Intel’s Innovation event is still a few weeks away, where we expect Intel to announce Alder Lake CPUs. However, the shocking news is that retailers have started listing new CPU series even before any official announcement from Intel. Previously, the price leaked from the Netherlands, and now we have the first price leak from the US, which might give a better reflection of Intel’s MSRP, which isn’t confirmed yet.
A retailer named Provantage is offering two variants of Alder Lake CPUs, either on a tray or boxed (possibly with the new reference coolers). There isn’t a significant price difference between the boxed and tray version, although some tray CPUs are more expensive than boxed editions.
It looks like the flagship Core i9-12900K with 8 Performance and 8 Efficient Cores will retail at 605 USD, while its KF sub-variant(without integrated graphics) will have a price tag of 578 USD. Next in line, Core i7 SKUs: 12700K and 12700KF will be available for 421USD and 394 USD, respectively (an average price of box/tray editions). Last but not least, the Core i5 series will have a price tag of 287/262 USD for the K and KF variants of the Core i5-12600 model.
There appears to be some confusion regarding the specifications of these hybrid CPUs. The retailer has listed the incorrect core count in the product title and description while the thread count is correct.
In comparison to the previous leaks, the prices are a bit lower, which put a 100 USD higher price tag on the flagship Core i9 series. If we assume that Provantage’s pricing reflects MSRP properly, then we will witness a 5 to 12% price increase over the 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S series.