Now that's straight up conjecture,intel didn't deny that they do promotional prices but you don't show any proof that any of the prices from the platforms you list actually got a price drop from intel or not,if they did one would think that the price drops would be much more uniform between all the retailers.Intel kicked off a promotion
Being the "man on the street" and with WFH on my kitchen table, I love shopping for deals. But I also was wondering how the new Rocket Lake CPU's will run on a Z490 board? Perhaps issues with getting actual mature versions of BIOS for Z490 with Rocket Lake and PCIe 4.0? Then very possible overall system performance degradation and fiddling with drivers for hours, etc. But those who would be planning to use a Z590 board with a Comet Lake processor would not get the benefit of PCI-E 4.0 and no HDMI 2.0. We are indeed living in a complicated and now impossible world.... they still seem like a nice deal with Zen 3 out of stock and other 10th gen not budging in price.