Intel’s Raptor Lake processors might be a little more expensive than current-gen Alder Lake chips, at least going through some price leaks that surfaced on Amazon – but as always, there are serious caveats here.
Regular Twitter-based leaker @momomo_us has seen Intel’s Core i9-13900KF listed on Amazon UK, as well as the 13700K and 13700KF in addition to the 13600KF.
The product listings have since been taken down, but not before the leaker took screenshots, giving us evidence of the relative prices for these chips, with the 13900KF coming in at £750 in the UK (about $800, AU$1,230).
The 13700K weighed in at 547 pounds (about $585, AU$900) and the 13600KF at 349 pounds (about $370, AU$570), so it all feels distinctly expensive. As Technology Energization (opens in new tab)who spotted the tweet, points out that this is substantial markup on Alder Lake processors, but before we get carried away with that notion, let’s discuss the caveats mentioned.
Analysis: Placeholder pricing, but still a worrying tip
The vine has been talking about Intel raising prices for Raptor Lake for some time now. Team Blue itself has stated that prices for some of its chips are going up in the near future – and that will do nothing to assuage those fears.
However, generally speaking, leaks like these early product listings use placeholder pricing, so they don’t reflect the actual MSRPs (recommended prices) that Intel will set on Raptor Lake CPUs. That said, this is perhaps a decent estimate and indicative of the direction a major retailer expects prices to go – so a worrying sign in that regard.
If Intel It is going to push prices, it’s likely to be on the higher-end processors, as that’s where enthusiasts – the target audience – will likely be willing to fork out more, of course. And given that the 12900K is still selling for around £620 (around $660, AU$1,020) or more, it might be possible that the 13900K ends up going for over £700 (around $750, AU$1,150). ). We certainly wouldn’t rule that out, although if Intel raises prices with its 13th gen, what we expect is that it will leave mid-range (and low-end) CPUs alone, and that they will have a similar impact on wallets as their 13th-gen counterparts. Alder Lake.
So when we review the Core i5-13600KF at £349 (about $370, AU$570), it’s about a 28% increase compared to what you can currently buy at the 12600KF. It’s obviously not that much of a jump compared to the price the latter originally arrived at, but still, fingers crossed, we won’t see a breakthrough with mid-tier pricing.
Keep in mind that Intel must compete with AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors, and notably Team Red has kept prices on par with current-gen CPUs, so Intel will compete against the Ryzen 5 7600X in the mid-range with a price tag of $299 (about £280, AU$460).
AMD even lowered the price of the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X compared to the 5950X, and no doubt that could make it difficult for Intel to push too hard with its flagship Raptor Lake. But who knows how this will pan out, as much will depend on how well these CPUs stack up against each other – although the battle looks pretty much like rumored to be so far.
Perhaps one of the most important takeaways from this Amazon price leak is that this is more fuel for the fire that Raptor Lake is on sale sooner than expected. Speculation has firmly pointed to 13th-gen processors being released tomorrow at Intel’s innovation event, but rumor has it that the chips won’t hit shelves until the second half of October.
However, we’ve seen a sharp increase in the amount of leaks lately, including several benchmarks spilled for the Raptor Lake main processor and a sighting of the alleged packaging for the 13900K (which changes things up a bit). And if Amazon is preparing product listings now, that suggests we could see the Raptor Lake on sale in early October, right after the Ryzen 7000 – which is definitely what Intel should be aiming for. In fact, pre-orders might even start after the big reveal tomorrow, and at least we’ll know what price level it’s launching at.