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Intel Core i9-12900K CPU Review

Built for the Next Generation of Gaming

A Closer Look

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For the last few generations, Intel has sent media a different ‘experience’ than retail customers which amounts to different packaging with some flashy stuff that looks good in pictures. This generation’s model comes in a sleek black box with an outer sleeve.

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Under the sleeve, you see the Intel logo and a metallic spiral pattern.

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The magnetic closing lid has the slogan ‘Built for the next generation of gaming’ in the same metallic font as the cover.

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Directly under the lid is a large metallic shot of the die showing the physical layout of the hybrid core architecture.

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On the reverse is a panorama of the namesake Alder Lake which is located a short drive south of Seattle Washington, USA.

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Under the metallic display is an acrylic stand bearing the Intel logo.

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With the display stand lifted out of the way we find two small boxes nestled in pockets in the bottom, one for each of the i9-12900K and i5-12600K included in the media kit.

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Inside, Intel’s Core i9-12900K is protected in a clamshell, larger but similar to the previous generations.

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The new LGA1700 processor is the same width as previous generations but is a taller rectangle shape.

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The contacts on the back are more densely packed than LGA1500 and LGA1200 series and include a few different sized pads.

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On the left is an Intel Core i9-9900KS sample from a couple of years ago. On the right is the new larger Intel Core i9-12900K.

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You can see how much more closely packed the LGA1700 socket contacts are.

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Aligned, you can see how previous chips were square while the new 12th gen chips are rectangle.

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