Intel Core i5 12600K and Core i9 12900K With ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero Review
Introduction and Technical Specifications
Published: 4th November 2021 | Source: Intel | Price: i5 £289.99, i9 £579.99, Z690 Maximus Hero £519.99 |
The Intel 10th generation processors were fantastic, bringing high performance at a relatively affordable price point. Things between Intel and AMD were very tight back then with arguments made on both sides for them being the better option.
Following that AMD took over the world with their 3000 and 5000 series Ryzen CPUs, dominating the performance charts and gaining huge ground in the sales figures. As well as having a lot of productivity performance they also eliminated their gaming weakness and brought PCIe 4.0 to the party. Intel were somewhat shell-shocked as seen by the misstep that was the 11th Gen launch. Sure the Core i5-11600K was a fantastic CPU for the money, all things to all people. The flagship Core i9-11900K, however, suffered by having fewer cores than the Core i9-10900K so it wasn't as good at productivity tasks but didn't have the speed to be worth the upgrade for gamers. Add to that the lack of PCI Express 4.0 and there was little to recommend it.
Clearly Intel aren't a company to die wondering, nor be slow to respond. The Alder Lake architecture we have today in the form of their 12th Generation processors and Z690 chipset seeks to redress the balance by skipping PCIe 4.0 entirely and heading towards PCIe 5.0. That isn't all there is on offer though as many of the motherboards we're reviewing support DDR5, and the processors themselves have a lot of tricks up their sleeve. It is the release-equivalent of Intel pretending the 11th Gen didn't happen and heading straight to the top of the feature set pile. Has it got the performance to back up this rich suite of technologies?
As always with an Intel launch there are a selection of processors to choose from. We've got the Core i9 and Core i5 here as they provide the best real-world use case. People on a relative budget with grab the Core i5, and if you need the extra performance of a Core i7 most people will save the extra for the flagship. They all utilise Hyperthreading as they did on the last generation, but the most noteworthy change is the addition of efficiency cores alongside the performance ones. What does all this mean? We'll try and explain over the next couple of pages. Elsewhere the inclusion of PCI Express 5.0 should see some mighty bandwidth on suitable devices and all the new CPUs support both DDR4 and DDR5.
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What res is the "Average FPS" section of the review ? Guessing 1080P ?Quote
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
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
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