This does not happen often. A large retailer offers unreleased products that have not even been officially introduced by the manufacturer. GeForce RTX 3060 cards were on sale worldwide in the weeks leading up to launch, but this product was at least unveiled in January. But Intel did not even announce the Core i7-11700K processor.
The Intel Core i7-11700K is a next generation Rocket Lake-S 14nm 8-core and 16-thread desktop processor. This series of processors is rumored to be announced on March 16th. However, the processor manufacturer has yet to confirm specifications or pricing. Formally, the Core i7-11700K doesn’t even exist.
At the same time, Mindfactory, one of the largest retail stores in Germany, is already selling new processors and even assures that Intel rules have not been violated. Moreover, just 2 days after the first reports of the 11th generation Intel Core went on sale, reports were received from the first buyers who had already received the processor from the said store.
Thanks to this, various leaks of information about the performance of the Core i7-11700K appeared on popular German technical forums like HardwareLuxx, PC Games Hardware or ComputerBase. Each of them has its own separate branches dedicated to the sale of the processor through Mindfactory.
Sales of the Core i7-11700K are another oddity in Intel’s new product launches. For example, the pre-announced Z590 motherboards should be fully compatible with Intel Rocket Lake-S processors at launch. But according to the results of various tests, it turns out that even the Z590 motherboards cannot unleash the full potential of the processor. Intel is said to be still working on the final microcode update for launch, which is now expected on March 30th.
Mindfactory offers a processor at a much higher price point than the 10th Gen Core series, but if someone is interested in buying a product almost a month before it’s supposed to be sold, they may not be stopped.
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