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Intel Rocket Lake-S price leak indicates Core i9-11900K to be 10% cheaper than Core i9-10900K and close to Ryzen 7 5800X, but lack of MSRP info makes pricing comparisons difficult

Few retailers have posted price lists for the entire 11th gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. (Image Source: Intel)
Few retailers have posted price lists for the entire 11th gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. (Image Source: Intel)
Pricing information for Intel's upcoming 11th gen Rocket Lake-S chips has leaked on Belgian retailer 2compuite's site. According to prices listed by 2compute, the Core i9-11900K looks to be about 10% cheaper than the Core i9-10900K. However, other retailers seem to show a 10% increase in pricing making it a tad difficult to infer anything until Intel officially announces the MSRPs for Rocket Lake-S some time during end of Q1 2021.

Intel briefly previewed the 11th generation Rocket Lake-S Core i9-11900K at CES 2021 during which the company claimed that the processor will edge-out the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X in gaming. While the Core i9-11900K may indeed have an advantage in gaming, the success of the 11th generation Intel chips will depend a lot on competitive pricing. Rocket Lake-S is still a few months away from availability, but few retailers seem to have already posted retail pricing information.

Belgian retailer 2compute has posted the entire 11th gen pricing list on its website. According to this retailer, the 8C/16T Core i9-11900K will retail for €499.70 (US$604) without VAT and €605 with 21% VAT. The retailer also lists the Core i9-10900K's pricing as €549 (US$664) without and €664.29 with VAT making it nearly 10% dearer than the Core i9-11900K.

Also, the Core i5-11400F is listed at €145.50 (excl. VAT) while the Core i5-11400 retails for €169.40 (excl. VAT). The price difference here is understandable as the Core i5-11400F lacks integrated Xe graphics. Similarly, the Core i9-11900KF is also priced lower compared to the Core i9-11900K at €475.80 (excl. VAT).

Interestingly, 2compute's price list suggests that the reduced prices in 11th gen Rocket Lake-S are only applicable to the Core i9 series. The Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 seem to be priced higher than their Comet Lake-S counterparts.

Though the non-VAT prices of the Core i9-10900K seem to be around U$664 at 2compute, Intel's MSRP official MSRP is at US$499 and Newegg is currently selling it for US$549. In fact, various retailers seem to be quoting different prices for the Core i9-11900K (from @harukaze5719 on Twitter) with only a couple of them showing it priced about 10-11% lower than the Core i9-10900K. Since Intel hasn't officially announced the MSRPs for Rocket Lake-S yet, it is difficult to say which of these prices are closer to what Intel has in mind.

For perspective, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is originally listed for US$450 on Newegg but is currently selling for US$579. 2compute's non-VAT approximate pricing at US$604 for the Core i9-11900K seems to suggest that Intel will look to price Rocket Lake-S very competitively so as to offer a viable alternative to Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 desktop chips.

Intel is expected to launch the Rocket Lake-S lineup by the end Q1 2021. Hopefully, some of the demand and supply issues will even out by then, and we will get to make a more meaningful price comparison.

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Intel Core i9-11900K retail price leak at 2compute. (Image Source: Videocardz)
Intel Core i9-11900K retail price leak at 2compute. (Image Source: Videocardz)
Intel Core i9-10900K retail price at 2compute. (Image Source: Videocardz)
Intel Core i9-10900K retail price at 2compute. (Image Source: Videocardz)
Intel Rocket Lake-S lineup retail price leak at 2compute. (Image Source: @momomo_us on Twitter)
Intel Rocket Lake-S lineup retail price leak at 2compute. (Image Source: @momomo_us on Twitter)
Intel Rocket Lake-S retail pricing at 2compute. (Image Source: @momomo_us on Twitter)
Intel Rocket Lake-S retail pricing at 2compute. (Image Source: @momomo_us on Twitter)
Intel Rocket Lake-S leaked pricing comparison across retailers. (Image Source: @harukaze5710 on Twitter))
Intel Rocket Lake-S leaked pricing comparison across retailers. (Image Source: @harukaze5710 on Twitter))
Intel Comet Lake-S pricing comparison across retailers. (Image Source: @harukaze5710 on Twitter))
Intel Comet Lake-S pricing comparison across retailers. (Image Source: @harukaze5710 on Twitter))

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2021-01-17 (Update: 2021-01-17)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.