The first Intel Alder Lake CPU box packages for the Core i9-12900K, Core i7, and Core i5 SKUs leaked as the Chinese e-commerce site Taobao, has recently seen an influx of new Intel Alder Lake-S CPUs being sold on its website, discovered by Twitter user Yuuki_ans.
Intel Alder Lake CPU Box Bundles Leaked, Includes Core i9, Core i7, Core i5 SKUs – Flagship Core i9-12900K Now Sold in China for $ 700 USD
The packages in the box were filtered by Videocardz and showcase the Intel Alder Lake Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs with their boxed packages. It is interesting to note that the flagship Core i9-12900K will come with a larger package than usual, which may suggest that it could be paired with a boxed CPU cooler, although that wouldn’t make much sense considering those who will buy a flagship. 12900K will also invest in high-end cooling over a standard CPU cooler. Intel is expected to update its line of stock coolers as reported here.
Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake CPU Box Pack (Image Credits: Videocardz)
Intel Core i9 / Core i7 / Core i5 CPU Box Packages (Image Credits: Videocardz)
What’s interesting about the processors for sale is that they are engineering samples, something that we would see Intel supply to “system integrators, original equipment manufacturers, and motherboard manufacturers” to prepare for the launch of their newest processor.
This type of black market selling is not new to the industry. In fact, Intel knows that computer processor samples are sold before launch. Typically, a company won’t interrupt or track what’s going on unless they see their processors being sold with next-gen motherboards.
The real problem is that Intel will be subject to several leaks before launch, which could be bad for staying ahead of competitors with their advancements and possibly seeing another manufacturer rush to create their own version pulled directly from Intel.
What we see in the image from the Taobao site is labeled as the Intel i9-12900K Core processor, even if it is not labeled as the actual chip. Some are stamped “ES2”, which means they are second generation engineering samples.
Engineering samples are rarely a sign of the final product, especially when motherboard manufacturers are testing the product against their designs and reporting any defects or compatibility issues to Intel. Either way, the Alder Lake-S processors are still working for the most part, if not completely, and can be used by consumers and enthusiasts who are willing to take the risk of using engineering samples.
We are seeing price ranges of around ¥ 4500, or $ 700, however the final retail cost of the product is still unknown. It is not recommended that anyone buy the chip from the black market without the strict warning that the product is not a final version and may or may not be completely flawed in use.
The 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake-S CPU family, including the flagship Core i9-12900K, will launch in November, leading the way for Intel’s newest processing designs in future releases.