Buying a PC with an Intel CPU? It may soon cost more

From PC World: The past few months have been good times for buying or building desktop PCs, with discounts galore on computer components. That included Intel processors—a shocking occurrence, given how steadfastly Intel resisted price cuts in the past.

But the good times may be on their way out. As reported by Tom’s Hardware, Intel has quietly raised the suggested prices of its 12th-generation Alder Lake chips. You’ll see a 10 percent hike across the listings on Intel’s Ark product database, with more affordable non-K class CPUs hit as equally as their overclockable K-class counterparts. The increase also affects F-class processors with no integrated graphics.

In concrete terms, Intel now recommends a $648 starting MSRP for the flagship Core i9-12900K, up from $589. Popular chips such as the Core i7-12700K, 12600K, and 12400 start at $450, $318, and $211, respectively.

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