Intel has just released its brand new CPU generation, codename Alder Lake. That's potentially great news for bargain hunters, as previous generation CPUs, such as its 11th and 10th Gen, will be replaced as we hit Black Friday. So now's the time to be on the lookout for Intel CPU deals, as you've got older chips heading out for less and newer chips showing them up with better performance per dollar.
You'll want to pick up a compatible motherboard alongside any Intel CPU purchase, if you don't have one already. For 11th and 10th Gen Intel CPUs, you'll want a motherboard compatible with the LGA 1200 socket, such as Z590/Z490 or B560/B460.
The latest Alder Lake processors fit into the LGA 1700 socket on Z690 motherboards, although you probably won't find many deals on these up-to-date parts just yet. That said, these chips represent a much better deal than their predecessors even at RRP, so if you can pick one up today you might just be better off anyways.
So it may seem silly that some of our recommendations here are for Intel's new chips with little to no discount, but when the leap Intel has made with Alder Lake is so great over its past couple of chip generations, it actually makes a lot of sense to buy a lower-end 12th Gen chip, say the Core i5 12600K, instead of a discounted higher-end 10th or 11th Gen chip.
Don't forget to also check out our guide on the best AMD CPU deals right now, as the red team has plenty of excellent gaming processors to pick from. Some recently discounted, seemingly in response to Intel's 12th Gen launch.
Today's best Black Friday Intel CPU deals
In the US:
- Amazon - save $50 on the Intel Core i7 10700KF
- Newegg - Intel Core i5 11600K for $229.99
- Best Buy - Save $70 on the Intel Core i7 11700K
- B&H Photo - Intel Core 5 10400 for $174.99
- Target - Intel desktop processors starting from $193.99
In the UK:
Intel Core i5 12600K | 10-core (6P+4E), 16-thread | 125W TDP |
$319.99 $299.99 at Newegg (save $20)
This chip is brand new, but Newegg has already slashed $20 off its retail price. Stunning. This is a seriously impressive chip too—it runs circles around even the 11th Gen Core i9, so you don't want to spend too much on one of those while this chip is available. The only downside here is a higher platform cost, as only the more premium Z690 chipset is currently available to purchase.
Intel Core i3 10100F | four-core, eight-thread | 65W |
$129 $91.90 at Amazon (save $37.10)
There was once a time when a four-core/eight-thread CPU such as this would've ruled the lineup as the top Core i7. Those days are over, and have been for a while, and now you can find a chip that's equally as good for gaming under $100. Pick up a cheaper 400-series chipset and you'll be able to build a more than capable gaming PC with this at its heart. Just bear in mind you will need a discrete GPU for this, as there's no iGPU on the chip.
Intel Core i5 11400 | six-core, 12-thread | 65W |
$219.99 $189.98 at Newegg (save $30.01)
If your budget won't stretch to dropping $300 on a cutting-edge CPU and a new platform, then this six-core, 12-thread Rocket Lake chip still packs a mighty punch for the money. With a max clock speed of 4.4GHz and a pleasingly low TDP of 65W, you can drop this chip into a mid-range B500 motherboard to make for a great foundation for a gaming rig.
Intel Core i5 11600K | six-core, 12-thread | 125W |
$299.99 $229.99 at Newegg (save $70)
Of all the 11th Gen chips, it was the Core i5 11600K that stood out to us as a good deal for gamers. That said, it's recently been replaced by the more capable Core i5 12600K, though you can't find that for anywhere near as cheap. The bonus here is you can also save cash on a cheaper motherboard, so it's all-around a great pick for a budget PC.
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