Intel has lowered the worth of its ninth period Core desktop processors with F and KF designations, which denote parts lacking built-in graphics. Beforehand, the F and KF chips carried the similar pricing as a result of the non-F fashions.
Sooner than we get to the pricing, let’s go over these designations. A “Okay” chip is one with an unlocked multiplier, identical to the Core i9-9900Okay (one in every of many greatest CPUs for gaming). Being able to change the multiplier setting the BIOS might be a big help in overclocking.
The “F” suffix confirmed up earlier this yr, and is reserved for variations of a processor the place the built-in graphics is disabled, identical to the Core i7-9700F. Other than lacking built-in graphics, the alternative specs are the similar as their non-F counterparts. That’s to say, the i7-9700 and i7-9700F have the similar number of CPU cores and threads, the similar base and improve clocks, the similar cache affiliation, and so forth.
Lastly, a “KF” suffix merely means it is every an unlocked processor (as denoted by the Okay) and lacks built-in graphics (as denoted by the F). Our primer out of the way in which by which, proper right here is the model new pricing:
All eight processors are literally cheaper than sooner than, by means of Intel’s official pricing on each one. Sooner than in the meanwhile, however, Intel’s pricing for its F and KF processors was equal to their non-F/KF counterparts. As an illustration, Intel’s official pricing for every the i9-9900Okay and i9-9900KF was listed at $488 sooner than in the meanwhile. Now the pricing on the i9-9900KF is $463, making if $25 cheaper than the 9900Okay.
In apply, retailers provided the graphics-less chips for a bit decrease than their counterparts, regardless that Intel’s pricing did not dictate a disparity. Now the worth variations all through the board are official.
Since Intel’s slide would not guidelines the sooner price elements on any of the fashions, so that is the way in which it breaks down:
- Core i9-9900KF—$463 (down $25 from $488)
- Core i9-9700KF—$349 (down $25 from $374)
- Core i7-9700F—$298 (down $37 from $335)
- Core i5-9600KF—$237 (down $25 from $262)
- Core i5-9500F—$167 (down $25 from $192)
- Core i5-9400F—$157 (down $25 from $182)
- Core i3-9350KF—$148 (down $21 from $169)
- Core i3-9100F—$97 (down $25 from $122)
So, the opening in pricing between the F and KF fashions and their non-F/KF counterparts is $25 on a number of the SKUs. That’s primarily the price Intel is inserting on its built-in graphics, for its ninth gen lineup.
These new prices go into affect immediately, and mirror trays of 1,000 fashions (bulk orders). Which implies retail pricing is susceptible to be a bit larger for specific particular person orders. Do you have to plan on purchasing for a ninth gen chip, use these new price elements as a suggestion.