Early Intel Core i9-12900K “Alder Lake” for sale

Prior to the launch of new processors, manufacturers usually send development samples (Eng. Engineering Samples, ES) of future processors. Usually these PC builders and other players reach a few weeks or at most a few months before the launch, in just the right time for partners to be able to evaluate the new products in different contexts. However, it happens that the specifications are rearranged before the final launch.

More completed development copies are instead called Qualification Samples (QS), and instead better match the final product. Three such processors with alleged residency in the upcoming Core 12000 series “Alder Lake” were spotted last week in a specification list. Now the top version Core i9-12900K in qualifying copies is found on the market.


It’s the Chinese blogger YuuKi_AnS (via Tom’s Hardware) which reports that copies of “Alder Lake” -based Intel Core i9-12900K are for sale at less accurate marketplaces. The price is claimed to be approximately USD 1,100, which at today’s exchange rate corresponds to SEK 9,600 excluding VAT.

It is worth noting that the prices of pre-copies are rarely indicative of the end customer price of the finished products. What looks trickier today is to put together a complete platform to actually mount the processor on. Motherboards with the upcoming Z690 circuit set and socket 1700, like the twelfth generation Core processors, have not yet been launched.

Would you dare to buy a qualifying copy of a processor?

Source: SweClockers by www.sweclockers.com.

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