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
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.
The three M.2 slots:
The inputs / outputs:
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.
The mounting upgrade kit for LGA 1700 socket:
Memory: G.Skill Aegis DDR4-3200
I took a 2x8GB memory kit with the following timing/voltage: CL16-18-18-38, 1.35V
Mounting the components
Here are some steps of the assembling…
The motherboard is shipped with the 0407 BIOS. At the time of writing, the latest BIOS is 0605.
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.
After the BIOS update, you should see the new BIOS version (here 0605):
Like for any other piece of software, it’s recommended to update a BIOS to get new features but mainly to fix bugs!
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 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).
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)).
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.