Although Intel has not yet given an exact release date for the 12th generation Alder Lake platform, it is said that the new processors will be released in early 2022. However, according to YuuKi_AnS, known for recent hardware leaks, engineering samples of some Alder Lake processors have already begun to be secretly sold.
In particular, the qualification samples of the Core i9-12900K model find buyers between 1100 and 1200 dollars. Sales are said to be made in China, which is not surprising when it comes to China. In addition, it should be noted that these processors, also known as quality samples, are the last CPU versions before they finally go on sale. These chips, which are sent to production partners, go through many tests and improvements are made according to the feedback.
It seems that secret sellers are trying to sell Alder Lake samples in bulk and the minimum order is 100 pieces. According to the source, these sellers have little reason to sell Alder Lake motherboards. As you know, the new platform will switch to LGA1700 CPU socket.
The Core i9-12900K packs a total of 16 CPU cores, with eight Golden Cove cores and eight Gracemont cores. Besides, it has 30 MB L3 cache size. In the flagship model, the high-performance Golden Cove cores will be able to reach frequency speeds of 5.3 GHz. Gracemont efficiency cores will see a maximum of 3.9 GHz.