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

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

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The main box for the 12th Gen CPUs is huge, and comes complete with a shot of the die for those of you who like that kind of thing. It's certainly a statement on the shelf.

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

We know processors aren't the most aesthetically pleasing things to see, but it's nice to have a look anyway. If only to show that we do have them on hand and aren't just pulling numbers out of thin air like some websites.


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

The chip that will sell in the thousands, the Intel Core i5-12600K.


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

And the flagship Core i9-12900K.


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

For our CPU tests we're utilising the ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Hero and 32GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR5 along with our usual test hardware. We've also taken the plunge and moved across to Windows 11, although thankfully being based upon the Windows 10 foundations there is little performance difference so our benchmarks will be close enough.

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