Intel attempts to take advantage of AMD's Ryzen 5000 shortages with Comet Lake-S discounts
Intel has begun discounting its 10th generation desktop processors in multiple countries. The discounts vary depending on the processor, but they range from US$7.01 with the Core i3-10100 to US$80.01 for the Core i7-10700F. On average, Intel has discounted its Comet Lake-S processors by 11.5% in the US, although the 25.8% saving on the Core i7-10700F drags the average up by a few percentage points. Excluding this outlier, Comet Lake-S processors have dropped by 9.4%.
Meanwhile, Intel has reduced the price of the same processors in Poland by about 13%. All savings are greater than 10% in this instance, but the Core i5-10600KF is out in front with a 22% discount.
Intel is yet to announce that it has begun discounting the Comet Lake-S series, nor do we think it ever will. The release of the Ryzen 5000 series and the impending arrival of Rocket Lake-S processors probably explains the timing of Intel's reductions, though. As it stands, Intel's Comet Lake-S processors remain easier to source than AMD's Ryzen 5000 chipsets.
The Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 7 5800X are slowly coming back into stock, but that is not the case for the Ryzen 9 5900X or Ryzen 9 5950X. The Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 variants continue to trade above MSRP at many retailers too, so it seems a good time for Intel to push its old stock at a discounted rate ahead of Rocket Lake-S.
|Processor||Original price||New price||Saving||Percentage change|
|Core i9 10850K||US$ 429.99||US$ 409.99||US$ 20.00||4.65%|
|Core i9 10900F||US$ 423.00||US$ 387.99||US$ 35.01||8.28%|
|Core i7 10700K||US$ 387.00||US$ 344.99||US$ 42.01||10.86%|
|Core i7 10700||US$335.00||US$ 294.99||US$ 40.01||11.94%|
|Core i7 10700F||US$310.00||US$ 229.99||US$ 80.01||25.81%|
|Core i5 10600K||US$263.00||US$ 229.99||US$ 33.01||12.55%|
|Core i5 10400||US$182.00||US$ 159.99||US$ 22.01||12.09%|
|Core i3 10100||US$122.00||US$ 114.99||US$ 7.01||5.75%|