Intel's New Core i9-12900K Processor Accidentally Sold Before Its Release

The processor is expected to start shipping on November 4

Intel’s new Core i9-12900K processor accidentally was sold to someone before the company even released information about it. 

First spotted by Techspot on Thursday, a Reddit user was able to purchase the unreleased processor, known as Alder Lake, ahead of its official launch. Reddit user Seby9123 allegedly purchased two processors for $610 each and posted photos of the packaging they received. 

Intel logo at an event
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The processor comes in blue packaging, and the unit, itself, is enclosed in a gold disc. The packing posted by Seby9123 matches the exact packaging that was leaked at the beginning of this month

The Verge reports that a retail listing from Micro Center also leaked the specs of the chip. These include a 3.2GHz operating frequency, a turbo speed of 5.2GHz,16 cores, 24 threads, and 30MB of L3 cache. The listing also details a thermal power of 125W, support for DDR5 memory, and PCIe Gen 5.

Intel is expected to launch the Core i9-12900K processor during its event on Thursday, October 28. Shipping for the processors is expected to begin on November 4, but that has not yet been confirmed. 

According to Business Insider, a global chip shortage impacts automakers and consumer electronics companies, resulting in the demand outpacing supply worldwide. An Acer executive previously said that customers could expect the chip shortage to last into the second quarter of 2022

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