The next batch of Intel’s 12th-generation Alder Lake CPUs will go on sale soon. American retailer BestBuy took the lead and announced the pricing of almost the entire 12th-generation series, from entry-level Pentium to high-end i9. These CPUs are expected to be officially unveiled at CES in early January.
Bestbuy list (By momomo_us) The price has been deleted, but at the time of writing, the specifications and models of the CPU still exist. The list includes some models that we think are ready to sweep the budget market, including the i5-12400 and 12400F, which may eventually become the king of budget games. The US price of the CPU is as follows.
- Core i9 12900-$529.99
- Core i9 12900F-$509.99
- Core i7 12700-$359.99
- Core i7 12700F-$329.99
- Core i5 12600-$239.99
- Core i5 12500-$219.99
- Core i5 12400-$209.99
- Core i5 12400F-$179.99
- Core i3 12100-$139.99
- Core i3 12100F-$109.99
- Pentium G7400-$79.99
- Pentium G6900-$59.99
Since the new CPUs are equipped with a 65W basic TDP, their basic clocks are significantly reduced compared to the more expensive K 125W similar products. But a basic clock doesn’t mean a lot, if you have something better than a basic cooler, all these CPUs will be happy to run for a long time with maximum turbo power.
At the high end, we have i9 12900 and 12900F, F means that this model lacks Xe integrated graphics. The price of the 12900F is US$510, and the price of the 12900 is US$530.
We also learned about the new 12th-generation radiator, including the radiator that Intel will bundle with the i9 SKU. The coolers certainly look better than the old Intel coolers, although we have to wait and see to see how they perform.
According to listing information, the prices of i7 12700 and 12700F are $360 and $330, respectively. They still contain eight P cores, so they are excellent all-round CPUs and only lack four E cores compared to the 12900 model.
The range of i5 is a bit much. Only the i5-12600K is equipped with E cores, while the remaining i5 models only have six P cores. The clock seems to be the only difference between them. The 12600 is priced at 240 US dollars, the 12500 is priced at 220 US dollars, the 12400 is priced at 210 US dollars, and the excellent 12400F is priced at a very attractive 180 US dollars. Pair the last one with any GPU you want to name, and you will get very good gaming performance at a low price.
At the bottom of the stack are the quad-core i3 12100 and 12100F. They are priced at $140 and $110 respectively. As a gamer, upgrading to 12400F is definitely worth it, but if your budget is very tight, these should be able to perform well in less demanding games. The entry-level Pentium Gold G7400 and G6900 are both 2C/4T models. To be honest, they are not very attractive to anything except a basic Internet box or office PC. Their prices are 80 US dollars and 60 US dollars.
It looks like Intel will dominate the entry-level CPU market. AMD now has almost nothing to compete with. The 5600X is too expensive to be considered a budget CPU, and AMD has never replaced their entry-level 3100 and 3300X with a 5000 series model.
If you are using a 12th generation system but don’t want to jump to the more expensive K model or Z690 motherboard, then January looks very interesting. Please stay tuned for more news from CES in early January.