Intel is forecasting a “slight decline” in its premium chip prices for the remainder of the year, and AMD’s Ryzen chips could have played a part in that.
Prices of Intel’s chips in both desktops and laptops went up in the first quarter. That helped drive up the quarterly revenue for Client Computing Group — which deals in PC chips — to $8 billion, which was up 6 percent compared to the same quarter last year.
But Intel’s PC chips now face serious competition from AMD’s new Ryzen chip, which was released last month. Ryzen chips offer competitive performance, and are priced significantly lower.
AMD’s fastest Ryzen 7 1800X chip — targeted at gamers — has eight cores and is priced at $499. A comparable chip like Intel’s Core i7-6900K is priced at $1,089. Intel’s fastest gaming chip is the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition chip, which is priced at $1,723.