Intel Alder Lake ES CPU Samples On Ebay Should Come With A Buyer Beware Warning

Intel Alder Lake ES CPU
Previous to the retail launch of Alder Lake, early engineering and qualification samples (ES and QS) had traded arms in China by means of sale posts in varied boards and different shops. Now they’re beginning to seem on eBay, however in case you are contemplating shopping for one be suggested that they could not work together with your motherboard.

That is simply one of many points that makes shopping for ES and QS chips usually a nasty concept. Technically these are early processors supplied on mortgage to OEMs and different entities and aren’t purported to be offered, though they often are (as is occurring now). They belong to Intel and don’t include a guaranty or assist.

“Engineering pattern processors are pre-production items and aren’t eligible for guarantee. These items are the property of Intel. Intel has no program for guarantee assist of engineering samples aside from via this system during which the product was supplied to the unique buyer. Please see your home of buy for guarantee assist clarification,” Intel explains in no unsure phrases.

Ignoring the ethical subject, ES chips will be lacking options and/or have specs totally different from the finalized silicon that will get produced for retail. That is not essentially an issue, although it may be. In line with Videocardz, earlier revision ES Alder Lake chips (ES1 and ES2) most likely will not work in your retail Z690 motherboard, as they lack the right BIOS assist.

Which means in the event you purchase an earlier pattern, there is a good probability you will not even get it in addition, by no means thoughts no matter options is likely to be totally different from finalized silicon. Apparently later revision ES3 and QS samples may have a greater shot, however that is not assured both.

It seems there are at the least six totally different ES and QS chips being put up on the market. In line with an in depth rundown by Zhuanlan, they embrace the next fashions and identifier codes (the place relevant)…
  • Intel Core i5-12600 ES: QYGE
  • Intel Core i5-12600 QS: Unknown
  • Intel Core i5-12500 ES: Unknown
  • Intel Core i5-12500 QS: Unknown
  • Intel Core i5-12400 ES: QXDY
  • Intel Core i5-12400 QS: QYHW
Observe that Intel has not but introduced or launched the Core i5-12400. Be that as it might, there’s a pattern floating on eBay that’s purportedly spec’d in another way than a later pattern with a giant distinction within the increase clock and a totally totally different model of built-in graphics. And the identical non-booting/compatibility danger applies.

Our recommendation? Keep on with retail, even when it means ready a short time longer (which it clearly does if the Core i5-12400 is in your radar).

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