The $290 ones absolutely won't run better than those off Amazon or Newegg, and chances are they will be worse. Sure, they have been "binned", but that in itself is not a good thing if they've been binned as being among the worst performing chips. According to Silicon Lottery's own numbers posted in this article, 88% of the chips they tested overclocked better than those in this bracket, meaning that the ones selling for $290 are guaranteed to be among the 12% worst performers. And since halfway through that bracket will be the average performance of processors in this tier, that means that on average, there should be about a 94% chance that a random processor bought at retail will overclock better.But, Silicon Lottery is happily shipping out Intel Core i5-10600K's for $290 after testing their overclocking capabilities. Sure, that's still above MSRP, but you're getting a tested chip that likely runs better than one off Amazon or NewEgg for less money. Seems like a win-win if you ask me.
These are brand new processors that came out a little over a month ago, and supplies are likely a bit limited for the time being, so it makes sense that prices will run higher. The alternative would be for the retailers to sell them at MSRP, in which case resellers would buy them all up immediately and resell them for what would likely be even higher prices. The MSRP is only the manufacturer's "suggested" retail price, and no one is saying that the products are required to be sold for that price. The i7-10700K is a very similar processor to the i9-9900K, but the 9900K launched with a $500 MSRP, so plenty of people are willing to pay a bit more than MSRP for the new i7s. The same goes for the new i5s compared to the prior i7s. Intel has shifted core and thread counts to lower price points this generation to better compete with AMD, so even the higher-than-suggested prices near launch tend to be better than what people would have typically been paying for a similar level of performance previously.I purchased my i9 9900k last year for about $340 USD (I forget what the MRSP was) and that was during a "Holiday Sale". I've been noticing that both New Egg and Amazon prices have been "creeping" up from the MSRP's suggested by the manufactuer of the CPU's (and select other electronic products). I do make sure to check to see if the seller is 3rd party or from the associated store website as I try and only get a direct sale from the associated e-tailer. What I also am wondering is why no one has really "called out" these e-tailers for the gouging that they are doing to customers? Why would news sites want to? Because it's morally needed from many directions. In the current climate we are in there are a LOT (millions) of people who have lost their jobs or are working on reduced hours and pay so this in turn not only hurts the business these products come from but the people who are in the market for purchasing these parts. Basically it's a lose / lose situation all around minus e-tailers like New Egg and Amazon who are profiting of the tragic situations of the people who want to purchase the products. No one asked for this situation to happen and no one wants to be paid less for their work but it's the reality we have at the moment. So, for ANY type of publication to call out these blood leeching companies like New Egg and Amazon who blatently and despicably rip off hard working people or those in dire unemplyment circumstances who did not ask to be in the position they are in deserve to be highlighted everywhere on the internet. This is disgusting, period!