Intel could impose potentially large price increases on processors and some other components, according to a new report.
Of course, as with all such speculation, treat it like this: informed gossip from the vine, which in this case comes from three industry executives with first-hand knowledge of Intel's alleged plans, which Nikkei Asia (opens in a new tab) asked for information.
It is rumored that in the fall, Intel will increase the selling prices of processors, server and desktop models, and some other chips, such as Wi-Fi modules.
While Intel has yet to establish the magnitude of the increases, they could be as high as 20% according to the report, though some products may see less substantial single-digit percentage increases.
Intel has apparently already informed business customers of the impending move, reasoning that these increases are necessary to address "increasing" materials and manufacturing costs.
Analysis: Is it time to start worrying about Raptor Lake prices?
Well, that seems like a pretty disturbing image, doesn't it? As soon as we breathed sighs of relief, graphics card prices finally dropped back to normal levels and in some cases well below MSRP, and now we're hearing that processors are going to get more expensive? In a word: good.
Of course, only Intel is supposed to deal with these cost demons, if this report is correct, but if there are broader pressures on production costs and BOM, is it so much of a stretch to imagine that AMD might as well? deal with some of these problems? ? At least to some extent?
Okay, we shouldn't get too carried away with theory here, but let's do it one more time: This report also has us quite concerned about the potential price of Intel's incoming Raptor Lake processors. With fall being mentioned as the time for these price hikes, we know that 13th Gen CPUs are likely to go on sale in October, possibly with a reveal in late September, and that puts the chips squarely on the cards. within that time period.
Only time will tell, but we think there will be a limit to how much Intel can push to make up for losses on the production front, certainly with consumer processors, given that inflationary pressures and the general cost-of-living crisis will certainly reduce the demand for hardware as it is, in the future.
So we guess the biggest increases will come with server CPUs, and possibly high-end consumer CPUs, mainly because wealthier PC enthusiasts who normally have their eyes on Core i9 chips will have budgets shipped. unless affected by current economic difficulties.
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