Retailers are beginning to reveal their street prices and
availability for Intel's new 12th-gen Alder Lake processors, and
while they're not outlandish, they're not especially pretty either.
Intel's next-gen CPUs are slated to officially hit the streets on
November 4, though several sites already have them available for
Intel unveiled the speeds, feeds and prices of its Alder Lake 12th-gen
Core processors last week, alongside the KF models. While the
standard versions of Alder Lake include an integrated GPU, the KF
versions do not, as they're designed for PC users who already have
a discrete graphics card. Using PCWorld's
automated tool to determine Alder Lake's retail price and
availability, it appears that a few days before launch those KF
versions are nowhere to be found.
As expected, you'll pay a premium over Intel's list price to buy
the new 12th-gen Core chips. Remember, Intel releases its pricing
in what are known as tray prices, or lots of 1,000 units.
Traditionally, that's because Intel typically announces prices with
retailers in mind, who buy up the chips in lots of 1,000 CPUs or so
to pass along to end customers. Those retailers then mark up the
prices of the CPUs to eke out a profit.
With the supply chain stretched thin, it was unclear whether or
not end users would be able to find Intel's Alder Lake CPUs at
anything close to the manufacturer's suggested retailer price, or
MSRP. That chips are available and priced reasonably close to the
tray prices is good news â€” though reviews of the new processor have
yet to be released. (It's worth noting that retailers have shipped
a few individual units early, though there have also been anecdotal
reports that those retailers have asked end users not to post
Since our tool will constantly scan retailers for the best
prices, you can use this page to check back for the best prices on
Alder Lake, and to see if Intel's 12th-gen Core chips are in stock.