Black Friday is almost here and we're already busy rounding up deals on hardware we know you can use. It's not always easy to tell when an offer is genuine, so we're sharing at least one notable deal each weekday with our readers to help make shopping a little easier.

Today we've found a serious discount on the Intel Core i7-9700K processor. With high-end CPUs being in short supply, the i7-9700K offers an interesting option for building a fast yet modestly-priced system – even if it's not Intel's latest-and-greatest. We published a review on the Intel Core i7-9700K and associated series when it first released in 2018 and determined the generation of processors to be at the top of their game when it came to performance under mixed workload tests.

Intel Core i7-9700K: was $309, now $259 @Newegg

This is one of the lowest prices we've seen in the Core i7-9700K since it first released in 2018. If you want to lock in the final price of $259, you need to use promo code EMCGGGR24.

Based on Intel's Coffee Lake Refresh silicon, the i7-9700K offers 8 cores without Hyperthreading. The chip has a base operating frequency of 3.6GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.9GHz, though with most performance-focused motherboards it will be able to hold at its turbo frequency indefinitely.

You'll need an Intel 200 or 300 series motherboard with an LGA 1151 socket to support this processor.

Visit the Intel Core i7-9700K product page on Newegg for more details and checkout options. Be sure to use promo code EMCGGGR24 to redeem the offer.

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  • MDD1963 - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    That's a very good price on a quite effective gaming/office/general usage CPU...; since competing with the R5-5600X, $259 or less should quickly become it's new price long term until supplies are depleted... Reply
  • Cellar Door - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    This is a 8core no HT - 5600X is a no brainer with 6c/12t and much higher ipc for only $20 more.

    You would have to be desperate to go with this.
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  • whatthe123 - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    It's only a no brainer if you can actually buy a 5600x.

    They have been in good supply at physical retailers but the online supply is still very spotty.

    9700k at $199 like microcenter in-store prices would make it a very good value.
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  • AshlayW - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    Then people should be patient. Impatience is not an excuse to make stupid purchasing decisions for 90% of people. Reply
  • kludj - Friday, November 20, 2020 - link

    uh huh. I sent back a 5700 XT in August and I'm *still* waiting for a 3080 remotely close to MSRP. Reply
  • Samus - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    I wouldn't say desperate. The platform cost is cheaper for Intel ATM. Reply
  • Samus - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    I wouldn't say desperate. The platform cost is cheaper for Intel ATM. Reply
  • No_such_username - Friday, November 20, 2020 - link

    Disclosure: Very Happy Ryzen user here (3700X).
    You are right as far as the CPU goes...But, availability and total cost (MB and Ram prices for a decent ryzen system are higher than for a Intel equivalent, unless you are upgrading from a Zen+ or Zen2) are also a factor in real life decisions.

    Honestly, this isn't a bad price if you consider those factors. I mean Intel maybe be losing ground, but a 9700K system is still a very good system. Hell a 9700 or even a 9600 would probably be even better pricewise...
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  • MDD1963 - Friday, November 20, 2020 - link

    The R5-5600X does appear to generate higher frame rates...when/if you can one. But, comparisons when both are OC'd to 98% of each CPUs top clock/RAM speeds should prove more interesting. My point is the 9700K is still quite effective, especially at gaming, and, faster than all the R7-3700X/3800X models in gaming, yet with no one calling those selections as 'brain dead' or 'desperate' when 'on sale' at current $338 CPU cost... Reply
  • Showtime - Sunday, November 22, 2020 - link

    Your math is wrong. 6 core 5600x is $300, and is overpriced for what it is. It's $40 more than this 8 core 9700k, and $100 more than the 9700k at Microcenter. Factor in cheaper mobo options, RAM, and certain intels are solid for gaming systems right now.

    PRO TIP: For primarily gaming, go with this Intel then put the savings towards a better GPU. Same advice last year when people recommend the less expensive Ryzens. Nothing any CPU can do to make up for a better video card, especially at 1080p+. 10100/AMD 3100 4 cores ($100ish), 10400/9600k ($150ish) 6 cores are also decent if the games you play don't need the extra cores, and you're not worried about the possibility of more games using 6+ cores in the near future.
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