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The Core i7-12700K comes with all of the gaming performance of its higher-priced i9 counterpart while beating competing Ryzen chips, but it’s significantly less expensive. That makes the Core i7-12700K the go-to chip for gamers looking for the highest performance at a forgiving price point.

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Alder Lake’s arrival heralded the opening salvo of Intel’s brutal price war on AMD’s Ryzen 5000 chips, and the Core i7-12700K is the perfect example of Intel’s new bare-knuckle approach to pricing. At $409, the 12700K thoroughly beats the $390 Ryzen 7 5800X and even unseats the pricey $550 Ryzen 9 5900X, all while delivering essentially the same gaming performance as the fastest gaming chip on the planet, Intel’s own $589 flagship Core i9-12900K — but for $180 less. Alder Lake also provides the biggest gains in overclocking performance that we’ve seen in the last several chip generations. As a result, the Core i7-12700K  joins our list of the best CPUs for gaming. It’s also exceedingly competitive in applications, assuring a top ranking in our CPU Benchmark hierarchy.

The 12700K comes on the heels of Intel’s other surprising victories against much pricier chips, like the $589 Core i9-12900K vs $799 Ryzen 9 5950X and the $289 Core i5-12600K vs $390 Ryzen 7 5800X (click the links for the full rundown), proving that Alder Lake truly punches above its pricing weight class.

Surprisingly, the majority of these gains come even without the advantages of Alder Lake’s new next-gen connectivity technologies that bring big increases in throughput via DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 interfaces. You can use standard DDR4 memory and PCIe devices to unlock superior performance over AMD’s aging AM4 platform, but DDR5 will give you an extra performance kicker in some applications. Intel’s platform is also prepared for the inevitable transition to PCIe 5.0, but that brings higher motherboard pricing. That reduces (but doesn’t eliminate) Intel’s chip pricing advantage, at least until B- and H-series boards arrive in the coming months.

Intel is the first to support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 on the desktop, and the company combines that tech with another first for desktop PCs — Alder’s new hybrid x86 design represents the company’s most disruptive architectural shift in a decade. Alder Lake combines big and fast Performance cores (P-cores) with clusters of small and powerful Efficiency cores (E-cores) that chew through background processes. The Golden Cove architecture powers the ‘big’ P-cores while the ‘little’ E-cores come with the Gracemont architecture, with both providing much-needed IPC improvements to Intel’s core designs.

The ‘Intel 7’ process debuts with Alder Lake, finally ending Intel’s misery on the 14nm node after six long years that ultimately cost the company its performance crown to AMD.  We previously knew this ‘Intel 7’ manufacturing tech as 10nm Enhanced SuperFin, but Intel recently renamed its process nodes to match industry nomenclature. Technically, this is the second generation of Intel’s 10nm process, but it’s a first for desktop PCs.

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Row 0 — Cell 0 U.S. Price Cores | Threads P-Core Base/Boost E-Core Base/Boost TDP / PBP / MTP DDR4-3200 L3 Cache
Core i9-12900K / KF $589 (K) — $564 (KF) 8P + 8E | 16 Cores / 24 threads 3.2 / 5.2 GHz 2.4 / 3.9 GHz 125W / 241W DDR4-3200 / DDR5-4800 30MB
Core i7-12700K / KF $409 (K) — $384 (KF) 8P + 4E | 12 Cores / 20 threads 3. 6 / 5.0 GHz 2.7 / 3.8 GHz 125W / 190W DDR4-3200 / DDR5-4800 25MB
Core i5-12600K / KF $289 (K) — $264 (KF) 6P + 4E | 10 Cores / 16 threads 3.7 / 4.9 GHz 2.8 / 3.6 GHz 125W / 150W DDR4-3200 / DDR5-4800 16MB

For now, Alder Lake consists of three high-end overclockable K-series models, along with their graphics-less KF counterparts that are slightly less expensive, with more models to come in the future. The P-cores are hyper-threaded, while the E-cores only have a single thread, leading to what we would normally consider as non-standard thread counts. The Core i7-12700K comes with eight P-cores and 4 E-cores, for a total of 20 threads, slotting in between the 16-core 24-thread Core i9-12900K and the 10-core 16-thread Core i5-12600K.

There is a catch, though. Alder Lake’s new heterogeneous design requires special accommodations to unlock the best performance: Performance-sensitive work executes best on the P-cores, while the E-cores are best for background and threaded workloads, but ensuring that the right workloads land on the correct cores requires operating system intervention.

