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Expensive not only video cards. For Intel Core i9-12900K in Europe asking for 850 euros

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Official stores began to include Intel Alder Lake processors (aka Core 12) in their price lists. So, Amazon in the Netherlands announced prices for three models of Intel Core 12 processors: Core i9-12900K, Core i7-12700K and Core i5-12600K. All prices are inclusive of 21% local VAT.

Alas, Alder Lake won’t be cheap. The flagship is priced at 847 euros! Subtracting VAT, it turns out that the cost of the Core i9-12900K is 700 euros – which is probably the recommended retail price of the CPU (this is in Europe, and in the US – $ 700). Interestingly, for the same $ 700, the Core i9-12900K can be bought now in China, however, there will be an ES2 engineering sample, but you don’t have to wait until November 4, when the official sales of Alder Lake begin.

Expensive not only video cards.  For Intel Core i9-12900K in Europe asking for 850 euros

Expensive not only video cards.  For Intel Core i9-12900K in Europe asking for 850 euros

The cost of the Core i7-12700K in the Netherlands is 641 euros, while the Core i5-12600K is 324 euros. It is interesting that the frequencies indicated by the store for all three CPUs (3.2 GHz for the Core i9-12900K, 3.6 GHz for the Core i7-12700K and 3.7 GHz for the Core i5-12600K) do not correspond to those mentioned in the most different leaks earlier. These are very low frequencies for the top models of each of the lines, in reality they will be higher.

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New MacBook Air due next year with Mini-LED display like new MacBook Pro, M2 processor and MagSafe

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Several sources have shared details about the next generation MacBook Air. The well-known resource DigiTimes claims that the laptop will receive a Mini-LED screen like the recently debuted MacBook Pro. The new model will allow Apple to increase shipments of these notebooks by 2 million units per year. The report indicates that the 11-inch iPad Pro will also launch next year and will also receive a Mini LED screen.

iOS developer and Apple analyst, known on Twitter by nickname Dylan, has more details on the upcoming MacBook Air. According to him, the new product will be released in mid-2022, will receive support for MagSafe, a webcam that allows you to broadcast Full HD video, USB-C ports, a 30-watt charger. The device will be built on the M2 platform and will receive a completely passive cooling system. The bezels of the screen and keyboard will be reduced, and the top row of keys will become full-size. But there will be no FaceID system, SD card slot and HDMI video output.

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The new Intel processors are likely to be more expensive than their predecessors. There are already prices for two new models in the US

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It looks like the new Intel processors will significantly raise the price bar. A large American network MicroCenter has already added a couple of new Alder Lake generation products to its range.

The Core i7-12700K is priced at $ 470, while the top-end Core i9-12900K will cost $ 670. For comparison, the Core i9-11900K has a MSRP of $ 550, and Intel’s flagship model has always cost about the same for many years.

Of course, there hasn’t been an official announcement yet, so we don’t know the recommended prices. But today we have already seen an example from Germany, where the price was also above $ 600.

The new Intel processors are likely to be more expensive than their predecessors.  There are already prices for two new models in the US

At the same time, it is hardly worth blaming Intel for such a pricing policy. First, the new CPUs will be much more efficient than their predecessors. And secondly, the same Ryzen 5000 is also not cheap, and it is not yet clear if the Ryzen 9 5950X will be able to withstand in comparison with the new flagship of Intel.

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What’s missing in the new MacBook Pros yet? Support for external video cards did not appear here either.

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As you know, the first Apple laptops on the SoC M1 do not support external video cards. We now know this is true for the new M1 Pro and M1 Max-based MacBook Pros as well.

Despite the presence of Thinderbolt 4 ports, Apple’s new laptops lack support for external graphics cards, and the company has yet to explain this limitation. Perhaps it is primarily due to the Apple Silicon architecture.

Of course, we have already seen that, at least for the M1 Max, using an external video card may be pointless, but we will not mention the M1 Pro and the original M1.

Whether support for external video cards will appear in future Apple laptops with its own platforms is anyone’s guess. It is possible that GPU performance in Apple Silicon will grow at such a rate that discrete adapters will really not be useful in the corresponding bundles.

Recall also that the new MacBook Pro also lacks support for the latest standards for SD memory cards.

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