Intel Core i5 12600K and Core i9 12900K With ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero Review

Features Part Two

Intel Core i5-12600K and Core i9-12900K Review

Features Part Two

Overclocking has become both simpler and more complicated in recent years. Whereas once you just pushed the VCore and Multiplier until you were satisfied, these days so many voltages are interlinked that extracting those final few percent is harder than ever before. However, if you merely want to give you system a gentle boost then the automatic overclocking that happens behind the scenes, or the manual element utilising the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (or for that matter the Ryzen Master) is simpler than ever.

Intel Core i5-12600K and Core i9-12900K Review  
Intel Core i5-12600K and Core i9-12900K Review  

With different sets of cores available to play with - Performance and Efficient - the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility has undergone an overhaul and is now much easier to see what's happening and tweak things in real time. If you are the type of user who likes to finely hone your system to a sharp edge it's never been simpler to do so.


Intel Core i5-12600K and Core i9-12900K Review  

Most of us treat XMP as a one place memory station, choosing the rated speed for our kit and then forgetting about it. With XMP 3.0 you now have three configurations included, and the possibility to tweak it in very fine detail indeed. The concept of being able to create your own profiles and save them to the DDR5 itself is game-changing.


Intel Core i5-12600K and Core i9-12900K Review  
Intel Core i5-12600K and Core i9-12900K Review  

A simpler specification comparison table to the one on page one, should you like things laid out a little clearer.


Intel Core i5-12600K and Core i9-12900K Review  

Lastly the faithful block diagram that lets you work out which part of your bandwidth is being handled by the CPU and what will rely upon your choice of motherboard. As always the CPU is taking on more and more these days, but there is plenty left to the Chipset, including the potential to have four USB 3.2 Gen2x2 ports!


Intel Core i5-12600K and Core i9-12900K Review  

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Most Recent Comments

04-11-2021, 13:21:36

robbiec
Have to say i'm a bit non plussed with the overall platform cost / efficiency compared to my current X570 & Ryzen R9 5950X.
Have a few questions Tom if I may,
- ref Win 11 & W10? Have you or will you be trying the new platform on Win 10?
- Looking at the power draw figures, am I right in thinking that Intel is still about 20% off AMD on 7nm taking thread count, platform (what is DDR5 in power, X690 in power) cost?
- What are boot times for 12th Gen and X690?

Thanks for the review.Quote

04-11-2021, 15:37:26

robert3892
Did you use the Windows 11 version with the fix for the Ryzen processors?Quote

04-11-2021, 16:00:35

Dicehunter
Oh well guess I have to throw my 5800X in the bin now /s

What res is the "Average FPS" section of the review ? Guessing 1080P ?Quote

04-11-2021, 16:36:57

Warchild
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Oh well guess I have to throw my 5800X in the bin now.
I dont feel so bad now. Gaming wise i see little boost for me, but the temps are a definate pleaser.

Makes me wish I held out longer and got this Glacial instead of the Z590 when I see how good it looks, but Alder lake looks to be a success for sure.Quote

04-11-2021, 17:06:14

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
I dont feel so bad now. Gaming wise i see little boost for me, but the temps are a definate pleaser.

Makes me wish I held out longer and got this Glacial instead of the Z590 when I see how good it looks, but Alder lake looks to be a success for sure.

Yeah gaming wise there won't be much in it at 1440P, I'm guessing the "Average FPS" section is at 1080P as it does not say, I never play at 1080P anymore so gaming wise 12th gen would not be an upgrade for me, Gonna wait for AMD's stacked cache 5800X see how that goes.Quote
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