Intel has yet to officially release pricing and specs for the non-K Alder Lake CPU series, but the entire lineup was leaked today.
Thanks to Best Buy listings, we now know how much these new 12th Gen Intel processors will cost, as well as what kind of performance we can expect from them.
Intel’s line of non-K CPUs is aimed at budget and mid-range builds, although the Core i7 and Core i9 lines are suitable for high-end games. In order to provide a good balance between performance and power usage, these processors are not designed with overclocking in mind. The range covers a long list of CPUs, starting with the ultra-cheap Intel Pentium G7400 and going up to Intel Core i9-12900 and Core i9-12900F.
The Core i9-12900 and Core i9-12900F feature 16 cores and 24 threads, just like their excellent K equivalent, but have different clock speeds and TDPs. These CPUs offer a base clock of 2.4GHz for the performance cores (P) and 1.8GHz for the efficiency cores (E), as well as a maximum boost clock of 5.1GHz. The TDP is much lower than that of the Core i9-12900K processor: 65 watts vs 125 watts. The F variant is priced at $ 499, while the Core i9-12900 is priced at $ 519.
Like the Core i9, the Core i7 processors also offer the same core configuration, but with a lower clock speed and TDP. The Core i7-12700 (F) CPU comes with 12 cores and 20 threads. Clock speeds include 2.1 GHz for the P cores and 1.6 GHz for the E cores. It can be increased to a maximum of 4.9 GHz. In terms of TDP, it is the same as the Core i9 non-K line. : 65W. This CPU will sell for $ 359, and the F variant will sell for $ 329.
The Core i5 lineup features the most notable architectural changes because the non-K line does not offer a hybrid design, which means that there is only one type of core in these CPUs: Golden Cove. These are the Performance (P) cores used in the Core i9 and Core i7 mentioned above, but the 12th-Gen Core i5 non-K version will not feature Gracemont (efficiency) cores.
Both the Intel Core i5-12600 and Core i5-12400 come with six cores and 12 threads. The former has a 3.3GHz base clock and a 4.8GHz turbo clock, while the latter offers 3.0GHz and 4.6GHz respectively. In addition to those two, Intel is also releasing a Core i5-12500 processor with a 2.5GHz base clock and a 4.4GHz turbo clock. These processors are intended for mid-range builds. The Core i5-12600 will sell for $ 240, the Core i5-12500 for $ 220, and the Core i5-12400 for $ 210. The F variant of the Core i5-12400 will be priced at $ 180.
The older processors should work fine in games, but Intel is also releasing some inexpensive CPUs for less demanding use. In the Core i3 line, we can expect to see the Core i3-12300 and 12100. Like the Core i5, these processors only offer Golden Cove cores, both with four cores and eight threads. Intel Core i3-12100 will retail for $ 140 for the base model and $ 110 for the F variant. The 12300 is priced at $ 150.
Intel continues the inexpensive Pentium and Celeron lines, adding one of each to the Alder Lake generation: Intel Pentium G7400 and Intel Celeron G6900 with two performance cores and four threads each. Pentium will offer a 3.7GHz base clock, while Celeron comes with 3.4GHz. These chips are extremely affordable, with the Pentium priced at $ 80 and the Celeron only $ 60.
The new processors were initially leaked on Twitter by @momomo_us. Best Buy has listings for some of these CPUs, but all are currently marked out of stock and not available for purchase.
Today was not a great day for Intel in terms of early leaks. Aside from the above, a Peruvian retailer also started carrying the Core i5-12400F CPU even before it was announced.