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Unannounced Alder Lake chip already in stores: Peruvian retailer sells US$181 Core i5-12400F with Laminar RM1 cooler, weeks ahead of official announcement

The Core i5-12400F seems to come in rather plain retail packaging (Image source: Intel)
The Core i5-12400F seems to come in rather plain retail packaging (Image source: Intel)
According to Xanxogaming, a Peruvian computer hardware store has apparently broken the embargo and started selling units of the Intel Core i5-12400F, a midrange Alder Lake part that Intel hasn't even officially announced yet. The report also confirms that Intel will be bundling midrange Alder Lake parts with the Laminar RM1 cooler

According to Xanxogaming, the as-yet-unannounced Intel Core i5-12400F is already up for sale in Peru. Xanxogaming was apparently able to purchase a boxed unit of the Core i5-12400F. The outlet shared pictures of the CPU and promised to share early benchmarks. Of note is the fact that the Core i5-12400F comes bundled with Intel's rumored Laminar RM1 CPU cooler. The RM1 is Intel's first major overhaul to its stock cooler since the Sandy Bridge era. Xanxogaming shared a photo of the Laminar RM1, giving us a closer look at the updated design.

The Peruvian outlet reported that the Core i5-12400F was selling for 899 Peruvian sols after a 10 percent VAT. This means that the midrange Alder Lake chip's pre-tax pricing is below US$200, and well below the US$299 launch price of the Ryzen 5 5600X. 

Leaked benchmarks indicated that the Core i5-12400F was a formidable opponent to Ryzen 5000, destroying the Ryzen 5 5600X in gaming benchmarks, and even keeping pace with Intel's previous-gen flagship Core i7-11700K. At a roughly US$200 price point, the Core i5-12400F offers remarkable value, though you'd need to pair it with a cheaper B660 motherboard and DDR4 RAM to maximize the price-performance proposition. 

With retailers seemingly already having their hands on i5-12400F, it's only a matter of time before Intel makes an official announcement about the Alder Lake price-performance champ.

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-12-21 (Update: 2021-12-22)