Intel 10th-gen Core CPUs get huge value cuts: would you choose extra cores or higher single thread efficiency?

Eagerly awaited: In preparation for the introduction of 11th generation core processors, also known as Rocket Lake, Intel has made significant price cuts to wipe out its inventory of current generation CPUs. This offers consumers some interesting alternatives, especially for gamers looking for a 6- or 8-core CPU.

As we've discussed over the past few weeks, the inventory of AMD Ryzen processors is not that good, which means that some models are not available at all or are being sold at a less attractive price depending on where you live, even above MSRP.

The Core i5-10600K was dropped to $ 189, and you can find them at the Micro Center for that price, while they are available on Amazon and Newegg for a slightly less aggressive $ 225. As usual, the price is a bit higher in Europe, but you can get the 10600K for € 208 at Mindfactory, one of the largest retailers in Germany. This 6-core, 12-thread CPU has a 4.1 GHz base clock, 4.8 GHz boost clock and built-in graphics and is fully unlocked if you have a suitable board.

The Core i7-10700K was also discounted. With new price cuts, this 8-core is reduced to 250 US dollars in the Micro Center or to 299 euros in Mindfactory. With a 3.8 GHz base and 5.1 GHz boost clocks, it brings the competition to the Ryzen 3700X / 3800X models from AMD. For US buyers this is good value, but in Europe prices are comparative and it is up to users to make choices based on platform and performance in a given scenario.

If 8 cores are not enough and you can use 2 more cores in your workloads, the Core i9-10900K is now available for $ 400 from the Micro Center. This is an interesting situation where the 10900K is now cheaper than the 5800X in the US In Europe, where 10900,000 is over $ 400, it is undercut by 5800 times what is currently available for $ 399 here. On Amazon, the 10900K is not that cheap at $ 460 or $ 420 for the 10900KF model.

With these new prices, it seems like it is getting tougher for consumers to choose from, but in this case, it's a good thing as there is more choice between cores, performance, and single-thread performance, and users fine-tune their choices based on their needs can.

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