Save Zero Dollars by Opting for Intel's iGPU-Disabled CPUs

Posted by Megalith 3:55 PM (CST)

Sunday January 20, 2019

Intel’s new Coffee Lake F-series CPUs lack integrated graphics, so they should be cheaper, right? Wrong; they are priced the same as their predecessors, which sported Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPUs. The Core i9-9900KF, for instance, is going for $488, just like the Core i9-9900K. While F-series processors could ultimately be priced cheaper by retailers, Intel’s RCP (Recommended Customer Pricing) list has been made clear.

It stands to reason that customers with discrete graphics cards won't need the integrated graphics during normal use, but they do come in handy in the case of a GPU failure or if you retire an older chip to a system that doesn't have a discrete graphics card. There's obviously a very large market for CPUs without integrated graphics, as evidenced by the success of AMD's mainstream Ryzen lineup, but we typically expect a pricing offset that reflects the lack of graphics capability.