The Alder Lake chips work with both newer and older versions of Windows, but Windows 11 unlocks the best performance because it supports Intel’s new Thread Director. The tech provides the operating system with information that assists in assigning work to the correct cores. Alder Lake’s performance is still competitive in Windows 10, but you might encounter wayward performance and/or variability, meaning some workloads will be slower at times due to unoptimized thread scheduling. However, you can rectify those issues in Windows 10 with various utilities, like the always-popular Process Lasso.

Conversely, Alder Lake is incredibly impressive in Windows 11 and takes the lead over AMD in gaming and most workloads, and by large margins. In other words, for worry-free class-leading performance, go with Windows 11 and Alder Lake. You’ll get similarly impressive performance with Windows 10, but it will require a bit more manual intervention in a few applications.

Intel’s previous-gen Rocket Lake chips came with the same number of cores for both the Core i7 and i9 models, leaving little difference between the two models. However, the Core i7 12700K has four fewer E-cores than the Core i9-12900K and a 200 MHz lower boost clock, marking the return of meaningful segmentation between the Core i7 and i9 lineups.

That segmentation is apparent in lightly- and heavily-threaded productivity applications, with the 12900K earning its higher price tag in those areas. But as you’ll see in our benchmarks below, the 12700K offers essentially the same performance in gaming, making it the new high-end champion for performance addicts, while the Core i5-12600K remains the best mid-range CPU for gaming. Speaking of the performance-obsessed, we’ve also included in-depth overclocking testing, which unearthed the biggest gains we’ve seen from recent Intel chips — we certainly haven’t seen double-digit percentage increases in gaming performance from overclocking in several chip generations.  

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Intel Alder Lake-S Core i7-12700K Specifications and Pricing

Intel is only bringing its most expensive chips from the Core i9, i7, and i5 families to the retail market for now, but it is also shipping 28 more models to OEMs for prebuilt systems that arrive early next year. Intel isn’t sharing details yet, but those models will eventually come to retail at an unspecified time.

We have deep-dive coverage of the Alder Lake SoC design and core microarchitectures here, along with a broader overview in our Alder Lake all we know article. Additionally, Intel has removed its ‘TDP’ (Thermal Design Point) nomenclature from the spec sheets, and now assigns a Processor Base Power (PBP) value in its place. The company also added a secondary Maximum Turbo Power (MTP) value to the spec sheets to represent the highest power level during boost activity. You can read more about that change here. 

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Row 0 — Cell 0 U. S. Price Cores | Threads P-Core Base/Boost E-Core Base/Boost TDP / PBP / MTP DDR4-3200 L3 Cache
Ryzen 9 5950X $799 16P | 32 threads 3.4 / 4.9 GHz 105W DDR4-3200 64MB (2×32)
Core i9-12900K / KF $589 (K) — $564 (KF) 8P + 8E | 16 Cores / 24 threads 3.2 / 5.2 GHz 2.4 / 3.9 GHz 125W / 241W DDR4-3200 / DDR5-4800 30MB
Ryzen 9 5900X $549 12P | 24 threads 3.7 / 4.8 GHz 105W DDR4-3200 32MB (1×32)
Core i9-11900K $549 8P | 16 threads 3. 5 / 5.3 GHz 125W DDR4-3200 16MB
Core i7-12700K / KF $409 (K) — $384 (KF) 8P + 4E | 12 Cores / 20 threads 3.6 / 5.0 GHz 2.7 / 3.8 GHz 125W / 190W DDR4-3200 / DDR5-4800 25MB
Core i7-11700K $409 8P | 16 threads 3.6 / 5.0 GHz 125W DDR4-3200 16MB
Ryzen 7 5800X $449 8P | 16 threads 3.8 / 4.7 GHz 105W DDR4-3200 32MB
Core i5-12600K / KF $289 (K) — $264 (KF) 6P + 4E | 10 Cores / 16 threads 3. 7 / 4.9 GHz 2.8 / 3.6 GHz 125W / 150W DDR4-3200 / DDR5-4800 16MB
Core i5-11600K $272 6P | 12 threads 3.9 / 4.9 GHz 95W DDR4-3200 12MB
Ryzen 5 5600X $299 6P | 12 threads 3.7 / 4.6 GHz 65W DDR4-3200 32MB

All Alder Lake chips support DDR4-3200 or up to DDR5-4800 memory, but caveats apply. Alder Lake chips expose up to 16 lanes of PCIe 5.0 (technically for storage and graphics only, no networking devices) and an additional four lanes of PCIe 4.0 from the chip for M.2 storage.

