Coffee Lake tables have fallen in price by 25-30% since June.

Coffee Lake tables have fallen in price by 25-30% since June.
According to the Tom's Hardware resource, Intel has started to reduce prices for Coffee Lake Refresh generation processors. Given the fierce competition from AMD chips based on the Zen 2 architecture, as well as the availability of its own fresh 10th-generation Core processors, prices for the older Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K began to creep down. At least in the Western market.

The cost reduction of up to 25 % on some popular models of Intel processors of the 9th generation was observed in August. However, at that time, this circumstance could be explained by the attempt of the retailers themselves to clear the warehouses of stale Coffee Lake Refresh. Referring to data from the price tracking site CamelCamelCamel, Tom's Hardware resource reports that the current cost of Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K processors has decreased to 360 and 290 US dollars, respectively.

But even at $359.99, the Core i9-9900K model doesn't look like a great buy yet, as the price for the more productive Core i7-10700K in both work and gaming applications is only $20 higher. In addition, the Core i9-9900K uses the "dying" LGA 1151v2 platform. Therefore, the only reason to buy a Core i9-9900K may be the presence of a motherboard with an LGA 1151v2 socket and the desire to use a faster chip instead of some already existing, say, Core i3. If you build a computer from scratch, then a more promising solution is to choose the Core i7-10700K for the LGA 1200 platform. The latter is ready to support the PCIe 4.0 interface — we just need to wait for the Rocket Lake processors, with which it can be implemented.

Performance in gaming applications of the Core i5-10600K model, in turn, can be compared with the Core i7-9700K. However, the i7-9700K is still slightly faster than the new low-end chip in single-threaded and multi-threaded tasks. A few months ago, when the recommended price of the Core i7-9700K was $340, and the Core i5-10600K was sold for $262, the choice in favor of the latter was obvious. However, the Core i7-9700K is currently priced at $290, while the Core i5-10600K model is offered for $280.

Again, the Core i7-9700K may be a good choice for those who already use the LGA 1151v2 platform and would like to upgrade only the processor. For those who are building a new computer, the choice in favor of the 10th-generation Intel Core Comet Lake chip for the LGA 1200 socket is also obvious. Or you can wait a bit and look at the possibility of building a system based on the new AMD Zen 3 processors, which will be presented very soon, on October 8 and will go on sale a little later.
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