Intel's Core i9-10900K (opens in new tab) and Core i7-10700K (opens in new tab) (Marvel Avengers Special Edition) are now available for preorder at B&H Photo Video. The chips come with a free game code for the Marvel's Avengers game, a $79.99 value, but should offer the same performance as the existing models. As such, they won't spur any changes to our list of Best CPUs (opens in new tab), but it does add a bit to the value proposition if you're looking for that specific game.
Specification-wise, the special-edition processors are a carbon copy of the standard edition. The novelty lies within the scope of delivery. Instead of the boring blue Intel box, the chips are delivered inside an Avengers-themed packaging designed by Tristan Eaton, a renowned graffiti artist and street art muralist. A commemorative card is also included in the box.
Despite the packaging explicitly stating that the game isn't included, buyers do receive a code to a digital download of Marvel's Avengers game, which debuts on September 4. The Intel Marvel's Avengers Gaming Bundle, as Intel calls it, holds a street value of $79.99 (opens in new tab) and not only gives buyers access to the main game, but to the DLC as well. The Intel-exclusive bundle also includes in-game treats, such as Black Widow's Star-Spangled Outfit, Hulk's Unbreakable Outfit, Iron Man's Relic Armor Outfit, Ms. Marvel's Insta-Fab Outfit and Thor's Dwarven Forged Outfit.
The promotion runs from August 28, 2020 to February 28, 2021. Buyers have until March 31, 2021 to redeem their codes.
B&H Photo Video is selling the Core i9-10900K and Core i7-10700K (Marvel Avengers Special Edition) for $599.99 (opens in new tab) and $406.89 (opens in new tab), respectively. In the case of the Core i9-10900K, the special edition carries a $60 premium since the vanilla Core i9-10900K sells for as low as $529.99 (opens in new tab). The Core i7-10700K, on the other hand, costs the same regardless of the edition.