Intel’s i7-8700K Processors Are In High Demand And Short Supply
Normally, Intel does a pretty good job of ensuring they have enough stock to meet demand, but its Coffee Lake line of processors have proven to be an exception to that rule. One of the more popular entries in the line appears to be the Core i7-8700K.
While there are still ways to get your hands on one if you’re willing to pay higher prices, it appears that most mainstream retailers are all out of stock. Newegg, Bestbuy, and Amazon are both sold out of the 8700K. In fact, the only ones we can find are on Ebay with starting bids ranging from $900 to $999. For the record, that’s the same price as AMD’s Threadripper.
Consumers looking to get their hands on these processors might have better luck checking out their local retail stores, but even that isn’t a sure thing. The Micro Center store nearest to me has a handful of other Coffee Lake processors in stock, but the 8700K appears to be sold out and the prices on the other items differ from the MSRP so that’s worth bearing in mind.
As noted above, those who truly want one of these processors could buy one from a third party, but we wouldn’t recommend it. The price is simply too high for the hardware and Intel will likely have more in stock fairly soon. The company is generally good about meeting demand and there’s really no reason to pay nearly triple the price for this hardware when you’ll likely find it in stock in a few weeks at Amazon or a local retail outlet.
After all, if you’re willing to pay nearly a $1,000 for a processor then you’d be better off just getting the Threadripper or one of Intel’s more powerful processors. Charging $1,o00 for the 8700K is little more than highway robbery.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.