Large European retailer has sold nine Core i9-14900K CPUs
Intel Raptor Lake Refresh is at this point the worst kept secret in the history of CPU launches.
Alternate, one of the largest PC component retailers in Europe, recently committed an error by prematurely selling Intel’s new desktop CPUs, breaching the official embargo. The sale went live yesterday and quickly caught the attention of avid enthusiasts who wasted no time in acquiring these processors. Although the retailer has since terminated the auction, at least nine CPUs were already sold, as indicated by the eBay listings.
It’s worth mentioning that while this retailer may not offer the most competitive prices in Germany, assuming that the listed price reflects the eventual retail cost of the new Intel CPU, customers should expect to pay €684.99. A brief comparison shows that this is just €21 more than the current listing for the i9-13900K at the same store.
However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that we still lack official pricing information, and it’s possible that the pricing displayed was a placeholder that accidentally made its way into a live listing. Regardless of this significant error, it raises concerns about Intel’s communication with retailers, as this isn’t the first instance of a Raptor Lake Refresh CPU prematurely hitting the market. Just yesterday, we reported on an Indonesian store selling the Core i7-14700K CPU without any apparent issues.
The product page confirms all the specifications and product codes associated with this SKU, including 24-core configurations and clock speeds of 6.0 GHz. Notably, this particular CPU was sold as a tray unit.
Officially, the 14th Gen Core Desktop CPUs will be launched on October 17th, but preorders will start one day early.