Test Setup

For testing, I used the Intel Core i9-12900K and Core i5-12600K which were sent to us by Intel. The motherboards used included the MSI MPG Z690 CARBON WIFI and the Z690 AORUS Master, both of which fall in the $400-$500 US segment.

Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake CPU Test Platform:

ProcessorsIntel Core i5-12400
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i5-12600K
Intel Core i9-11900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i7-10700K
Intel Core i5-10600K
Intel Core i9-10980XE
Intel Core i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i7-8700K
Intel Core i5-8600K
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
MotherboardMSI B660M Mortar WiFi DDR5 (i5-12400)
Z690 AORUS Master (Intel 12th Gen)
ASRock X570S PG Riptide (Ryzen 9 5950X)
MSI MEG Z590 ACE (Intel 11th Gen)
ASUS ROG Maximus XII HERO WIFI (Intel 10th Gen)
MSI X299 Creator (Intel 10th Gen X Series)
Z390 AORUS Master (Intel 8th/9th Gen)
MSI MEG X570 Unify (AMD Ryzen 3000 / Ryzen 5000)
ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate (AMD Ryzen 2000)
Power SupplyASUS ROG THOR 1200W
Solid State DriveSamsung SSD 980 PRO M.2 (1 TB)
MemoryG.SKILL Trident Z5 32 GB (2 x 16GB) CL36 6000 Mbps (DDR5 Platforms)
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 16 GB (2 x 8GB) CL17 4000 Mbps (DDR4 Platforms)
Video CardsMSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X
Cooling SolutionsCorsair H115i (With LGA 1700 Mounting Kit)
OSWindows 11 64-bit (Only Intel 12th Gen CPUs)
Windows 10 64-bit

Our test rig includes the Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB SSD that boots up our main OS while a 2 TB Seagate HDD is used for the storage of games and applications. In addition to these, we are running an MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X graphics card, an ASUS ROG Thor 1200W power supply. For this specific review, we used the G.Skill's latest Trident Z5 DDR5-6000 memory kit running at CL36 timings. We also got a LGA 1700 mounting kit for the Corsair H115i to use as cooling solution for our test setup. The cooling solution choices are very limited so far due to availability of mounting kits but things are expected to get better by the end of November.

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