Intel hasn’t even officially announced its new Core i9-12900K processor, but it has already been sold by a dealer. The unreleased CPU is expected to be the flagship for Intel’s new line of Alder Lake processors and will offer an opportunity to do that Achievement crown from AMD.
A Reddit poster, discovered by Techspot, managed to purchase two Core i9-12900K processors in retail packaging from an unnamed vendor for $ 610 per CPU. A similar mix-up occurred earlier this year when retailers started selling Intel’s Rocket Lake CPUs almost a month before they were launched.
The Reddit poster posted a series of photos of the unreleased Core i9-12900K processor in its retail box that match leaks from earlier this month. The box contains a wafer ornament, but it doesn’t give any details about the processor frequency or even the number of cores. Since Z690 motherboards are not yet available, the processor is useless without them, so the Reddit poster cannot post any benchmarks or information on the Core i9-12900K.
We’re still waiting for Intel to officially detail its flagship processor and the motherboards that support it. A range of Asus Z690 motherboards leaked earlier todaybut without specifications or feature lists.
Rumor has it that Intel will launch its Alder Lake desktop CPUs with the flagship Core i9-12900K later this month. Alder Lake is introduced Intel’s latest hybrid architecture: a mix of performance and efficiency x86 cores. Alder Lake also offers support for DDR5, PCIe Gen 5, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6E.