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Intel Core i9 9900K 8-Core, 16-Thread, $483 + Delivery ($0 with Prime) @ Amazon US via Amazon AU


Cheapest historically, even cheaper than Newegg's BF deal @ $517. Cheaper still when combined with cashback / zippay / whatever.

In before Ryzen, Gen 10… Note this is a deal ONLY if you have a 300 series Intel chipset where upgrading to Zen 3 / Gen 10 makes no sense.

It should also have decent resale value down the track as people stuck on 300 series mobo with an a low end processor upgrades to this CPU.

Imagine, this is selling for only $100 more than a USED i7 7700k on ebay!!!

About this item

*8 Cores/ 16 Threads
*Up to 5.0 GHz Unlocked
*Compatible with Intel 300 Series chipset based motherboards
*Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology
*Supports Intel Optane Memory, no thermal solution included

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  • Whoa I wish I needed another.. Great deal

  • God damn Zen 3, a few months ago I would have salivated over a deal like this lol

    Hoping 5800X hits ~$550 on some specials in a few months.

    • Unless Intel get their shit together (unlikely) AMD probably won't be rushing to discount their 7nm parts, which is already in chronic short supply… One can always hope though.

      • Rumours are Intel has pushed their 11th gen forward to early 2021 and that it'll compete with the new AMD CPU's in terms of performance. They'll be neck & neck hopefully and that should mean discounts for both as they aim for Q1, Q2 sale targets.

        • +13 votes


        • It will take about 5 years before Intel will be competitive again. And that's if they get it right. They have to go back to the drawing board and redesign their CPUs. They've had the same design for about 10 years that's why Apple saw Intel's issues and went on its own or it too would have gone down with the Intel ship.

          • @Homobargainien: Apple made their own chip for entirely different reasons. Mostly money, and also to make the move to arm and a design they (nearly) fully own.

            • @incipient: To create a microprocessor is not easy even for Apple who outsources most of its needs. I know in simple terms everyone says Apple is making its own chips but they don't. The chips are manufactured by one of its biggest partners by a company called TSMC who has the capability to make 10nm chips right now and moving towards 5nm in the near future. Intel can't catch up to them for some time.

              AMD is not the right partner for Apple because their phone business is substantially larger than their computer business and so they needed the support of a company in that space (TSMC and their experience with ARM chips).

              What this tells me (moving away from Intel) is that Apple is counting on the power and rise cloud processing and less powerful standalone systems that use little power. So in the short term they are risking being pushed out of the powerful computer category. The i9 i7 categories. But they don't sell a huge number of those systems anyway.

              • @Homobargainien: licensing ARM is being more widely adopted , especially as more software is based on open source. cloud providers in china are starting to use ARM in their DCs so they don’t need to pay the premium to Intel. Apple have done it so now they have 18 hr battery life on the new mac laptops. mobile devices and battery life are a big driver if you don’t need or want a desktop.

              • @Homobargainien: What are you talking about? TSMC is making 5nm for Apple right now. They're at 7nm for AMD. Where did you get the 10nm from?

                • @reloxation: What?? TSMC is making 5nm M1 chips for Apple right now.

                • @reloxation: A chip for a mobile device is not the same as a PC. AMD has done it for larger devices (computers) and TSMC for smaller devices like phones. But they haven't done it for both at the same time. The M1 is surprising because It's borrowing from mobile device technology and yet it shows how far that side has come because it can actually be powerful enough for a larger device but it can't come anywhere near something like a Ryzen 5000 series.

