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Micro Center Spills the Beans on Alder Lake Price, Specs

U.S. retailer Micro Center just leaked the prices for Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake processors. Twitter leaker @momomo_us grabbed a screenshot of the Core i7-12700K and Core i9-12900K listings before they were removed by Micro Center — and both show a decent price increase over 11th-gen chips.

Micro Center listed the Core i7-12700K for $470 and the Core i9-12900K for $670. That’s a $70 increase on the Core i7 model and a $120 increase on the Core i9. We’ve seen a few leaks related to Alder Lake pricing, some of which suggested retail prices of above $1,000 for the flagship chip. This listing confirms that the chips aren’t that expensive, though still cost more than the previous generation.

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Although we recommend viewing any prerelease information with skepticism, Micro Center’s pricing lines up with some previous leaks. In October, a Reddit user was able to obtain two Core i9-12900K processors from a retailer, and they said they paid $610 for each of them. That lends more creditability to the prices listed by Micro Center.

Alder Lake looks more expensive than the previous generation, but more interesting is how the pricing stacks up to AMD. For the Core i7-12700K, it’s $20 more expensive than AMD’s competing Ryzen 7 5800X. However, the Core i9-12900K is significantly cheaper than AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X. That processor launched for $799, though it often sells for around $750 now. Either way, Intel’s flagship is much cheaper at $670.

Outside of price, the listings revealed some other key details about Alder Lake, most of which we knew from previous leaks. The listings confirm a November 4 release date, which has been rumored for some time. It’s possible that Intel is looking to release them further into November — previous leaks pegged November 19 as the release date — but November 4 seems likely.

The listings also confirm some specs. The Core i7-12700K comes with 12 cores (eight performant and four efficient cores) and 20 threads and a base clock speed of 3.6GHz. The Core i9-12900K comes with 16 cores (eight performant and eight efficient cores) and 24 threads and a base clock speed of 3.2GHz.

The base clock speeds aren’t too high, but like previous Intel generations, Alder Lake has high boost clock limits. The listings say the Core i9 model can boost up to 5.2GHz, while the Core i7 model can boost up to 5GHz — both with a 125-watt TDP.

It shouldn’t come as a shock, but the listings also point out that neither processor will come with a cooler. Intel hasn’t included a CPU cooler with its processor releases for the past several generations, so this hardly comes as a surprise. Thankfully, many CPU cooler makers are offering free upgrade kits for the new LGA 1700 socket.

Intel hasn’t officially announced a release date for Alder Lake yet, though an increasing number of leaks suggest that the launch date is coming soon. Intel is hosting its Intel Innovation event next week, starting on October 27, where we expect to hear more about Alder Lake’s launch.

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Score the entire 12min Micro Book Library for life for under $30 with this Memorial Day deal

TLDR: 12min Micro Book Library offers almost 2,000 micro book text and audio summaries of nonfiction bestsellers so your learning never ends. It’s also now at one of its lowest prices ever.

It’s always great when a bunch of discounts all come together and stack up with each other nicely, slashing the price on an already cool product down to what becomes a ridiculously low final total.

That’s happening right now for book lovers, who can now enjoy a lifetime subscription to the entire archive of works in the 12min Micro Book Library at one of its lowest prices ever this Memorial Day week at just $29, a savings of well over 90 percent off its retail price from TNW Deals.

12min is for those who feel like they never have time to read. But if they can somehow carve out 12 minutes in their busy day, the 12min team will distill a non-fiction best-seller to its absolute essence and bring listeners and readers all the important takeaways in one concise 12 minute summary. 

The 12min collection is already vast, including more than 1,800 microbooks in 24 different categories, ranging from personal development, career and business, and productivity and time management to science and technology, biographies, and sports. 

Works featured in the library include a whole bunch of those eternal “I’ve always meant to read that” books, including classics like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Rich Dad Poor Dad, The 4-Hour Workweek, 30 Ways to Reboot Your Body, and more.

Summaries are crafted in both text and audio versions and are fully downloadable so they can even be consumed offline. That means you can stack up a few interesting reads or listens for any time you’ve got a spare 12 minutes on your hands, like while driving, standing in line somewhere, or just during a quick break from work.

Users never have to worry about the library getting stale, with about 30 new books being added each month — and if you can’t find a summary for a particular book you want, members can  recommend it to the 12min team and they’ll add it to their collection just for you. 

This offer for new users only includes access to the entire 12min archive for life, a $399 value

A lifetime subscription to the 12min archive is usually almost $400, but in addition to its big regular TNW Deals discount as well as an additional price drop, you can also save an extra $10 off your price by ordering during the Memorial Day Sale. If you get your order in before June 2, it’s only $29 for a lifetime of great learning.

Prices are subject to change.

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Fender Mustang Micro is a low-cost guitar amp with a genius design

Fender has added a new personal amp to its line-up, with the Fender Mustang Micro not only adding some individual amplification but throwing in tones and effects too. Joining the Mustang series as the smallest – and most affordable – model, the Mustang Micro is more compact than a cellphone but still has space to fit Bluetooth and more.

Unlike standalone amps, the Mustang Micro is designed to plug directly into the guitar’s output. A set of wired headphones plug into it in turn, and then you get a choice of 12 different amp models to flip between.

There are also 12 effects that Fender has pulled from the rest of its Mustang range. Altogether, the company says, there’s a range of amp styles from clean through to heavy metal, and effects like modulation, delay, and reverb. It’s all self-contained, too, so there’s no need to lug around a separate effects processor.

As for the Bluetooth, meanwhile, that can be used to pair wirelessly with a smartphone, tablet, or other audio source. Play music on that, and you can jam along on the guitar, with the combined audio piped out to the headphones.

Fender has clearly thought through the design, too. The input plug rotates around 270-degrees, and the controls are chunky and easy to access regardless of the amp’s position. The li-ion battery inside recharges via USB, and lasts for around four hours, the company promises.

That USB port can also be used with a PC or Mac, with the Mustang Micro acting as an audio interface for your guitar. It’s also used to load new firmware, Fender says.

As for pricing, it’s the cheapest Mustang model, at $99.99. It’s available to order now.

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Report claims Apple and TSMC are teaming to build micro OLED displays

A report is making the rounds that claims Apple is partnering with TSMC to develop micro- OLED displays specifically to be used in upcoming augmented reality devices. Apple currently works with TSMC on multiple fronts. Specifically, TSMC is the sole supplier of processors for the iPhone.

Apple and other companies looking at the augmented reality market are focusing on micro OLED displays because they are much thinner, smaller, and use less power than other screen technologies. Those benefits make them much more suitable for use in wearable AR devices. The report indicates the displays are less than one-inch in size.

This report is not the first time Apple has been said to have augmented reality glasses in the works. Apple’s AR glasses are reportedly codenamed N421. Last month, a report from another source claimed that Apple was still working on the underlying technology for the AR glasses. That report claimed that the finished product was still several years away.

Reports also indicated that Apple is aiming at launching the AR device as early as 2023. Apple and TSMC are reportedly currently in the trial production stage for the micro OLEDs. The screens are believed to be several years away from mass production. There are ready augmented and virtual reality headsets on the market. It’s common for Apple to wait to launch new products in a segment. It’s rarely first in new segments today.

While Apple is rarely the first to market, it tends to field one of the most successful products in any given segment. Neither Apple nor TSMC has offered comments on the report.

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