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Intel 12th Gen Release date and Price – where to buy Alder Lake CPUs

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Update 11/04/2021: Intel 12th Gen CPUs are now fully released and available to buy! Check below for details!

Intel’s 12th generation of processors, also known as Alder Lake, brings in their new hybrid architecture, combining a mixture of big, high-performance and little, high-efficiency cores to x86 desktop PCs. Information around the Intel 12th gen CPUs is a bit few and far between at the moment but Alder Lake is already starting to look like Intels way back into hearts and minds.

The 12th gen launch has coincided with the all-new Z690 motherboard, featuring the new LGA 1700 socket, DDR5 RAM support, and PCIe 5.0, making this a very exciting time for the enthusiast.

We are going to look at where to buy the Intel 12th Gen CPUs, the 12th-gen release date, the possible price for each SKU, and pre order options.

Intel 12th Gen release date

The release date for 12th Gen Intel CPUs is here! This release date has sparked some tasty Black Friday deals on older generation processors and we assume they will release the three main SKUs first (i9-12900K, i7-12700K, and i5-12600K), with the rest following in 2022. Pre orders started on 27 September but it still looks like there’s some stock left!

Intel 12th Gen price

Intel 12th Gen prices are now officially confirmed on various store pages around the world. Prices for the most popular models are as follows:

Intel Core  i9-12900K – Around $600

Intel Core  i7-12700K – Around $400

Intel Core  i5-12600K – Around $350

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen CPUs – US

All the Intel 12th-gen where-to-buy links for the major retailers in the US will be listed below. Demand is already high for the new Alder Lake CPUs so be quick !

Amazon US – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Best Buy – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen CPUs – UK

All major UK retailers have begun releasing Intel 12th gen Alder lake CPUs, have a look at the range below!

Amazon UK – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Scan – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Overclockers – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Ebuyer – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Currys – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Novatech – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – Canada

Just like everywhere else, major retailers in Canada have gone live with Alder Lake!, have a browse below!

Amazon CA – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – France

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – Germany

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – Spain

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – Italy

Intel 12th Gen specifications

The entire Alder Lake 12th-Gen lineup features many CPUs which we will show below when the information becomes available but for the purpose of this article, we will only be focusing on the core lineup: Intel Core i9-12900(K)Intel Core i7-12700(K)Intel Core i5-12600(K), & Intel Core i5-12400

Let’s take a closer look at what we can expect from the popular models.

Intel Core i9-12900K –

  • Base Clock – 3.2 GHz
  • Max Boost – 5.3 GHz
  • 30 MB L3 Cache
  • 16/24 threads

Intel Core i7-12700K –

  • Base Clock – 3.6 GHz
  • Max Boost – 5 GHz
  • 25 MB L3 Cache
  • 12/20 threads

Intel Core i5-12600K –

  • Base Clock – 3.7 GHz
  • Max Boost – 4.9 GHz
  • 16 MB L3 Cache
  • 10/16 threads

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