Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake desktop CPUs might be launching on November 4th according to MSI

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Sep 27, 2021 11:39 AM

If you bought an MSI Coreliquid CPU cooler, then you might be eligible for a free mounting upgrade kit for the upcoming Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake desktop CPUs, which use the LGA 1700 socket. However, this promotion has seemingly leaked the official launch date for Intel’s next-gen processors.

Intel confirmed that Alder Lake CPUs will be launching at the end of the year, and a previous rumor pinned a November 19th launch date. MSI’s current promotion on a free mounting upgrade kit for their Coreliquid CPU cooler starts on November 4th, and according to some sources, is the official release date for Intel Alder Lake processors.

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The sources mentioned that November 4th is the sales and review embargo for Alder Lake. Additionally, pre-orders for Alder Lake will be going live on October 27th with an official announcement alongside it at the Intel Innovation event. However, there is no mention of when compatible motherboards will launch as well. It’s possible that compatible motherboards will launch on the same day as Alder Lake or go on sale a short while sooner. 

Either way, we know of at least 3 CPU models which will be launching on November 4th: the Core i9-12900K, Core i7-12700K, and the Core i5-12600K. The KF-series of processors without integrated graphics will also reportedly launch on the same day.

Hopefully these dates are true, which is more than likely at this point. Which means we should be getting official pricing and specs for Intel Alder Lake on October 27th. It also means we should get an idea of how well these CPUs will perform, which is especially exciting after some single core and multi-core benchmarks for the Core i9-12900K have been leaked this week.

What do you think? Are you excited for Intel Alder Lake? Are you looking to upgrade your CPU this generation? Or will you wait a bit after launch to see how others fare? Let us know!

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23:29 Sep-27-2021

I will wait and see pricing and reviews. I am in no hurry to upgrade, but would like to and in a way, it is funny. Because I could already be upgraded to Ryzen 5600 or 5700X, if AMD would release them... now they might lose me to Intel, provided Alder Lake is actually good and well priced. I am not above going back to Intel, if that makes sense and means I don't have to spend 300USD on latest 6 core, because AMD feels like profiting more than taking market share. And AMD really stopped caring for sub 300USD market, I am even surprised they released 56000G, but I suppose they felt it was nerfed enough with cache reduction. But as is obvious, I do think AMD is turning into what Intel was and I do think they need to get their asses kicked back in line with competition. Like ever since they tried to cut support for 400 series chipset for new CPUs, because it was inconvenient, they aren't exactly consumer friendly company I liked before. So Intel it might be for my next CPU.

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21:06 Sep-27-2021

I have a 3700x, so if I upgrade it'll be to 5000 Ryzen. Unless Intel really really steals the show with these cpus. And has good priced mobos

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12:32 Sep-27-2021

Theres nothing to play and i´ll probably do a full new build once amd/nvidia launch next gen gpus.

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16:14 Sep-27-2021

Nothing to play? :D man, maybe its just me, but for me there is too much to play these days :) Backlog is huge

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16:29 Sep-27-2021

Hey same with me, can't keep up with the backlog of games i want to play. Just now i managed to start Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice a game from 2017... And there are so many more games i want to try that are few years old. And having bought a Quest 2 VR headset some 4 months ago, that is another game list of VR titles in itself i want to try.

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19:24 Sep-27-2021

yeah as i said my backlog mostly consists of couple of older and quite a few of 2017-2020 games as well: prey, bioshock 1 and 2, darksiders franchise, dragon age franchise, dying light, metro exodus, elex, greedfall, halo master chief, titan fall both games, grim dawn, borderlands franchise, heavy rain, rdr2, far cry new dawn, alan wake, ac valhala, control, death stranding, detroit BH, mafia definitive ed, rage 2, jedi fallen order, outer worlds, watch dogs legion, and bunch of others :D

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