                  • @Homobargainien: You stated: "a company called TSMC who has the capability to make 10nm chips right now and moving towards 5nm in the near future." As I said, this is incorrect. They are already doing 7nm desktop and 5nm for the M1. Obviously the architecture is not the same, but the process needed to manufacture the wafers is largely the same as far as I know. Completely agree with you regarding the rest of your reply, Ryzen 5000 is truly something. Excited for AMD's 5nm release in a year I think…

                    • @reloxation: I think we are both right but saying slightly different things. You are correct that TSMC make 7nm and 5nm. What I'm trying to say is that all the TSMC architecture is really supposed to be for smaller devices but it has become so powerful that it's creeping across now to the less powerful more standard computer devices. So it's starting to eat into Intel's lower end market. However the TSMC architecture is not meant for mainstream and powerful computers so on that front AMD is the leader.

                      • @Homobargainien: No, you are not right. TSMC doesn't have its own architecture, it is simply a fab. ARM is the architecture used in "smaller devices." Yes, ARMs power efficiency in a small package is attractive to the consumers who require less device-based power and instead utilise cloud-based processing more. Your final line

                        "However the TSMC architecture is not meant for mainstream and powerful computers so on that front AMD is the leader."

                        makes absolutely zero sense…

                        Edit: you are confusing TSMC (a semiconductor fabricator) with ARM, a UK based company that designs "a family of reduced instruction set computing (RISC) architectures for computer processors, configured for various environments."

            • @incipient: I think the main driver is Apple obsession for end-to-end control over its hardware and software. The noble underlying reason is because they want to ensure quality rather than money.

              Apple was frustrated with how buggy Intel CPU was:


          • @Homobargainien: It's not the design, they don't have anywhere to build them.

            Their 10nm process was meant to be functional at least 2 years ago. It failed, yields are low so it's only used for low clockspeed mobile parts.

            They could build 7nm parts by outsourcing just like AMD, but that's not their business model.

        • They'll be neck & neck hopefully and that should mean discounts for both as they aim for Q1, Q2 sale targets.

          there's no point in discounting something if stock flies out in less than a minute at full MSRP. That's just throwing money away. It's going to stay full priced until anyone can walk into a store and buy one.

          The two of them don't need to compete on price because both will sell all their available stock irrespective of price. What I see going forward is less competition, not more. Prices are going to stay up and neither AMD, Intel or Nvidia feel any need to cut prices. They will cite reasons of covid and bots as the reason why things sell out instantly.

      • Intel is a big company, like 10 times bigger than AMD, they'll be back.

  • +2 votes

    Amazing deal if sitting on a 9100/9400 or 8th gen

    • people upgrade within the same gen?

      With intel each gen is so incremental, I wait at least 4 gens for an upgrade. Even still it's incremental. That 2500k from 8 gens ago remains a work horse.

      • +3 votes

        Going from 4 cores 4 threads to 8 cores 16 threads without changing anything else can be substantial. Not for everyone though, correct.

        • it took how many gens before intel finally gave 6 cores? I believe that was 8th gen. So for 7 gens (plus the Core 2 series before that), they felt 4 cores was all we deserved. Until AMD introduced Ryzen. That's what triggered intel to finally increase the number of cores beyond 4. They treated us like chumps. If you had a 2500k with a good OC, you could keep it for 6 years and there was no worthwhile upgrade because intel were so complacent.

          I think I'm finally done with intel for good. Previously there were just no alternatives.

          • +2 votes

            @lostn: All fair points.

            Still a good deal considering it's all time low and someone with an 8100 can upgrade to it just replacing chip. It's like someone upgrading from a 3100 to a 5900x

            • @Dcol: yes, the motherboard chipset has always been a nuisance for upgrades …..you wanted to upgrade CPU and has to get new MB if it was more then 2 years old as the production lines were used for new gen CPU.

              bigger reasons to change mother boards for me is new version of USB or storage slots e.g NVME or wifi 6 , etc. not sure how many cores i’m using vs cores i own and if i’d upgrade just to get more cores.

      • Still rockin my 2500K OC'ed to 4ghz..

        Cant bring myself to upgrade from perfectly working system.

      • With intel each gen is so incremental, I wait at least 4 gens for an upgrade.

