Now we will take a look at some of the hardware that I decided to purchase. I tried to maximize my performance and get what was available. The Intel Core i9-12900K packaging was very nice and clever for the higher-end models. You can really tell that they put a lot of thought into their 12th-Gen package. The higher end i9-12900K & KF does not come with a packed in stock cooler, but some of the lower models do include the cooler. I decided on using stock DDR5 RAM Frequency (4800Mhz) to show the default performance. I am very interested in learning more about the Alder Lake micro-architecture and attempting to replicate some of Intel claims. I decided to go with the “ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming Wi-Fi”. ASUS allows me to use a LGA1200 cooler on the Alder Lake LGA1700 socket. So later we will see how well the the LGA1200 360mm Rad AIO cools the i9-12900K.

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K
CPU Cooler: EK AIO 360mm Liquid Cooler
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming Wi-Fi
RAM: 32GB DDR5-4800Mhz [2x16GB]
PSU: Phanteks 1200W - 80+ Platinum

SSD: 1TB WD BLACK SN850 - 7.0GB\s Read - 5.3GB\s Write - PCIe Gen4 (x4)
SSD: 3TB - 2.7GB\s Read - 2.1GB\s Write
HDD: 6TB - 350MB Read - 330MB\s Write - RAID 0

GPU:  EVGA RTX 3080 Ultra Liquid Cooled 240mm - Push
GPU Speed: 1440Mhz (Stock)  – Core: Mhz  (Mhz Boost) - 1845Mhz
GPU Drivers: Geforce:  v496.76 [Nov 16, 2021]