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Pros: The price/performance ratio is insane
Overall Review: Upgrading from an i5-8400 was really mind-blowing. Now my workstation is lightning fast whether it be just a simple boot, web search, or especially more demanding tasks like GIS calculations, CAD processes, or video and photo editing. Every demanding process I do for my work barely pushes this thing beyond 10% load, and rarely that. This is an impressive piece of tech, which is something I never thought I'd say about a computer component. But it has truly made my workflow far more enjoyable and cost-effective. Why look any further or spend any more?
Pros: Stays at good temp
Overall Review: If you looking to buy a starter gaming pc this cpu is awesome. So far I havent had any issues with my cpu. Runs all my games perfectly. Games I have played so far are Halo infinite, lawnmower simulator, Warzone and Rust. All the games looked amazing. with AIO cooler the usual temperature is around 44. Plus the benchmarks I did on the cpu showed great stats.
Pros: I upgraded from a 4690. Huge performance upgrade. I am running on a MSI Z690 Pro. I can cool it without issue with a be quiet! Dark Rock Slim.
Overall Review: I am very happy with the performance upgrade from my last CPU.
Pros: I have nothing bout good things to say. Coming from a i5 10600k this cpu is a champ. Oc easily to 5.2 no issues.
Overall Review: Best cpu
Pros: Great chip, over double digit increases from my previous processor at acceptable power draw.
Cons: Expensive chipset
Few itx options
Note: avoid aorus z690i ultra ddr4 it's very unstable at the moment, usable but inconvenient.
Overall Review: Fast
Good price for performance
Not terribly hot
Power efficiency much better than i7/i9
Not 14nm (finally)
Overall Review: Incredible cpu for the price. Best intel chip on offer overall.
Pros: -runs cool with my aio. 20 C idle and around 60C max load.
-Great for Gaming
Overall Review: Anything cpu intensive I do is gaming and the 12600k seems more than enough for that. Had a 7700k before this and it wasn't cutting it for some of the new games. My gpu was bottlenecked even with OCing the 7700k. Upgraded to this and back to smooth gaming! went from 100% cpu utilization with 7700k to under 50% with the 12600k. I'm guessing 4 cores just don't cut it with some games anymore.
Pros: Good performance for the money. Would normally have ordered an i7, but as this was an upgrade on a 6 year old computer so that it could run Windows 11, it's performance was going to exceed the existing i7 anyways -- and was already happy with the older CPU's performance.
Cons: None noted.
Overall Review: Would recommend for those looking for an Alder Lake processor but not looking for cutting edge performance.