Intel has announced a price slash for all its F-Series 9th Generation Intel Core desktop processors, but only those with a graphics card will benefit.
Intel’s F-Series chips are essentially identical to the non-F counterparts except from one key area: the integrated graphics engine is disabled.
This means the F-Series Intel Core processors are incapable of functioning without a graphics card, but this won’t be a problem for gamers and professional creatives who likely already own a dedicated GPU.
Related: Intel Core X Series
Bizarrely though, F-Series processors previously weren’t cheaper than those with integrated graphics, so you were paying the same price but for a chip with less versatility and benefits.
Intel has finally amended this issue by slashing the price of F-Series 9th Generation Intel Core CPUs by up to 20%, so you can save money if you’ve already got a discrete graphics card to handle image rendering.
This looks to be a big move by Intel, which has previously been reluctant to reduce the price of current generation processors post launch. The price reduction comes a few months after the launch of the AMD Ryzen 3000 processors, with Intel clearly looking to apply pressure on its long-term rival.
Related: Best Intel Processors
|Processor Number||Base Clock Speed (GHz)||Boost Clock Speed (GHz)||Cores/Threads||Old price||New price|
|Intel Core i9-9900KF||3.6||5.0||8 / 16||$488||$463|
|Intel Core i7-9700KF||3.6||4.9||8 / 8||$374||$349|
|Intel Core i5-9600KF||3.7||4.6||6 / 6||$262||$237|
|Intel Core i3-9350KF||4.0||4.6||4 / 4||$173||$148|
|Intel Core i7-9700F||3.0||4.7||8 / 8||$323||$298|
|Intel Core i5-9500F||3.0||4.4||6 / 6||$192||$167|
|Intel Core i5-9400F||2.9||4.1||6 / 6||$182||$157|
|Intel Core i3-9100F||3.6||4.2||4 / 4||$122||$97|
The Intel Core i9-9900KF is the most powerful and pricey processor of the range, with Intel quoting $463 and Scan retailing the chip for £469.99, which is £30 cheaper than the Intel C0re i9-9900K.
Intel also announced its new Intel Core X Series CPUs, which are powerhouse processors designed with freelance creatives and enthusiasts in mind. The price and performance for X-Series processors are overkill for gamers and creative dabblers, but more consumer focused 10th Generation Intel Core chips are expected to arrive at a later date.