Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric
The sad thing is that Intel could have turned these defective dies into a nice little PR campaign for themselves by marketing them as the affordable 9900K while also recouping the losses they would've had to eat in just throwing them away. Instead, Intel predictably price-gouges as always and provides less features for the same (if not more) $$$. The 9900K already has an obscene amount of profit baked in as it is, yet they can't bring themselves to price these defective chips just a LITTLE lower than the $500+ that the fully-featured 9900K sells for??? I can't think of a single logical reason that anyone would ever buy one of these unless they simply can't find any 9900K's in stock and are totally set on that specific processor.
This exactly. From what I understand Intel has some fabs tied up being re-tooled for 10nm so it would see they are running full tilt making the current line up. Selling 9900ks with disabled iGPU was a great idea in that light, I'm sure over half of all K CPUs are being used with a card anyway. The only thing that's stupid is the pricing...when this first came to light Intel somewhat said that store prices are too high so they do this to increase supply and lower price. No idea if that's going to happen or not but that doesn't really justify this pricing, it should be at least $20 less because IMO baked in graphics is a great feature to have and removing it has no benefit.
I remember when this news came out there were like 10 people in the thread either saying they'd pay the same or they'd pay MORE for one without iGPU as if the iGPU were causing high temps and preventing a 500mhz OC.