now $485 @ Amazon
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 $409, now $359 @ B&H
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 i9-9960X 4.4 GHz: was $1699, now $1538 @ Amazon
This is a high-end CPU for a high-end machine. It's a 16 core processor with a max turbo frequency of 4.4 GHz. It's currently on Amazon for 9% off.
Best Intel 660p SSD Deals
Intel 2TB SSD 660p : was $239, now $179 @ 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 $100 @ 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 $55 @ 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.