Alder Lake is here. More than nine months after it began teasing them at CES, Intel has finally released the first CPUs in its 12th-gen range.

The six new chips are all for desktop PCs, ranging from the mid-spec Core i5-12600KF to the high-end Core i9-12900K, and they're on sale now.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Intel has confirmed that there will be 60 Alder Lake CPUs in total, including those designed for laptops and other portable computers. Throughout the PC sector, more than 500 different devices will use these processors.

The release of all these CPUs (and the devices they power) is expected to take many months. However, this first batch of chips is on sale now, having been released on 4 November. Here's all you need to know about getting your hands on one in the UK and US.

How much do Intel Alder Lake CPUs cost?

As you might expect, how much you’ll pay for an Alder Lake processor depends on how much power you need. Remember, these are just Intel’s recommended prices in the US – it may vary by region and manufacturer:

  • Core i9-12900K - $589 (approx. £430)
  • Core i9-12900KF - $564 (approx. £410)
  • Core i7- 12700K - $409 (approx. £300)
  • Core i7-12700KF - $384 (approx. £280)
  • Core i5-12600K - $289 (approx. £210)
  • Core i5-12600KF - $264 (approx. £190)

Where to pre-order Intel Alder Lake in the UK

You can’t buy CPUs directly from Intel, so you’ll have to go via a third-party retailer. In the UK, pre-orders are live at the following:

  • Overclockers UK - all available to buy except i9-12900KF (can only pre-order)
  • Currys - only i7-12700K and i7-12700KF in stock
  • Ebuyer - only i7-12700KF available, others can only be pre-ordered
  • Box - all available to buy
  • Amazon - only i5-12600KF in stock

Where to pre-order Intel Alder Lake in the US

In the US, here’s where you can pre-order the CPUs now:

  • Amazon -all except i5-12600KF ('currently unavailable') and i9-12900KF ('in stock soon') available
  • Newegg - all in stock
  • Micro Center - only i5-12600K, i7-12700K and i9-12900K available
  • B&H Photo Video - only i5-12600K, i7-12700K and i7-12700KF in stock
  • Best Buy - only i7-12700KF in stock
  • Walmart - only i7-12700KF, i9-12900K and i9-12900KF

Patchy availability in the UK and US shouldn’t come as a surprise. The ongoing global chip shortage had affected the supply of many tech products. It’s expected to continue for many months, so we’d encourage you to get in early if you’re serious about picking up an Alder Lake CPU.

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