Bestbuy lists prices for upcoming 12th gen Intel 65W processors
The next batch of 12th generation Intel Alder Lake processors are almost ready to go on sale. US retailer BestBuy took the plunge and revealed pricing for almost the entire 12th gen lineup, from entry-level Pentiums to high-end i9s. The processors are expected to be officially unveiled at CES in early January.
Bestbuy ads (via momomo_us) have since seen the prices removed, but at the time of writing the specs and model numbers of the processors remain. The list includes some models that we believe are set to take the budget market by storm, including what could become the kings of the budget gaming, the i5-12400 and 12400F. US prices for processors are 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
As the new processors all come with a base 65W TDP, they all have significantly reduced base clocks compared to their more expensive 125W K counterparts. But the base clock doesn’t mean much, and all of those processors will be happy to run at their maximum turbo power for long stretches of time if you’ve got something better than a base cooler.
In the high end we have the i9 12900 and 12900F, with the F indicating that the model lacks Xe integrated graphics. They are priced at $ 510 for the 12900F and $ 530 for the 12900.
We’re also looking at new 12th gen coolers, including the one Intel will ship with i9 SKUs. The coolers appear to be an improvement over the older Intel coolers, although we’ll have to wait and see how they perform.
According to the listing, the i7 12700 and 12700F are priced at $ 360 and $ 330 respectively. They still include eight P cores, making them good all-rounders, only missing four E cores compared to the 12900 models.
The i5 range is a little more varied. Only the i5-12600K comes with E cores, while the rest of the i5 models come with six P cores only. The clocks seem to be the only difference between them. The 12600 is priced at $ 240, the 12500 at $ 220, the 12400 at $ 210 and the remarkable 12400F is priced very attractively at $ 180. Pair the latter with any GPU you want to name and you’ll get really good gaming performance on the cheap.
At the lower end of the stack are the i3 12100 and 12100F quad cores. These are priced at $ 140 and $ 110 respectively. As a gamer it’s definitely worth upgrading to the 12400F, but if you’re on a very tight budget these should be capable of performing well in less demanding titles. The entry level Pentium Gold G7400 and G6900 are both 2C / 4T models and frankly they are not very attractive for anything other than a basic internet box or a desktop PC. They are priced at $ 80 and $ 60.
It looks like Intel is poised to dominate the entry-level processor market. AMD has little to compete with at the moment. The 5600X is too expensive to be considered a budget processor, and AMD has never replaced its entry-level 3100 and 3300X models with 5000 series models.
January is shaping up to be very interesting if you’re looking for a 12th gen system, but don’t want to jump into the K models or Z690 motherboards. Stay tuned for more CES news in early January.