We could see prices of retail packages of Intel Core desktop processors continue to rise over Q4-2018 as its been reported that the company has cut their supply, in favor of tray/reel shipments to OEMs. This could mean a very shorty supply of desktop processors like the Core i5-8600K, i5-9600K, i7-8700K, i7-8700K, and even i9-9900K. If they are available expect them to be heavily marked up.
This move by Intel looks like an effort to make sure notebook and pre-built PC manufacturers do not have a short supply of processors. The DIY retail channel will be the one suffering from this move as we’ve seen the $499 Core i9-9900K processor being sold for upwards of $900 in some online stores.
AMD is in a great position to fill this void as their processor pricing has either been flat or marginally cut, and AM4 motherboards are typically cheaper than LGA1151 ones.