After months of sky-high price leaks and hand-wringing by the
tech press over how much more expensive the new chip would be,
Intel's 12th-gen Alder Lake CPUs are here and the the prices are
If you don't already know, the flagship 16-core Core i9-12900K
will cost US$589, the 12-core Core i7-12700K will cost US$409, and the
10-core Core i5-12600K will price in at US$289.
Most people will be drawn to the Core i5, which, we'll point
out, is awfully close to the adjusted-for-inflation US$263 price tag
of a 2011 Core i5-2500K.
The pricing of Intel's 12th-gen parts doesn't matter without the
performance, of course. And while we don't have independent reviews
of Intel's lineup yet, aggressive statements by Intel CEO Pat
Gelsinger that AMD's time in the sun is over, appear to be backed
up by the performance claims released by the company today.
Intel's own CPU
comparison chart. Image: Intel
The company appears to have no problem thumping its chest by
claiming the Core i9-12900K is the best gaming CPU. And although
details of how it compares to AMD's Ryzen 9 5950X in
content-creation tasks have not been released, the 12th-gen offers
a big leap over the poorly received 11th-gen Core i9-11900K, with
Intel claiming everything from a 32 percent to 100 percent increase
in those tasks. How that falls in line with Ryzen 9 isn't yet clear
to us, but when you consider the new 12th-gen Core i9-12900K is
priced at US$589 versus the 11th-gen Core i9-11900K at US$549, that
sounds like a deal to us.
The big question, however, is how it does against AMD's 16-core
Ryzen 9 5950X, which has a list price of $749. If it is
significantly slower in content creation then maybe Intel's new
chip is priced right. If it's as fast—or even faster—than we can
probably all agree the pricing is truly aggressive AF.