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Why did Intel release the "F" variants!?

DR.Cringe

1 month ago

Intel quietly released alternate versions of some of their 8th and 9th gen cpus. But beside them not having intergrated graphics, Why would anyone even consider buying one?

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  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

Your Intel.

You have a massive shortage of 14nm CPUs

You are throwing away CPUs that don't hit the cut due to bad iGPUs (can't just disable the bad cores and shift it down the product stack).

You decide that is literally wasting money, and laser off the dead iGPU to sell it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

alrighty

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

true, but what makes no sense is why CPUs like the 9900KF are MORE expensive than the normal K variants.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

They did the exact same thing with the i5-2500k vs 2550k. Really zero reason to buy the more expensive iGPU less CPU. It's really for anyone trying to get the highest possible overclock if youre lucky.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if this is the exact reason, but I have heard it a few times now and it does seem quite plausible, that they created the F SKU because it improved silicon yields once they removed the integrated graphics processing units from the CPU's. It has worked out well on some models such as the I5 9400F, which is cheaper than the 8th generation I5 8400 and works completely fine when using a discrete graphics card, which many customers who are considering buying the 9400F for gaming are extremely likely to be doing anyway.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

But beside them not having intergrated graphics, Why would anyone even consider buying one?

Ryzen CPU don't have an IGPU and it doesn't stop people from buying them.

But they do have an interesting point in their favor for both locked and unlocked models.

The disabled IGPU increases surface area in contact with the heatspreader and is no longer pulling power.

So you get better thermals and power usage profiles giving improved boost clocks and overclocking potential.

These are a way for Intel to keep from moving product down the line when a IGPU doesn't make the cut for higher binned chips.

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

idky!

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