Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake-S processors are just a few days away from officially being announced. As you may expect, leaks have been rampant as the launch date draws near. We’ve seen benchmarks of the Core i5-12600K, 12700K as well as the 12900K. Courtesy of @momomo, we’ve also got a sneak peek of the pricing. Micro Center was quick to list the Alder Lake processors the other day along with the pricetags which are likely the MSRPs.
The source was able to take a snapshot of these listings, allowing us a delayed look. Intel appears to be pricing Alder Lake quite aggressively. The Core i7-12700K which is a 12 core processor (8 Golden Cove + 4 Gracemont) is priced at $469.99, just $20 more than the official MSRP of the octa-core Ryzen 7 5800X. Granted the latter has dropped in price since launch to nearly $400, but the 12700K should be significantly faster in multi-threaded workloads.
The Alder Lake-S flagship is priced at $699 which is pretty damn neat. Packing 16 cores (8 Golden Cove + 8 Gracemont), the Core i9-12900K is likely going to be the fastest desktop processor for the time being. A solid IPC uplift of 20%+ for Golden Cove and an increased thread count should put it on par (if not faster) with the Ryzen 9 5950X. Interestingly, the latter is priced at $799, $130 more than the speculated price of the 12900K. If this truly is the case, then we’re heading towards a major shakeup in the PC CPU market.
AMD will have a chance to tackle Alder Lake in early 2022 with Zen 3D (V-Cache). 3D stacked Ryzen processors will retain the AM4 socket and the B550/X570 motherboards, giving existing users a final upgrade path before the introduction of the AM5 platform.