Intel's new Alder Lake processors are out now with official prices from $264 to $589. Read our Intel Core i9-12900k and Core i5-12600k review and you'll see why they're sure to sell out fast — outperforming its AMD competition and offering impressive value for money.
These new 12th Gen processors from Intel bring big changes to the status quo and competitive pricing that brings the fight to AMD.
The big differences here come in the form of a new hybrid x86 architecture, which uses a combination of performance cores and efficient cores for a combo of performance and power efficiency, alongside support for PCIe 5.0 storage and DDR5 RAM.
Convinced? We've set up this page to collect all the different places where you can buy an Alder Lake processor.
Intel Core i5-12600K: Where to Buy
US Intel Core i5-12600K retailers at a glance: Amazon | Best Buy | Newegg
UK Intel Core i5-12600K retailers at a glance: eBuyer | Overclockers
Pricing and availability is pretty consistent across the US and UK: $299 (£289). Amazon is showing a saving from $342.50 to $319.99, but this is still $20 more than the recommended retail price.
Intel Core i7-12700K: Where to Buy
US Intel Core i7-12700K retailers at a glance: Amazon | Best Buy | Newegg
UK Intel Core i7-12700K retailers at a glance: Overclockers | eBuyer
Availability has become easier over the course of launch, as stock is available at Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg.
It's a similar situation in the UK too, as eBuyer has it up for £409 and Overclockers' price is £10 more.
Intel Core i9-12900K: Where to Buy
US Intel Core i9-12900K retailers at a glance: Amazon | Best Buy | Newegg
UK Intel Core i9-12900K retailers at a glance: Overclockers | eBuyer
The final model of the big three is technically available on Amazon, but the price has been scalped to a whopping $1064! Luckily, you can still find it for $620 at Best Buy and Newegg.
Pricing isn't even available on eBuyer over in the UK, but based on the £599 price tag at Overclockers, we expect it to be similar in cost.
Best of the rest
Of course, these are the three headline CPUs, but Intel is releasing a whole slew of new 12th Gen processors to meet all of your requirements and budgets.
Here is a quick fire list of the best places to secure your processor. We will keep this updated once new SKUs are live.
- Intel Core i5-112600KF: Newegg | Amazon | Best Buy | eBuyer (UK) | Overclockers (UK)
- Intel Core i7-12700KF: Newegg | Amazon | Best Buy | eBuyer (UK) | Overclockers (UK)
- Intel Core i9-12900KF: Newegg | Amazon | Best Buy | eBuyer (UK) | Overclockers (UK)
While I'm still tempted to upgrade, I have to admit that it makes a HELL OF A LOT more sense to wait another year for Raptor Lake and Zen 4 to kick in. The chip shortages will hopefully start declining, and the Z690 motherboards and DDR5 selection and pricing will become a whole different story by then.
It's sold out at the moment, but just to let you know.
.. you can order some popcorn though
I bought my Alder Lake from B&H Photo and they are an awesome vendor to deal with in my experiences.