Intel Core i9-12900K, i5-12600K, i7-12700K Break into Top-10 Bestselling CPU List in the US, UK, Germany

Over the last couple of years, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors have dominated retail markets across the world. The Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, and the Ryzen 5 3600 have consistently topped the charts at every major etailer/retailer. With the launch of the 12th Gen Alder Lake-S processors, the scales have started to shift in Intel’s favor once again. A mix of strong single-threaded and heavy multi-threaded performance has put the new blue chips on par and in many cases, even ahead of AMD’s latest Ryzen offerings. Let’s have a look at some of the bestselling CPUs across the top retailers in the US, UK, and Germany (our top geos):

Newegg is easily one of the top etailers for DIYers in the US. As such, the sales figures here direct represent the feelings of the enthusiast community. Compared to the last time we checked, Intel has made some significant progress here. The Core i7-12700K was the only Alder Lake SKU to appear among the top-10 bestselling processors. Now, we have all three K-series parts, namely the Core i7-12700K, Core i9-12900K, and the Core i5-12600K at #3, #7, and #9, respectively.

Bestbuy US

Following Newegg, we have BestBuy and Microcenter. The former sees Intel chips dominate, with the Core i5-12600K, Core i9-12900K, and the Core i7-12700K at #3, #4, and #6, respectively. The Ryzen 7 5800X at #7 is the highest-ranked Ryzen 5000 SKU here.

At Microcenter, the sentiments are largely the same as at Newegg. The Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 5 5600X snatch the top-two spots. The Core i7-12700K at #3 is the most popular Intel chip, while the Core i9-12900K and the Core i5-12600K come in at #6 and #9, respectively.


Looking at the British market, it’s clear that the enthusiasts here favor Intel’s 12th Gen processors over the Ryzen 5000 range. At Overclockers UK, the Core i7-12700K is the most popular processor, followed by the Core i9-12900K. The Ryzen 5 5600X comes in at #3, followed by the Core i5-12600K at #4. Therefore, three out of the five most popular SKUs are Alder Lake-S parts.

Box shows similar sentiments with the Core i9-12900K securing the second spot on the list of bestsellers, beating the Ryzen 7 5800X and the Ryzen 9 5900X. None of the other Alder Lake-S chips manage to stay among the top ten though, with the Core i7-12700K managing to grab the 11th spot.

Box (UK)

Scan sees AMD’s hex and octa-core offerings take the lead, with the Ryzen 5 5600G and 5600X assuming the top spots. The Ryzen 7 5800X comes in at #5, with the Core i7-12700 at #6, and the Core i7-12700K at #7. No other Alder Lake SKUs manage to make it to the top 10. The Core i9-12900K narrowly misses out, grabbing the 11th spot.

Last but not the least, we have figures from Mindfactory Germany. Once again, the Ryzen 5 5600G, 5600X, and the Ryzen 7 5800X hold the top three spots. The Ryzen 9 5900X comes in at #5, followed by the 5700G at #6. The Core i7-12700K has to settle for the 7th spot, while the Core i5-12600K and the Core i9-12900K capture the last few spots.

Mindfactory Germany (Source: TechEpiphany)

Overall, the market sentiments are rather clear. Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake-S processors are doing pretty well, slowly and steadily regaining the market share lost to the Ryzen 5000 family. The single-threaded (and gaming performance) is solid, making it ideal for mainstream users and PC gamers. The inclusion of the efficiency cores pushes the multi-threaded performance past most Ryzen 5000 CPUs, tempting content creators and professionals as well.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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