Intel hasn’t even officially announced its new Core i9-12900K processor, but it has already been sold by a retailer. The all-new processor is expected to be the flagship of Intel’s new Alder Lake line of processors, offering a chance to reclaim AMD’s performance crown.
A Reddit poster, spotted by Technological point, managed to purchase two Core i9-12900K processors in retail packaging from an unnamed retailer for $ 610 per processor. Similar confusion occurred earlier this year, when retailers started selling Intel’s Rocket Lake processors almost a month before their launch.
The Reddit poster posted a number of photos of the all-new Core i9-12900K processor in its retail packaging, which matches the leaks earlier this month. The box includes a wafer ornament, but it does not detail the frequency of the processor or even its number of cores. As Z690 motherboards are not yet available, the processor is useless without them, so the Reddit poster cannot post any benchmarks or information on the Core i9-12900K.
We are still waiting for Intel to officially detail its flagship processor, and the motherboards that will support it. A number of Asus Z690 motherboards were leaked earlier today, but without specifications or feature lists.
Intel is expected to launch its Alder Lake desktop processors, with the flagship Core i9-12900K, later this month. Alder Lake will feature Intel’s latest hybrid architecture – a mix of high-performance and efficient x86 cores. Alder Lake will also include support for DDR5, PCIe Gen 5, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6E.