AMD Ryzen 5000 processors have arrived and they have done so with a price increase over what has been usual in AMD, with an increase of about $ 50 per CPU compared to the current generation. It is not an exaggerated increase, considering that AMD comes from an aggressive positioning in prices.
Intel will have to wait for the Rocket Lake-S to compete technologically with AMD, which will leave several months free for the latter to take a potentially important slice of the desktop processor market. Rocket Lale-S, with its Willow Cove “adapted” to 14nm manufacturing technology, or Cypress Cove if you prefer.
The competition seems to be halfway if we heed the rumors about the maximum number of cores for the future Core i9 and Core i7, which remain at 8 cores and 16 threads. The Core i5 will have 6 cores and 12 threads. To compete with AMD, Intel seems to be betting on the price, which, according to @ OneRaichu on Twitter, indicates that it will be below $ 400 for the Core i7 / Core i9 and below $ 300 for the Core i5.
The Ryzen 5800X is priced at $ 449, while the equivalent Core i7 would cost a maximum of $ 379. Of course, by the time the Rocket Lake-S are released on the market these prices may be lower by AMD.
These are rumors and speculation, but the truth is that Intel has to devise a business strategy that allows it to compete with AMD in the desktop segment.