In a word: Dutch Amazon became the last retailer to list part of the Alder Lake series ahead of its launch. While the listing does not claim to sell the processors, unlike some questionable Chinese listings, it does confirm earlier information on the packaging and includes new pricing information.
By now, you’re probably familiar with Alder Lake, Intel’s upcoming 12th Generation Core processors. Their specifications have been widely disclosed, tenuous benchmarks have emerged, and a handful of flawed details about their launch have surfaced.
Last month, a few prices posted by a leaker suggested the series would cost uncomfortably more than their predecessors. The 12900K was pinned at $ 705. But soon after, US retailer Provantage listed more reasonably priced processors, including $ 605 for the flagship 12900K.
Now the Dutch version of Amazon has rang add a third opinion. Converted to USD and tax free, the Core i9-12900K is priced at $ 812, the i7-12700K at $ 615, and the i5-12600K at $ 311.
Hardware is often more expensive in Europe than in America, but even so, those prices are baffling.
|Model||Price displayed (Euros, VAT included)||Prices excluding taxes (Euros, excluding VAT)||Price USD (excluding VAT)||Cores / Threads|
|I9-12900K kernel||€ 846.92||700 €||$ 812||16/24|
|Core i7-12700K||€ 641.38||€ 530||$ 615||12/20|
|Core i5-12600K||€ 323.83||€ 268||$ 311||10/16|
Amazon can anticipate a shortage of processors and preemptively price them above their recommended retail price. But, because Intel uses its own foundries to make them, there could be enough processors to force retailers to lower their prices over time.
Amazon’s listing also shows Alder Lake’s new boxes, which were leaked a few days ago.
Intel is expected to announce the Alder Lake line at its Innovation event on October 28-29. The processors will go on sale a week later.
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