Pricing for Alder Lake has leaked, and it appears like it will burn a hole in your wallet.

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Intel’s 12th-generation processors are said to be fast, hot, and costly.

If the current rumours are accurate, anyone who want to upgrade or create a new PC based on Intel’s Alder Lake platform would have to pay a high premium for the privilege. And it doesn’t even take into consideration scalpers, who have the potential to drive retail prices over the roof.

Alder Lake is poised to be the most exciting family of Intel processors in recent years, after several iterations that have been stuck on the same 14 nm process node as Skylake and more or less the same overall recipe. Rocket Lake was supposed to represent a fundamental break from the past, but it didn’t quite capture the interest of consumers in the way the company wanted.

As we’re getting closer to the arrival of Alder Lake’s first wave, early benchmarks indicate Intel might finally have some promising CPUs for gamers and enthusiasts. And thanks to a tiny slip-up at European and US retailers spotted by @momomo_us, we now know what to expect in terms of pricing for the new processors, as well as some new bits about their specifications.

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Model European Price (w/ VAT) US Price (w/o VAT) Cores/Threads L3 Cache Size
Core i9-12900K €736/€741 $705 16/24 30MB
Core i7-12900KF €704/€708 $674 16/24 30MB
Core i7-12700K €524/€520 $495 12/20 25MB
Core i7-12700KF €492/€487 $464 12/20 25MB
Core i5-12600K €365/€358 $343 10/16 16MB
Core i5-12600KF €333/€326 $312 10/16 16MB

According to the leak, the flagship Core i9-12900K will offer a combination of eight Golden Cove performance cores and eight Gracemont efficiency cores for a price that is higher than the Core i9-11900list K’s price of $610/€523, but lower than the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, which is currently listed at $749/€789 on Amazon.

The same cannot be stated for the 12th-generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors. The Core i7-12700K, for example, will be more expensive than both the Core i7-11700K and the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. The Core i5-12600K will be more expensive than the Core i5-11600K and AMD Ryzen 5 5600X.


For those who do not require the iGPU, Intel will make KF versions available for roughly $30/€30 less. Of course, we’re comparing leaked costs to official list prices, but it appears that Intel is more confidence in its more mainstream Alder Lake CPU variants. If the performance boost is significant enough to justify the higher price, Alder Lake may appear to be a steal when it launches next month.

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Another consideration is that Alder Lake CPUs can only be installed in new motherboards with an LGA 1700 socket, which adds to the cost of upgrading from an earlier platform. And if you’re planning to become an early adopter of DDR5 memory, be prepared to pay a hefty price for that, too. On the other hand, Noctua cooler owners can get a free mounting kit for Alder Lake CPUs in both standard chrome and Chromax versions.


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