Intel has just released the 12th-generation Core i-series processors and unlike the previous few generations, there is a big difference in the architecture of these processors from their predecessors. For now, Intel has released six processors in this generation, Intel Core i5-12600K / KF model, Core i7-12700K / KF model, and Core i9-12900K/KF model. The Core i5-12600K is the cheapest processor out of these three and yet it comes with ten cores. Six of these ten cores are high-performance cores and have multi-threading enabled on them, while the other four are efficient cores that have a low clock rate. There are many high-end Z690 motherboards available but we will be listing here some of the best motherboard for i5 12600K.
There are not many motherboards for the 12th-generation processors and right now, only the Z690 chipset motherboards are being manufactured, as only the K-series processors are released so far. The Z690 motherboards provide PCI-E 5.0, and all-new DDR5 memory support, although some motherboards come with DDR4 memory slots too. The 12th-generation processors do not work with LGA-1200 sockets anymore, which is why the Z690 chipset motherboards come with an LGA-1700 socket.
ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4
ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 is one of the cheapest motherboards by ASUS that is based on the Z690 chipset. As you can guess by the name of the motherboard, it uses DDR4 memory and has a white color theme. The motherboard does not come with premium I/O features and its overclocking performance might not be good enough for the i9 or even i7 processors for overclocking, but you can easily overclock Core i5-12600K on this motherboard. The price of this motherboard makes it one of the most attractive motherboards for 12th-generation processors.
MSI PRO Z690-A
MSI PRO series motherboards are targeted towards budget users because the price of these motherboards is lowest in the market. MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 is quite a similar motherboard to the ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 in price and the overall performance of this motherboard is roughly the same too. This motherboard also uses the DDR4 memory and the maximum memory clock rate with this motherboard is 5200 MHz. The black theme of the motherboard looks pretty nice and gives it a premium look despite the fact that it is the cheapest Z690 motherboard in the market.
GIGABYTE Z690 GAMING X
GIGABYTE has recently released the GAMING X motherboard series and this series is targeted towards mid-range users who don’t want to break the bank but want decent performance. The I/O features of this motherboard are not as good as the likes of AORUS PRO or ROG STRIX motherboards but it is surely better than the previous two motherboards in this matter. The overclocking performance of this motherboard is more than enough for Core i5-12600K, as it comes with 16+1+2 Twin Hybrid Digital VRM Design with 60A DrMOS. This motherboard, too, is based on the DDR4 memory.
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS ELITE AX
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS ELITE AX DDR4 is a high-end motherboard that is based on the Z690 chipset and it is much better than previous motherboards in I/O features. The looks of this motherboard are also better, as it has RGB lighting on the I/O cover and it uses large-sized heatsinks. The overclocking performance of this motherboard makes it great for even Core i7-12700K, as it uses 16+1+2 Digital VRM Design with 70A Power Stage with Tantalum Polymer Capacitors.
ASUS PRIME Z690-A
ASUS PRIME Z690-A is a high-end motherboard despite the name being similar to the PRIME Z690-P. This motherboard is also based on a white color theme and the design of this motherboard is better than all the above motherboards. However, it is a pricey motherboard and Core i5 users might not want to spend that much money on a motherboard. This motherboard supports DDR5 memory, which is why the memory performance of this motherboard is far better than above motherboards. The overclocking capabilities of this motherboard are mind-blowing and you can even use this motherboard with Core i7 and Core i9 processors.