It used to be that Intel‘s mainstream LGA 115x platform, whether it be the 2nd Generation Sandy Bridge or the 8th Generation Coffee Lake, were populated by the Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs. But with the upcoming 9th generation, Intel will be introducing the 8-core, 16-thread Core i9-9900k to the mix, and that’s left everyone guessing how much it will affect the pricing of each tier.
Well, we now have some idea of what it will cost. According to an updated price list from a Singapore-based PC component supplier BizGram, and after converting the SGD to USD and subtracting taxes as Redditor Dylan522p did, the pre-tax pricing would be as follows:
- Core i5-9600k: $249.99
- Core i7-9700k: $349.99
- Core i9-9900k: $449.99
For context, the 8th generation i7-8700k came at an SRP of $359 while the i5-8600k came at $259. This new Core i9 will be the cheapest i9 to date, undercutting the Core i9-7900X for the HEDT segment at almost half the price. Mind you, that is a 10-core, 20-thread CPU against the Core i9-9900k’s 8-cores and 16-threads.
These upcoming CPUs from Intel, which are based on a refresh of Coffee Lake, will see some interesting changes. Hyper-Threading will be exclusive to the Core i9 and the Core i7 will instead be an 8-core, 8-thread part.
Bizgram has since updated its pricelist to not include this small teaser, and that may indicate that the pricing is true and were not just place holders.