        That's why it's usually better to upgrade within the same gen. Going from an i5 4670k to an i7 4790k was better than going i5 4670k to a i5 7600k…

        Or traditionally was, obviously changing since 8th gen following Ryzen competition.

      • Dont forget a decent mobo can cost $300 - 400. When you upgrade across gen, you are throwing away the mobo. Resale value on a mobo 4 gen old is pretty abysmal. Whereas a used cpu can be easily shipped globally, old mobos are too heavy to worth the postage most of the times.

        There is arguably more performance uplift going from low end to high end of the same gen than high ends across 2 or even 3 gens.

        Case in point, why do you think people are paying $350 + postage for a 7700k?

        • There is arguably more performance uplift going from low end to high end of the same gen than high ends across 2 or even 3 gens.

          I already buy higher end. I don't get i3 or i5, so there's nowhere up to go from within the same gen. I'm honestly surprised people do this. If they add up the price of their i3/i5 and the second hand $350 i7 down the line, it would be cheaper to just buy the i7 to begin with.

          Case in point, why do you think people are paying $350 + postage for a 7700k?

          Honestly, I think they're mugs. You can get a new CPU for not much more.

          • @lostn:

            If they add up the price of their i3/i5 and the second hand $350 i7 down the line, it would be cheaper to just buy the i7 to begin with

            A mid-gen upgrade can work if you wait long enough and avoid the top i7 (both of which make sense for most gamers):

            E.g.: I bought an i3-2100 (2-core 4-thread sandy bridge) in 2011 because I couldn't afford anything better. But I didn't actually find any games it couldn't handle at 1080p 60FPS (Medium settings right up to Ultra, depending on the game) until 2018. No joke.

            That's how little single-core clock speed advances these days, and how long it took for game engines to substantially utilise more than 2 cores. (It wasn't even a normal PC game that I couldn't run fast enough, in the end, it was an emulator).

            By that time, the i5-3570 (4-core ivy bridge) was $30. (Bought it; that PC is still gaming, my kids use it, 90% of our games are fine on it). No need for new mobo or RAM. So it actually was cheaper than trying to buy an i5-3570 at launch.

            The very top flagship CPU is never the best value for money. If you only buy those, you probably don't fully appreciate that you're spending 2-3 times as much for a very similar gaming experience. Don't buy into the hype (unless you're loaded or really need it).

            • @ItsMeAgro: Same here, except I started out with a 3570k in my first build in 2012 - it just lasted and lasted though hey. (I still have two 3570s just laying around tbh)

              My Mobo died years later and I got a free mobo and 3770 to replace it from my sister's partner (they'd upgraded twice since then) and it's still going SO well. I mean, the HD7950 was replaced with a used rx 570 in Jan this year ($100) and Fortnite still stays 120+, commonly sitting on 144.

              I've changed back to the 3570k once, but it didn't seem to be as good as I remember and I switched it back. To be fair, my 3770 (again, NON k), hits and stays 4.0ghz on all cores, the 3570k would go well beyond that, but I don't find it worth anymore.

  • I want to make a new computer build and don't keep up with the latest stuff anymore. Would this be good for a powerful 4k/2k build with a 3070??

    • This is a powerful chip either way you look at it. Can't go wrong.

    • Ryzen would be better value for a new PC.

    • What are you using the computer for? If it's primarily gaming, the 5600X is better at around the same price as this without a discount. Also the X570 Tomahawk has no competition at a similar price point in terms of longevity from the Z490 boards on the Intel side.

      The RTX 3070 is PCIe 4.0, all the Intel boards currently don't support that with this CPU. Although there's barely any difference right now in performance between running the 3070 on PCIe 4.0 vs 3.0, for future upgrades it might, when you want to upgrade your GPU down the line for example in 2 years time.

      • Ok, so the 5600x has slightly better performance than this CPU and the same price point and will inherently support PCIe4.0 for futureproofing?

