Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake CPU – release date & pre order

Taking a look at the 12th Gen Intel processors and known specifications, where to buy the Intel 12th gen CPUs, the price, and pre order options

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen CPUs Alder Lake release date Pre order price

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Update – 27/10/2021 – Scan Links added for Intel Core  i7-12700K and Intel Core  i7-12700KF

Update – 27/10/2021 – Amazon US is now listing the Intel Core i9-12900K for pre order!

Update – 27/10/2021 – Amazon UK and Scan are now listing the Intel 12th gen Alder Lake processors: Intel Core  i9-12900K, Intel Core  i9-12900KF, Intel Core  i7-12700K, Intel Core  i7-12700KF. and the i5-12600K/ KF

Intel’s 12th generation of processors, also known as Alder Lake, brings in their new hybrid architecture, combining a mixture of big, high-performance and little, high-efficiency cores to x86 desktop PCs. Information around the Intel 12th gen CPUs is a bit few and far between at the moment but Alder Lake is already starting to look like Intels way back into hearts and minds.

The 12th gen launch is going to coincide with an all-new Z690 motherboard, featuring the new LGA 1700 socket, DDR5 RAM support, and PCIe 5.0, making this a very exciting time for the enthusiast.

We are going to look at where to buy the Intel 12th Gen CPUs, the 12th-gen release date, the possible price for each SKU, and pre order options.

Intel 12th Gen series release date

The release date for 12th Gen Intel CPUs is set for the 4th of November. This release date could spark some tasty Black Friday deals on older generation processors and we assume they will release the three main SKUs first (i9-12900K, i7-12700K, and i5-12600K), with the rest following in 2022. We believe pre orders start from the 27th of October, indicating the launch is very close.

Intel 12th Gen specifications

The entire Alder Lake 12th-Gen lineup features many CPUs which we will show below when the information becomes available but for the purpose of this article, we will only be focusing on the core lineup: Intel Core i9-12900(K)Intel Core i7-12700(K)Intel Core i5-12600(K), & Intel Core i5-12400

Let’s take a closer look at what we can expect from the popular models.

Intel Core i9-12900K –

  • Base Clock – 3.2 GHz
  • Max Boost – 5.3 GHz
  • 30 MB L3 Cache
  • 16/24 threads

Intel Core i7-12700K –

  • Base Clock – 3.6 GHz
  • Max Boost – 5 GHz
  • 25 MB L3 Cache
  • 12/20 threads

Intel Core i5-12600K –

  • Base Clock – 3.7 GHz
  • Max Boost – 4.9 GHz
  • 16 MB L3 Cache
  • 10/16 threads

Intel 12th Gen series price & pre order

Until the launch, there are no concrete prices across any of the SKUs but for budding buyers who miss out on the initial stock, you should be able to pre order the 12th gen Intel CPUs from all the major retailers.

One thing we are confident about is that the 12th generation Intel processors are likely to be more expensive than the 11th gen. This is obviously down to them featuring more cores and in theory, they should be faster too, making the pricing a little easier to stomach.

We expect the Intel Core i9-12900K to cost around $600-$700, the i7-12700K to be placed around the $400-$500 mark, and the 12600K close to $300.

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen CPUs – US

All the Intel 12th-gen where-to-buy links for the major retailers in the US will be listed below. Remember, demand is likely to be exceptionally high for these – meaning, you’ll have to get in early if you want to secure an Alder Lake CPU.

Amazon US – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Best Buy – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen CPUs – UK

All major UK retailers will stock the 12th gen Alder Lake processors and we will be continually updating this list with all the links we find.

Amazon UK – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Scan – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Overclockers – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Ebuyer – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Currys – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Novatech – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – Canada

Just like everywhere else, major retailers in Canada are yet to post Intel 12th gen listings live yet. However, you can rest assured that when they do, we’ll have all the best places linked below.

Amazon CA – Intel 12th Gen Series CPU listings, pre order, & prices

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – France

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – Germany

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – Spain

Where to buy Intel 12th Gen Series CPUs – Italy