Intel is getting ready to launch their next generation of Core processors soon, and although they haven’t officially confirmed it yet a previous leak suggested a November 4th release date. That’s not too far off, and as such some retailers have already received the CPUs and have accidentally leaked some pricing.
The leaked pricing is for the flagship Core i9-12900K and Core i7-12700K, which are the top-end chips of the lineup so far. The price leak also mentions a November 4th release date, which is on track with the previous launch date leak. Thanks to @momomo_us on Twitter for snapping up a picture of the product page before it was taken down.
According to the leak, the Core i9-12900K will cost $669.99, which is around $130 more than the Core i9-11900K ($539) launched earlier this year. Additionally, the Core i7-12700K is listed for $469.99, a $70 increase over the Core i7-11700K ($399). Both CPUs have seen a significant increase in price over the last generation, but it is expected.
The main reason is likely due to the increased core counts (albeit, made of half performance cores and half efficient cores), and when you compare it against what AMD is offering at the moment they’re actually a lot cheaper. Clearly Intel is trying to offer a cheaper CPU than AMD core-for-core.
For instance, the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X retails for $799, which actually makes the 16-core 12900K look much cheaper by comparison at $669. The same goes for the 12-core 12700K, which will apparently be $150 cheaper than the 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X which retailed for around $549.
Of course, that means we’re likely to see a price drop for the Ryzen 5000 series so AMD can compete against Intel’s new launch, so expect that around the time Intel finally unveils their Alder Lake chips (which will be in just a few days on October 27th at the Intel Innovation event).
All in all, take this information with a grain of salt as usual, but it looks like we might be expecting a price increase for Intel 12th gen Alder Lake. Core-for-core that’s not too bad when comparing against AMD, and if any of those leaked 12900K benchmarks are true then it certainly makes some sense to Intel.
What do you think? Were you expecting a price rise for Alder Lake? Do you think the prices are fair in terms of core-for-core comparison against AMD? Or are they unfair compared to Rocket Lake? Let us know your thoughts!