Intel Core i5-12400F with stock cooler purchased in Peru

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Bottom Line: Intel is expected to introduce its first non-K Alder Lake processors at CES in two weeks, and we've just seen what is believed to be a retail unit of one of these CPUs, complete tuned with new stock cooler.

We've been hearing about Intel testing new heatsink designs since September. Now Peruvian news site XanxoGaming has embarked on the purchase of a retail version of the Core i5-12400F.

The cooler matches previous leaked images of the Laminar RM1, with a spiral design that makes it look quite similar to AMD's Wraith Stealth and Spire coolers. It also appears a blue LED around the fan.

Unlike the current Alder Lake chips on the market, the Core i5-12400F is a 65W non-K model that lacks any efficiency cores and only has performance cores (6 cores/12 threads). We have previously heard that the chip will offer a base clock of 2.5GHz and boost to 4.4GHz.

XanxoGaming purchased the processor for 899 Sols, about $222 with 18% VAT, as reported by VideoCardz. Removing the VAT would bring the price up to around $188.

Intel's CES press conference, taking place at Mandalay Bay, begins at 10 a.m. PST on January 5. The Alder Lake non-K series processors are expected to launch alongside the B660 motherboards and H610 budget orientation right after the event ends.

Alder Lake has arrived with rave reviews, so it will be interesting to see how the cheaper non-K chips shake up the market and compete with similarly priced AMD options. The 12th generation CPUs have raised Intel's share of the sales market in Germany, although the red team remains the dominant force by far.

In other Intel news, CEO Pat Gelsinger recently reaffirmed his belief that the current chip crisis will not abate until 2023.