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Intel Core i9-9900KF is down to $440 at Amazon and Newegg

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The Intel Core i9-9900KF was released earlier this year, as an alternative to the 9900K without integrated graphics. That's not a bad idea in theory, but Intel priced it nearly identically to the 9900K, so there wasn't much of a reason to buy it. That's not true today though, as Intel has dropped the price of the 9900KF to $439.99—$50 less than what the 9900K usually goes for. 

This is an 8-core/16-thread processor, built on the 14nm Coffee Lake architecture. It has a base frequency of 3.6 GHz, with a max turbo freq. of 5 GHz with the right cooling. It's just a 9900K with the integrated graphics disabled, so you'll need a dedicated graphics card to use it at all. But as long as you're planning to use a dedicated graphics card (which you obviously should be) you're getting the best CPU for gaming at a discount price.

We'll be on the lookout for more CPU discounts leading up to the Amazon Prime Day deals (opens in new tab), but if you need a processor right now, this isn't a bad option—and Intel rarely discounts its CPUs.

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Intel Core i9-9900KF Processor | $439.99 ($30 off) (opens in new tab)
This Core i9 chip with dedicated graphics is $30 off the usual price, and around $50 less than the same CPU with graphics. Amazon is already backordered, as of the time of writing. Buy at Amazon (opens in new tab), Buy at Newegg (opens in new tab)

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Corbin is a tech journalist, software developer, and longtime PC Gamer freelance writer, currently based in North Carolina. He now focuses on the world of Android as a full-time writer at XDA-Developers. He plays a lot of Planet Coaster and Fallout and hosts a podcast all about forgotten stories from tech history.