(Test System) Intel Core i5-12600K, ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4, Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black


Intel Core i5-12600K, ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4, Noctua NH-U12S Chromax

 
Intel new processor family has been launched two weeks ago. Today I show you the new Alder Lake test machine based on the following components:
CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K
Motherboard: ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4
Memory: G.Skill Aegis DDR4-3200
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black

 
The previous Intel testbed was based on the Core i5-11600K so the new Core i5-12600K was a logical choice for an Alder Lake test machine. The other components were chosen because they were available at my dealer.

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K

The is part of the new 12th Gen Core processor family, codenamed Alder Lake. It’s a 10nm CPU with 6 P-cores (performance-cores), 4 E-cores (efficient-cores) and 16 logical cores (the ones you see in Windows’ task manager). The i5-12600K supports both DDR4 and DDR5 memory modules and comes with the new UHD Graphics 770 integrated GPU.

Intel Core i5-12600K

Intel Core i5-12600K

Intel Core i5-12600K

 

Motherboard: ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4

The ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 is based on the new Z690 chipset (chipset designed for Alder Lake processors). The Z690 chipset supports both DDR4 and DDR5 memory modules but the PRIME Z690-P D4 supports only DDR4 modules. DDR5 modules are more expensive and are not yet widely available… That’s why I took DDR4 modules!

Main features of the PRIME Z690-P D4:
– Socket: LGA 1700
– PCIe 5.0
– 3 x M.2 slots
– Memory: DDR4
– Video outputs: HDMI, DisplayPort
– Ethernet: 2.5Gb/s
– 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2 x USB 2.0.

More information can be found on the homepage.

ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 motherboard

ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 motherboard

ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 motherboard

ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 motherboard

 
The three M.2 slots:
ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 motherboard

 
The inputs / outputs:
ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 motherboard

 

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black

This CPU cooler has been released last year. For new Intel 12th Gen processors, Noctua has released a mounting upgrade kit for LGA 1700 socket.

Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black

Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black

Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black

 
The mounting upgrade kit for LGA 1700 socket:
Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black

Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black

 

Memory: G.Skill Aegis DDR4-3200

I took a 2x8GB memory kit with the following timing/voltage: CL16-18-18-38, 1.35V

G.Skill Ageis DDR4-3200

 

Mounting the components

Here are some steps of the assembling…

Intel Core i5-12600K - Mounting the components

Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black

Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black mounting - PRIME Z690 motherboard

Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black mounting - PRIME Z690 motherboard

Intel Core i5-12600K - thermal paste

Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black on Intel Core i5-12600K

Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black on Intel Core i5-12600K

 

First Boot

The motherboard is shipped with the 0407 BIOS. At the time of writing, the latest BIOS is 0605.

Intel Core i5-12600K - first boot, bios screenshot

How to update the BIOS:
1/ download the latest BIOS from THIS PAGE.
2/ unzip the archive and put the PRIME-Z690-P-D4-ASUS-0605.CAP file on an USB key.
3/ plug the USB key on the Z690 motherboard, power on the system and press DEL to enter in the BIOS.
4/ Go the Tools section and launch the flash utility (ASUS EZ Flash 3).
5/ Select the BIOS file and start the update.

Intel Core i5-12600K - BIOS update

 
After the BIOS update, you should see the new BIOS version (here 0605):
Intel Core i5-12600K - BIOS update

Like for any other piece of software, it’s recommended to update a BIOS to get new features but mainly to fix bugs!

 

CPU Temperature

Idle temperature

In the BIOS, we saw that the temperature of the CPU was 29°C for a voltage of 1.217V. Let’s check the temperature on Windows at idle and under load.

CoreTemp:
Intel Core i5-12600K - CoreTemp, CPU temperature at idle

 
CoreTemp does not show the right number of threads. Even if the Core i5-12600K has 10 physical cores, it does not have 20 threads. The correct value is 16 threads (or 16 logical cores).

 
HWMonitor:
Intel Core i5-12600K - HWMonitor, CPU temperature at idle

 

Stress Test temperature

To get an overview of the CPU temperature under load, I stressed the CPU with Cinebench R23.

The max CPU temp reached 73°C (voltage: 1.354V) with a power of 141W (the TDP of the Core i5-12600K is 125W (base clock speed) and 150W (turbo clock speed)).

Intel Core i5-12600K - stress test with Cinebench R23

 
That’s all for this article. In the next article, we’ll look at the performance of the Core i5-12600K vs Core i5-11600K vs Ryzen 7 5800X.





4 thoughts on “(Test System) Intel Core i5-12600K, ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4, Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black”

  1. George Angeludis

    My i5 12600K with Noctua U12S with Asus TUF Gaming WiFi D4 with 2×32 gb Corsair 3200 can’t use XMP I or II. It goes up to 2800 only manually. And the temps I see is up to 82 Celsius. I thought this has to do with U12S not cooling enough the CPU but from what I see here this is not the case. I have the pair in A1B1 slots.

    1. George Angeludis

      Changing to A2B2 made a whole lot difference!
      It works flawlessly.
      What if I add another 2 sticks later? Should it work ok then?
      Thanks a million

      1. JeGX Post Author

        Yes, the Noctua U12S works fine with the i5-12600K, so 82°C is weird. Do you have a correct CPU temperature since you changed the memory slots (now in A2/B2) ?

        1. George Angeludis

          I changed the CPU fan to Turbo and it’s a lot better. Using XMP II and turbo fan it’s around 75 78 under heavy load. I am adding a 2nd fun also to U12S

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