Where to Buy Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake Processors

Where to Buy Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake Processors

Newegg announced today Intel’s 12th-generation of processors (Alder Lake-S), set to release on November 4, are available for pre-order. As of 2:00PM on October 27, they’ve already sold out of the Core i9-12900K, Core i9-12900KF, Core i7-12700KF, Core i5-12600K, and Core i5-12600KF, leaving on the Core i7-12700K available. It’s unknown when inventory will be restocked, so stay on the lookout.

Amazon, Best Buy, and a few other retailers also have Intel 12th-gen CPU listings live on their websites.

Intel 12th-Gen Pricing

ModelAmazonNewegg
Core i5-12400FNo ListingNo Listing
Core i5-12400No ListingNo Listing
Core i5-12600KFCheck PriceCheck Price
Core i5-12600KCheck PriceCheck Price
Core i7-12700KFCheck PriceCheck Price
Core i7-12700KCheck PriceCheck Price
Core i9-12900KFCheck PriceCheck Price
Core i9-12900KCheck PriceCheck Price

Core i9-12900K/12900KF Pricing

Prices are incredibly competitive. The Core i9-12900K, reported to outperform Ryzen’s competing high-end Ryzen 9 5950X by a whopping 38%, is priced at an impressive $649.99. For comparison its predecessor, the disappointing Core i9-11900K, is currently selling for only $100 less. This places the 12900K at $100 less than the Ryzen 9 5950X, its closest Ryzen competitor, and $90 more than the R9 5900X.

i9-12900K
Intel’s Core i9-12900K | Credit: Newegg

Its graphics-less companion, the i9-12900KF, goes at $629.99. Since high-end CPUs like the i9-12900K are typically used in conjunction with a discrete graphics card, integrated graphics are usually unnecessary. Thus, a $20 discount for the loss of an iGPU is welcomed by most buyers (the i9-12900KF performs identically to the i9-12900K in all other regards).

If leaked benchmarks are accurate, this will be, hands-down, the best consumer desktop CPU. It boasts 16 cores: 8 P-cores (powerful and power-hungry cores) and 8 efficient and low-power E-cores, as well as DDR5 and PCIe gen 5 support and massive computing power.

Core i7-12700K/12700KF Pricing

Taking it a step down, we have the Core i7-12700K, Intel’s replacement for the i7-11700K, a great processor in its own right. It’s priced at $449.99, and the 12700KF is $20 less at $429.99. These pack many of the same features that make the i9-12900K attractive, including the latest revisions of PCIe and DDR.

The i7-12700K and 12700KF feature a 12-core design (8 P-cores and 4 E-cores), and base clocks of 4.9GHz and 3.8GHz for the P and E-cores, respectively.

Core i7-12700K
Intel’s Core i7-12700K | Credit: Newegg

Compared to their predecessors, these CPUs are priced to sell. The Core i7-11700K is only $60 cheaper than its newer counterpart, while the i7-11700KF is actually $10 more expensive than the 12700KF. While the i7-12700K is actually $55 more than AMD’s competing R7 5800X, its rough 45% performance advantage means it’s actually a steal.

Core i5-12600K/12600KF Pricing

Lastly, we have Intel’s best i5 processors, the i5-12600K and its F-counterpart. The 12600K is $60 more than the previous-generation i5-11600K, at $319.99. Meanwhile, the i5-12600KF continues the $20-discount trend, at a price of $299.99.

Both of these chips have 6 P and 4 E-cores, and support PCIe 5.0 and DDR5. These features alone are enough to warrant the extra cost for many users, and their performance is rumored to improve massively upon predecessors in similar fashion to the 12700K and 12900K.

Intel's Core i5-12600K
Intel’s Core i5-12600K | Credit: Newegg

The i5-11600K was already on par with AMD’s R5 5600X, and the 12600K looks to dominate it. Thus, with the 5600X a meager $10 cheaper at the moment (and $10 more than the i5-12600KF), Intel’s offerings represents the best value by far.

Core i5-12400/12400F Pricing

As of yet, we have no word on Intel’s lower-end i5 12th-gen processors and their pricing. This article will be updated as new information arrives.

Alder Lake-S Pricing Chart

ModelPrice
Core i5-12400Unknown
Core i5-12400FUnknown
Core i5-12600KF$299.99
Core i5-12600K$319.99
Core i7-12700KF$429.99
Core i7-12700K$449.99
Core i9-12900KF$629.99
Core i9-12900K$649.99

When Will Alder Lake-S Release?

Intel’s 12th generation of desktop CPUs are set to release on November 4, 2021. In the meantime, you’re able to preorder them in order to receive one as soon as possible.

