Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs continue to perform less than admirably in the German market. The latest figures from Mindfactory (Week 45), Germany show that AMD’s Ryzen CPUs have been consistently outselling Intel’s 12th Gen offerings even during launch week. During the said week, the retailer sold 2,050 AMD AM4 motherboards and 2,630 Ryzen CPUs.
Intel’s LGA1200 and LGA1700 platforms, on the other hand, sold 725 and 305 motherboards, respectively. Meanwhile, the CPU count was 900 for the former and 465 for the latter. Even the combined sales figures for Alder Lake and Rocket Lake are a fair bit lower than that of the Ryzen family: 1365 Intel CPUs vs 2630 AMD CPUs.
It’s unclear why Intel’s new processors are selling poorly, but it could have to do with supply. It’s worth noting that the 12th Gen lineup has still not been launched in South Asian markets like India, Pakistan, and neighboring countries. In addition to this, Alder Lake requires users to buy a new motherboard, and in most cases new memory kits as well. DDR5 kits are still quite pricey and don’t provide much of a performance boost. Furthermore, the Z690 motherboards are also priced on the higher-end. When you pair that with a Core i9-12900K, you’re looking at an overall bill of over $1,000. As for the Core i5-12600K which is the most appealing SKU, many will just wait for the budget H series chipsets to keep costs down, and get a better value for their money.
As for the Ryzen 5000 parts, anyone with a B450 or X470 board can upgrade without spending on another other than the CPU. It’s for the reason why Zen 3D (Ryzen 5000 XT/6000) will be an appealing upgrade for many users, although only the 500 series boards are likely going to be supported.