        • 5600X performs higher in gaming than even Intel 10th gen CPU's. And yes it supports PCIe 4.0 for both the nVME drives and videocards.

      • So for MSFS2020 is the 5600X a better card overall?

      • PCIE 3/4 has absolutely no difference in benchmarks, and the GPUs aren't saturating the bandwidth either way.

        GPUs have never saturated PCIE lanes.

        And also to correct what was said, the 3070 WILL work on Intel boards, and suffer no performance difference.

        • Suggest you read the comment again, I already said everything you said here. But for longevity, future PCIe 4.0 cards might gain benefits from PCIe 4.0 features & bandwidth. Usually in the lifespan of a high-end PC for gaming, the videocard is what changes most. For example, I've gone from a Radeon 280x, to GTX 1070, to 2070 Super, to possibly a 3080 next year with the same system. I might upgrade CPU/Motherboard/RAM, but since I game at 4K (and I'm mostly GPU bound and not CPU bottlenecked at 4K 60Hz), I could wait for deals on Zen 3 later, or maybe even wait for the first DDR5 boards & Zen 4 chips.

          • @Fyrelor: I'm well aware of what you wrote; however the way you wrote it might come across to people not so technical in a way they think they won't work.

            Also, at no time has a card with a newer implementation of PCIE has ever gained more performance down the line.

  • Ive got an i7 7700 processor that I think has a fried motherboard. I cannot find a decent micro-atx motherboard for this processor. Does anyone know of one?

    • I would just sell the cpu on ebay and get something else… a newer gen mobo with a mid range cpu would cost less, be more power efficient…etc than trying to buy a mobo thats 4 gens old. That or you can try gumtree.

    • Second-hand ones are probably cheap enough to be worth the (tiny) risk.

      But the i7 7700 is going for $300+ on ebay.

      That kind of money will go a long way towards a newer CPU and mobo, if you want to upgrade now.

  • burh i was gonna get a ryzen 3600 build but now i'm rethinking just getting intel build with this lol

    • but i guess i won't be able to upgrade in the future and i will be tied down with slower ram than amd

      • don't bother buying parts for future proofing. If the CPU is supported on your current board, it isn't a big enough upgrade anyway. Gone are the days of ground breaking performance with Sandy bridge. Intel purposefully gimped the OC ability after Sandy Bridge because they realize people who bought an SB see no point in upgrading because it's so overclockable, and that's a bad thing for intel.

  • As a comparison, the 10700k is pretty much identical performance as this, and it was $429 on black friday, obviously cant get it anymore at that price.

  • I'm still using the 4790k and it's really getting bottle necked when I compile programs and render in-game footage. Promised I wouldn't upgrade for another 10 years. So far it's been 6 years on the 4790k and gtx970.

    • i feel yr pain, i'm on a h170m pro board with i5 6600k.. i told myself i would just get amd with x570 for future proof. This is a beast of a cpu tho haha

    • Wouldn't upgrade for 10 years?
      Who thinks that far ahead in terms of technology holy shit

      • My current workhorse is an i7-3770 with 16GB RAM on z77 board built in 2012.

        Its used as family PC for productivity tasks, VM playpen, occasional Lightroom use and Plex media server. Filled up all 5 internal storage bays over the years but never did get around to adding a discrete GPU

        I'm hoping to get at least 10 years out of my new mini ITX build !

        • Still running similar specs. 3770k, 16gb. It's not that bad at all and the whole pc cost me 1300 to build in 2012.

          Def sweating that asset.
          plays fs2020 pretty well at 1080 as well.

      • BEcause every time I upgrade, I waste my money on the latest Triple AAA games.

        I have bought like 4 laptops in the last 6 years, though. hahaha

      • Seems crazy, yeah, but unless something drastically changes the tech, gaming CPUs bought today will still play the latest games in 10 years, just not always with highest res/FPS/settings.

