Presumably this fall, Intel will introduce Raptor Lake to replace the existing Alder Lake, which will be a competitor to AMD’s Zen 4-architecture processors codenamed Raphael. Raptor Lake, an optimized version of Alder Lake, is built on the same Intel 7 process and has similar P-Core and E-Core designs.
It is believed that many players will focus on the performance of the new processors, and may also be concerned about the supply issues that have been frequently mentioned in the past two years, but this time players are likely to face a more realistic problem, which is pricing. According to Nikkei Asia, Intel will increase the pricing of its processors starting this fall.
It is understood that Intel made the decision to raise prices based on factors such as increased energy, raw material, and labor costs. It is rumored that Intel has notified customers that it will add additional management fees on the basis of existing pricing to make up for the increase in costs, which will affect most processors and various types of chips. There is no doubt that the core products of the price increase are Intel’s Core and Xeon series processors. According to industry insiders, the price increase is about 10% to 20%.
Due to the lack of other corroborating evidence, the authenticity of the news cannot be determined for the time being. In addition to factors such as higher energy, raw material, and labor costs, with the recent intensification of global inflationary pressures, adjusting product pricing to alleviate pressures is indeed a feasible solution. As for Intel’s final decision, it is estimated that it will depend on the market situation in the next few months.