As we wait for Intel to launch its 12th Generation Alder Lake processors, Chinese merchants (via Yuuki_AnS) are already selling engineering samples on Taobao. Since we’re approaching the rumored November 4 (previously November 19) launch date, sellers are probably taking the opportunity to offload the illegal samples.
The Taobao seller advertised the Core i9-12900K samples as an ES2 chips, meaning that these are very close to the final retail samples. We already know that the flaghship Alder Lake part wields 16 cores in total, consisting of eight Golden Cove cores and eight Gracemont cores. The listing exposes a clock speed between 4 GHz and 5 GHz, which falls in line with the leaked specifications.
The Core i9-12900K has been rumored to arrive with a 3.2 GHz base clock and 5.3 GHz boost clock and a 30MB L3 cache. The chip will obviously slot into the new LGA1700 socket and offer DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support.