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Best Intel Core i7-12700K Deal for Cyber Monday: From $418

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Intel’s new Alder Lake-S family of desktop processors launched earlier this month and won plenty of praise for outstanding gaming and productivity performance. The current middle child in the Alder Lake-S family, the Core i7-12700K, has earned its place as one of the best CPUs for gaming, and there are deals to be found on the processor for Cyber Monday.

The Core i7-12700K is usually priced around the $450 mark but is currently marked down to $418 at retailers like Newegg and Amazon. At that price, the Core i7-12700K smokes its closest competitor from AMD, the Ryzen 7 5800X. Not only did the Alder Lake chip outpace the Ryzen 7 5800X in 1080p gaming performance, but it also edged ahead of the 12-core/24-thread Ryzen 9 5900X that retails for ~$520. What’s even better is that you don’t even have to use pricey DDR5 memory to achieve stellar performance; legacy DDR4 memory works just fine as well.

was $449, now $418 at Newegg

Intel Core i7-12700Kwas $449, now $418 at Newegg
The Core i7-12700K wields Intel's latest hybrid microarchitecture with a combination of 8 Performance-cores and 4 Efficiency-cores. The Alder Lake chip flaunts boost clocks of up to 5 GHz and nearly matches the gaming prowess of the 12900K.

was $449, now $419 at Best Buy

Intel Core i7-12700Kwas $449, now $419 at Best Buy

The Core i7-12700K wields Intel's latest hybrid microarchitecture with a combination of 8 Performance-cores and 4 Efficiency-cores. The Alder Lake chip flaunts boost clocks of up to 5 GHz and nearly matches the gaming prowess of the 12900K.

In heavily multi-threaded tests — previously a strong point for Zen architecture — the Core i7-12700K blew past its Ryzen 7 5800X rival with 40 percent greater performance. In fact, the Core i7-12700K’s price-to-performance ratio is so compelling that many people may wonder if it’s even worth it to pay extra for the flagship Core i9-12900K. If it were us, we’d save the nearly $200 and go with the Core i7-12700K.

The Core i7-12700K uses Intel’s new hybrid CPU architecture based on the Intel 7 process node. The processor features eight Golden Cove Performance (P) cores and four Gracemont Efficiency (E) cores. Put them together, and you have a total of 12 physical cores capable of executing 20 threads (the Gracemont cores don’t have Hyper-Threading enabled).

Regarding other important specs, the Core i7-12700K P cores have a 3.6 GHz base clock and a maximum turbo frequency of 5.0 GHz (TVB). The E cores chime in at 2.7 GHz and 3.8 GHz, respectively. The processor has a TDP of 125 watts and supports up to DDR4-3200 or DDR5-4800 memory. Another nicety afforded by accompanying Z690 motherboards is support for the PCIe 5.0 interface.

Best Intel Core i7-12700K Deals

was $449, now $418 at Newegg

Intel Core i7-12700Kwas $449, now $418 at Newegg
The Core i7-12700K wields Intel's latest hybrid microarchitecture with a combination of 8 Performance-cores and 4 Efficiency-cores. The Alder Lake chip flaunts boost clocks of up to 5 GHz and nearly matches the gaming prowess of the 12900K.

was $449, now $418 at Newegg

Intel Core i7-12700Kwas $449, now $418 at Newegg
The Core i7-12700K wields Intel's latest hybrid microarchitecture with a combination of 8 Performance-cores and 4 Efficiency-cores. The Alder Lake chip flaunts boost clocks of up to 5 GHz and nearly matches the gaming prowess of the 12900K.

Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware. He has written about PC and Mac tech since the late 1990s with bylines at AnandTech, DailyTech, and Hot Hardware. When he is not consuming copious amounts of tech news, he can be found enjoying the NC mountains or the beach with his wife and two sons.