Comet Lake-S prices continue to drop: now almost as expensive as AMD Ryzen 3000

Intel lowered the prices of its Core 9000 processors last summer, presumably to remain as competitive as possible with AMD’s counterparts. Now the Core 10000 CPUs are also falling in price. Intel’s products are now almost comparable in price to comparable AMD CPUs.

The Comet Lake-S chips are also proving to be very readily available – so it’s not completely impossible to build a desktop at a time when a good chunk of hardware is hard to get. Tom’s Hardware spotted the price drops first and compares the Comet Lake-S products with Ryzen 5000. In that view, Intel is indeed cheaper: a Core i7 10700K costs at least 335 euros at the time of writing, while the Ryzen 5800X, which also has 8 cores and 16 threads has a minimum cost of 489 euros. Even the Ryzen 5 5600X with 12 threads is more expensive with a minimum price of 370 euros. A better comparison is perhaps the one with the Ryzen 3000 generation, which has also dropped in price. The Ryzen 7 3800X is still slightly cheaper than the Core i7 10700K at a minimum of 314.50 euros. We see this trend in more SKUs.

In total, the Core i7 10700K has fallen in price to a minimum of EUR 335, at the beginning of this year the minimum price was EUR 370. It is now almost 10% cheaper. At the time of writing, the Core i9 10900K is still the most popular Comet Lake processor. It will cost you at least 469 euros, while it was for sale for around 535 euros at the beginning of this year. This chip has therefore fallen in price by about 12%.


Links de Core i7 10700K, rechts de Core i9 10900K.

The price drops do not apply to all chips in this series: the Core i3 10100 with 4 cores and 8 threads, for example, has increased from a minimum of 110 euros to a minimum of 119 euros. The most popular Celeron is the G5900 with 2 cores and 2 threads. It is more volatile in price, but is now about one euro above the minimum price at the beginning of this year at 44.90. Obviously, the profit margins on the lower positioned products will be less than on the more powerful products, which is clearly visible in the prices.

Finally, the shortages can play a role. A consumer who wants to put together a more powerful system but cannot get hold of a processor could buy a budget chip to later swap it out for a more powerful CPU.


Some chips, such as the Core i3 10100, have hardly become cheaper.

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