New Intel Alder Lake US price leak might force a Zen 3 pricing rethink as the Core i9-12900K comes in at US$605
Price leaks in regard to Intel’s upcoming 12th Gen Alder Lake series of processors have started appearing with increased regularity, indicating that the official launch date is getting closer (October 27). Not long ago, we reported about European prices for the hybrid chips along with some supposed US price tags, which had the Intel Core i5-12600KF at US$312.70 and the Intel Core i9-12900K at US$705.64 (box variants). A new price leak shows much more attractive price tags for these SKUs and lists figures for both box and tray variants – with the boxed products shipping with a cooler. As pointed out by VideoCardz, some of the tray CPUs are slightly more expensive than the box CPUs, so don’t take these prices as set-in-stone MSRPs.
In addition, some of the specs descriptions for the Alder Lake CPUs are incorrect, such as the Intel Core i7-12700K being listed as a 4-core/20-thread part when it is actually a 12-core/20-thread chip. The information comes from Provantage (via @harukaze5719), which still lists some of the Alder Lake chips but with a “sold out” status. If Intel does launch Alder Lake at this kind of price point then it could prove to be very competitive against AMD’s Zen 3 chips such as the Ryzen 9 5950X. The 16-core/32-thread unit from Team Red is an absolute beast of a processor, there is no doubting that, but it is priced at US$749 on Amazon at the moment, so a rival in the form of the i9-12900K could look very attractive if it did come in at around the US$600 mark.
Alder Lake does show plenty of promise, with numerous synthetic benchmark leaks offering up generally glowing reports for the Intel 7-based chips (“Intel 7” is the new name for the Intel 10 nm Enhanced SuperFin process). Of course, AMD’s Rembrandt Zen 3+ chips might end up thrashing Alder Lake in comparative benchmarks, but for the moment the floor is Intel’s to enjoy. As usual, there are some caveats to keep in mind when it concerns new Intel desktop processor launches and a potential purchase. An LGA 1700 socket-compatible motherboard is going to be required and there will be the additional cost of DDR5 RAM to keep in mind. However, prices like these might force Zen 3 part prices to come down a little, which is always a good thing for the consumer.