Intel 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs revealed, flagship 12900K launches November 4th for $589

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Oct 28, 2021 11:09 AM

The wait is finally over as Intel recently held their latest Innovation event where they officially revealed the 12th generation of Core processors based on the Alder Lake architecture, announcing the official specs, pricing, and performance of 6 new CPUs coming on November 4th.

We’ve heard and seen lots of leaks up to now, which has built the hype for Alder Lake as a significant comeback for Intel after the disappointing launch of the 11th gen Rocket Lake CPUs and AMD’s strong launch of their Ryzen 5000 processors. So do they live up to expectations? Let’s find out…

Intel 12th gen Alder Lake specs


Alder Lake is launching with just 6 different CPUs on November 4th: the Core i9-12900K and Core i9-12900KF, the Core i7-12700K and Core i7-12700KF, and the Core i5-12600K and Core i5-12600KF. The flagship 16-core 12900K comes in at $589, whereas the 10-core i5-12600K will launch for $289. The Core i7-12700K is priced at $409.

Intel 12th gen Alder Lake performance

Obviously the next thing we want to know is how well will Alder Lake perform? These new processors are a little more expensive than the 11th gen Rocket Lake CPUs (though nowhere near the absurdly-high leaked pricing a few days ago), so performance has to be worth it in gaming and workloads.


In terms of gen-on-gen performance, the Core i9-12900K outperforms the Core i9-11900K by up to 50%, but mostly in the 10-20% range across various popular games. However, when compared to AMD’s top-end CPU at the moment, the Ryzen 9 5950X, the 12900K outperforms it most of the time, and can even offer up to 30% better performance in CPU-heavy games:


What do you think? Are you excited for Intel Alder Lake? How do you feel about the specs, pricing, and performance above? Which CPU are you most interested in? Let us know your thoughts!

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16:40 Oct-28-2021

I'll wait for gaming nexus, to see how "massive" it's going to be :)

14:00 Oct-28-2021

Dont forget Intel tested gaming performance in Windows 11 while by that time AMD had 15% performace loss in W11

06:45 Oct-30-2021

But they did also show their own CPU's performance. So if you wanted, you could go and see how much FPS the CPU they compared it with makes, with the 3090 of course. So in a way, they haven't really rigged the performance by much, or in any way. I honestly am sceptical until there are actual reviews.

13:39 Oct-28-2021


13:45 Oct-28-2021



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