Intel’s Comet Lake-S processors only hit the scene this week, but AMD may have stolen what’s left of their thunder in one swift move. Current retail listings suggest that the company has reduced the pricing for its Ryzen 9 3900X chips to $430 or lower – a substantial discount from their original $500 MSRP. This is pretty bad news for Intel’s flagship Core i9-10900K and Core i7-10700K, which are going for over $500 and $400, respectively.
According to Tom’s Hardware and TechPowerUp’s coverage, AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X processors were going for as low as $410 at some point. A few enthusiasts have pointed out that you can even get red team’s 12C/24T chip for just $389 at Microcenter (that seems to be true at the time of this posting).
Echoing our Core i9-10900K review from yesterday, these discounts make it even harder to recommend Intel’s flagship, particularly for those who are less concerned about gaming and more about multi-threaded applications.