If upgrading, remember that you won’t be able to use a 12th-gen processor with your current motherboard: Alder Lake uses the new LGA1700 socket, so an Intel 600-series motherboard is requisite.

Intel 12th-Gen Specs

 Intel® Core™
i9-12900K &
i9-12900KF*
Intel® Core™
i7-12700K &
i7-12700KF4*
Intel® Core™
i5-12600K &
i5-12600KF4*
Max Turbo Frequency [GHz]Up to 5.2Up to 5.0Up to 4.9
Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency [GHz]Up to 5.2Up to 5.0n/a
Single P-core Turbo Frequency [GHz]Up to 5.1Up to 4.9Up to 4.9
Single E-core Turbo Frequency [GHz]Up to 3.9Up to 3.8Up to 3.6
P-core Base Frequency [GHz]3.23.63.7
E-core Base Frequency [GHz]2.42.72.8
Processor Cores (P-cores + E-cores)16 (8P + 8E)12 (8P + 4E)10 (6P + 4E)
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology5YesYesYes
Total Processor Threads242016
Intel® Thread Director1YesYesYes
Intel® Smart Cache (L3) Size [MB]302520
Total L2 Cache Size [MB]14129.5
Max Memory Speed [MT/s]Up to DDR5 4800
Up to DDR4 3200
Up to DDR5 4800
Up to DDR4 3200
Up to DDR5 4800
Up to DDR4 3200
Number of Memory Channels222
CPU PCIe 5.0 Lanes161616
CPU PCIe 4.0 Lanes444
Enhanced Intel® UHD Graphics driven by Xe ArchitectureIntel® UHD Graphics 770Intel® UHD Graphics 770Intel® UHD Graphics 770
Graphics Dynamic Frequency [MHz]Up to 1550Up to 1500Up to 1450
Processor P-core/E-core/Graphics/ Memory Overclocking3YesYesYes
Intel® Quick Sync VideoYesYesYes
Intel® Deep Learning Boost (Intel® DL Boost)YesYesYes
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel® AVX2)YesYesYes
Intel® Gaussian and Neural Accelerator (GNA) 3.0YesYesYes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT-x / VT-d)YesYesYes
Mode-based Execution Control (MBEC)YesYesYes
Intel® Threat Detection Technology (Intel® TDT)YesYesYes
Intel® Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (Intel® CET)YesYesYes
Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)YesYesYes
Intel® BIOS GuardYesYesYes
Intel® Boot GuardYesYesYes
Intel® OS GuardYesYesYes
Intel® Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller Virtualization (Intel® APIC-v)YesYesYes
Intel® Secure KeyYesYesYes
Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT)YesYesYes

Where to Buy Intel 12th-Gen CPUs

Amazon

At the time of writing, many Amazon listings are sold out. This will most likely change as stock comes in and sells out, so check back regularly if you want to score an Alder Lake CPU.

Newegg

As previously mentioned, Newegg also offers the entire 12th-gen K-series lineup for preorder. Some SKUs, especially F-series models, are sold out at the time of writing.

Best Buy

Unlike Amazon and Newegg, Best Buy has no option for preorder. It’s unknown what kind of stock they’ll have in-store on release day, but you’ll be able to order online come November 4, as long as inventory remains.

Intel 600-Series Motherboards: Availability, Release Date, and General Specs

As mentioned earlier, Alder Lake-S chips will require an Intel 600-series motherboard, the newest board generation which is equipped with an LGA1700 socket. These boards, which include the H610, B660, H670, and Z690 chipsets, will debut alongside Intel’s 12th-gen processors on November 4.

Many Z690 boards are available Amazon and Newegg for preorder, but no other chipsets have been added yet. It appears as if Intel is only releasing its highest-end CPUs and motherboards this early, and will add lower-end products like B660 boards and the i5-12400 closer to the official launch date.

Many of these motherboards will support DDR5 memory, but some models are designated “DDR4” and capped accordingly. Unfortunately, Z690 will only support up to PCIe 4.0 due to the lack of gen 4 technology (the latest PCIe SSDs, for example, only support gen 4 speeds). Hopefully Intel’s next generation of motherboards will allow its 12th-gen processors to take advantage of their PCIe 5.0 capabilities.

As was the case with previous generations of Z-series boards, Z690 will support memory and CPU overclocking (an unlocked K-series processor will be needed for the latter).

Conclusion

All signs point to an inevitable Intel takeover as soon as Alder Lake releases; all of their high-end offerings smash AMD’s competition in benchmarks (in AMD’s defense Ryzen 5000 debuted over a year ago and has seen two generations of Intel advancement). We’ll likely have to wait until early 2022 to see how AMD responds with their 6000-series CPUs.

If you’re building a PC in the meantime, we’d recommend a 12th-gen Intel CPU.

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