        The i7-2700K is 9 years old and apart from a little micro-stuttering, it only struggles in the more demanding games, and only if you want more than 60FPS or 1080p.

        And the rate at which CPU speed improves each year is slowing down, not speeding up.

        If you're a PC hardware addict like us, and have the cash, you'll want to upgrade sooner, but people who just want to use the thing won't really need to.

  • damn I got it for $650 a couple months ago

    ah well, still managed to sell my 8700(non-k) for just above $300, guessing that wouldn't be possible now lol

  • Absolute steal — would've been even better with the dodecahedron box. Im using this CPU atm and I got it really cheap ~$530 when ebay had the flash 20% off sale. Pleased about the price-to-performance with it.

  • https://siliconlottery.com/pages/statistics

    Seems almost guaranteed to overclock to 4.9/4.7 AVX. Can't really justify it as an upgrade over my 8600k at 5.0/4.8 just for gaming though. I'll keep riding this puppy for a few more years yet.

  • $412.25 after shopback's 5% cashback and zip 10% cashback. That's insane tbh.

    • +combo with $15 zip credit for new customers first purchase to get for $397.25

    • zip does not stack for amazon US
      440 + 44 GST
      440x0.95 = 418 for shopback since it's not including GST
      ZIP new customer $15 promo Approximately 413 total

      • Where do you see that? all it says is

        i. Digital purchases including Ebooks, apps, etc;

        ii. Subscription purchases including Prime, Prime Video, Audible, Music Unlimited and Kindle Unlimited;

        iii. Purchases made at amazon.com (USA) or any other non-Australian Amazon site, mobile app marketplace or location;

        iv. Subscribe and Save items.

        If you mean iii, then it's still applicable because the purchase is made on amazon.com.au, it's just fulfilled by amazon us.

    • With this deal, i assume you will only get the 10% back after amazon has made the $485 deduction from your zippy account, once the cpu has been sent right? So if the cpu ships after nov 30th, I guess you don't get the 10% back?

      Reason i ask is because the last purchase i made that was shipped from America took over 1mth to arrive and was only shipped 2weeks after i made the purchase.

  • do people actually resell their CPUs?

    I don't really get it. Then you've got a system that is useless because it's missing a CPU, and you don't have an upgrade path to a newer one. Do people take apart the rest of the pieces and sell them separately?

    • See a lot of it over at OCAU. I generally just give my older systems away to family members when I upgrade tho.

      • that's what I do. Either sell the whole thing or give it away.

        If you take out the CPU, you either have to sell the rest of the pieces separately, or you just have a paperweight.

    • People sell CPUs to replace them with an upgrade, eg I could sell my 8600k to replace it with this. They also may sell to downgrade if they no longer need the power.

      When you upgrade with the same motherboard it means you don't need to reinstall windows, all your programs, redo passwords/keys, set up your file systems, etc. Your system boots up like nothing has changed. I'd much rather do that and get a 9900k rather than replace it with a 10700k and gain nothing but have to reinstall, sell the motherboard, replace it and maybe buy a new copy of Windows.

      If you can get the performance/features you need by replacing your current CPU with another in the same motherboard it's the best way to do it.

      • he's suggesting reselling this 9900k later because it has good resale value. I'm not sure what you replace it with after that.

        • Yep, so you would be selling your mobo and cpu most likely. Or just selling the cpu when your mobo dies. And he is right the top cpu of any gen holds it's value well.

    • Usually mobo + cpu, but you get better prices selling separately as some people are missing a cpu and others a mobo.

      Everything else should be reusable, if you have a premium case, plat psu, ddr4 ram and of course gfx card and other peripherals there is no reason to ditch them. Gfx card is reusable before it would have been upgraded multiple times during a machine’s life span.

      • Exactly, it's the best way to do it, especially if you invested in a good case, fans, cooler, storage, etc. Don't have to buy everything all over again.

  • I heard these are nearly as fast as Apple’s M1