Please note that this post is tagged as a rumor.
Intel has denied the report by DigiTimes:
The news about “Intel PC processor price reduction” circulating recently is false news.
Currently, we have the 11th, 12th and 13th generation Core product families for users to choose from at various price points, and Intel is working with OEMs to find new opportunities and new demands in the market to reduce inventory.
Intel had quietly increased the retail price of their 12th Gen Core series at the beginning of this month. This increase was often unnoticeable because the pricing has not really changed at retailers. The price change only affected the 12th Gen Core series, with no updates for 13th Gen series.
It is now reported that Intel will lower the price of select 12th Gen Core CPUs by up to 20%. This was stated by DigiTimes, who expect price updates for Alder Lake based chips, including the flagship Core i9 series.
What is important to note is that Intel increased “Recommended Customer Price” for its Alder Lake CPUs last month. For instance, the Core i9-12900K price rose from $589 to $649. However, actual retail price of this processor is between $399 to $420 right now, so the Intel’s RCP had no little to no effect on these prices.
User @harukaze5719 came up with this chart illustrating the potential price cuts. Kindly note that the prices listed here are not retail prices, but Intel’s Recommended Retail Price.
The client CPU business has slowed down significantly in the last few months. Consumers are delaying the purchase of new computer components, or they are not planning any at all. This impacts both the CPU and GPU market and will hopefully force manufacturers to finally lower their prices.