[citation][nom]Blessedman[/nom]The only problem with that is this would be your only one big ticket as Intel would end up shunning you. You would be blacklisted from many hardware manufacturers for practices that show you are not to be trusted. You would end up being a one hit wonder site.[/citation]
That's not as clear as you make it. Intel wouldn't necessarily distrust you. Your confusion seems to be from assuming the purchaser broke the NDA, which he or she did not. Consequently, that person did nothing dishonest. The originator of the device would accrue some ill-will from Intel.
Were a site to break an NDA, that would be a bridge burner. A site that didn't, and suddenly has a lot of traffic because they legally bought the processor and reviewed it honestly isn't the same thing.
Either way, before you review the processor Intel isn't giving you anything, and if they don't after, you're still in the same boat. At least you have a venue and some readers, and if you write quality articles about even existing products, you have a chance. It's worth $1200 if you really want to try it. It's the best chance to get started you'll ever have.