Intel’s Raptor Lake processors have already been spotted online at a retailer in Canada, and if the prices provided are consistent, we can expect a little more compared to current Alder Lake CPUs.
VideoCardz (opens in new tab) noticed that the well-known leaker @momomo_us posted the prices on Twitter, although these are obviously Canadian dollar price tags, and we should keep in mind that at this early stage, before launch, this price is just a placeholder.
In other words, it’s just a rough idea of where Intel might be releasing the Raptor Lake chips (in fact, Team Blue themselves probably haven’t finalized the MSRPs at this point – not if the release date rumors are right, anyway. , as this could still be some distance).
Performing a quick currency conversion to US Dollars for the flagship Core i9-13900K shows it to be approximately $730 (about £620, AU$1,050), although that doesn’t mean much as the pricing reality is that these conversions are never a straightforward case (aside from the fact that this isn’t the official price anyway, of course).
What is most instructive is looking at the relative prices compared to current generation Alder Lake products for sale at this Canadian store. So in the case of the flagship, the 12900K weighs in at around $630 USD (around £530, AU$900) – which gives us a rough estimate of the 13900K being around a hundred dollars extra, or 15% more expensive. Take this stadium with a lot of caution, naturally.
Doing the same thing with the other Raptor Lake CPUs listed, the 13700K is about 17% more expensive than the 12700K, and the 13600K is 15% more expensive than the Alder Lake. So roughly, we’re looking at a price increase of about 15% over 12th Gen products for Intel’s mid-to-high 13th Gen processors.
Analysis: A worrisome potential glimmer of pricing? Well we wouldn’t panic just yet
Assuming this price increase for this type of order comes to fruition – with all the caveats already mentioned – this wouldn’t be entirely unexpected. Because? Because Intel has already made it known that the price of most of its processors (and other chips) can be increased by 10% to 20%, which is quite in line with the 15% increase for Raptor Lake, pointed out by this Canadian retailer. .
Before we run for the hills in panic over Intel’s expensive high-end CPUs, we should temper those expectations a bit. It seems unlikely, at least to us, that Team Blue would implement such a uniform price increase across the entire Raptor Lake range.
High-end processors like the 13900K can certainly command more premium – especially as this flagship CPU supposedly offers an ‘extreme performance’ mode and may be targeted even more firmly at enthusiasts as a result – but to see the same price increase in a 13600K? That could happen, but we imagine increases further down the Raptor Lake range would be more modest.
Also, Intel really needs to consider how its entry-level 13th-gen lineup compares to AMD’s Ryzen 7000 chips. And rumors so far suggest that Team Red won’t be raising the prices of these Zen 4 CPUs – at least not with the flagship offerings (meaning the high-end chips could still have an extra premium on top). We’ve heard that twice on the vine now – apply a lot of skepticism here, yet – but Intel will too and certainly should take relative competitiveness into account when pricing Raptor Lake for high-end CPUs.
On a final note, these placeholder prices appearing now also suggest that perhaps Intel’s Raptor Lake processors could be closer to launch than we thought. Previous rumors indicated an October sale date following a late September reveal, so it looks like this could be on the right track. However, AMD could still push Intel to the post with a faster next-gen launch, as the Ryzen 7000 chips are expected to hit shelves sometime in September (with a reveal imminent) and have already appeared in leaked product listings. at retailers (in Canada again) the best part of a fortnight ago.
Additionally, AMD is rumored to have plentiful stock ready for when the Ryzen 7000 processors are released, and that could also be a huge benefit in terms of pricing – ensuring scalpers don’t put down their nefarious oars, pushing prices up from high levels. of MSRP, as is so often the case these days with hardware releases.