The Core i7-12700K lands with the same $409 pricing as the previous-gen Core i7-11700K, but it comes with 33% more threads. The Core i7-12700K has eight P-cores and four E-cores, for a total of 20 threads. The P-cores run at a 3.6 / 5.0 GHz base/boost, but that isn’t too important given the entirely new hybrid architecture — the P-cores process roughly 19% more instructions per cycle and the SoC realizes performance gains from using different core types for different tasks. Meanwhile, the E-cores weigh in at 2.7 / 3.8 GHz. The chip is fed by 25MB of L3 cache and 12MB of L2.

Based on price alone, the 12700K competes with the Ryzen 7 5800X. The 5800X carries a $449 suggested price tag but is commonly found for about $390 at retail. The Ryzen 7 5800X comes with eight cores and 16 threads that are easily outweighed by the 12700K’s hybrid architecture with 20 threads. This chip has a 3.8 / 4.7 GHz base/boost clock, but that isn’t directly comparable to the 12700K given the different architectures in play.

Based on performance, the Ryzen 9 5900X is more of a natural competitor for the 12700K. The $549 Ryzen 9 5900X comes with 12 cores and 24 threads that run at a 3. 7 / 4.8 GHz base/boost clock. Both competing Ryzen chips have a 105W TDP.

In contrast, the 12700K comes with a 125W PBP (base) and 190W MTP (peak) power rating, but be aware that Intel has also changed its default boost duration for all K-series chips from the 56-second duration with Rocket Lake to an unlimited value. This means the chip will effectively always operate at the 190W MTP when it is under load. However, most enthusiast motherboards will effectively lift all of the power limits.

If you’re looking to save some coin, the graphics-less $384 Core i7-12700KF comes with a $25 price reduction and has the exact same specs as the 12700K, which is incredibly attractive if you plan on using a discrete graphics card. Notably, you will lose Quick Sync capabilities and the iGPU fallback that you can use for troubleshooting in the event of an issue with a discrete GPU. However, those same conditions exist with all of AMD’s competing chips (there is no option for graphics on the 5800X and 5900X), so this is a comparable option. Speaking of which, the standard Core i7-12700K comes with the UHD Graphics 770 with 32 EUs that run at a 300 / 1500 MHz base/boost.

The 12700K is bookended by the Core i9-12900K and the Core i5-12600K. The $589 16-core Core i9-12900K comes with eight P-cores that support hyper-threading, and eight single-threaded E-cores for a total of 24 threads. The P-cores have a 3.2 GHz base, and peak frequencies reach 5.2 GHz. The E-cores have a 2.4 GHz base and stretch up to 3.9 GHz. The chip is equipped with 30MB of L3 cache and 14MB of L2.

The $289 Core i5-12600K comes with six threaded P-cores that operate at 3.7 / 4.9 GHz and four E-cores that run at 2.8 / 3.6 GHz, for a total of 16 threads. That’s paired with 20MB of L3 and 9.5MB of L2 cache. 

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  • The Alder Lake SoC will span from desktop PCs to ultramobile devices with TDP ratings from 9W to 125W, all built on the Intel 7 process. The desktop PC comes with up to eight Performance (P) cores and eight Efficient (E) cores for a total of 16 cores and 24 threads and up to 30 MB of L3 cache for a single chip.
  • Alder Lake supports either DDR4 or DDR5 (LP4x/LP5, too). Desktop PC supports x16 PCIe Gen 5 and x4 PCIe Gen 4.
  • Intel’s new hyper-threaded Performance (P) core, which comes with the Golden Cove microarchitecture designed for low-latency single-threaded performance, comes with an average of 19% more IPC than the Cypress Cove architecture in Rocket Lake
  • Intel’s new single-threaded Efficiency (E) core comes with the Gracemont microarchitecture to improve multi-threaded performance and provide exceptional area efficiency (small footprint) and performance-per-watt. Four small cores fit in roughly the same area as a Skylake core and deliver 80% more performance in threaded work (at the same power). A single E core also delivers 40% more performance than a single-threaded Skylake core (at the same power) in single-threaded work (caveats apply to both).
  • Intel’s Thread Director is a hardware-based technology that assures threads are assigned to either the P or E cores in an optimized manner. This is the sleeper tech that enables the hybrid architecture. 

Intel Z690 Motherboards for Intel Core i7-12700K

Intel’s Alder Lake drops into Socket 1700 motherboards with the Z690 chipset. You can read about the chipset and some of the first 60+ motherboards in our Z690 motherboard roundup here.

The new LGA1700 socket is physically larger and has a lower Z-height than current sockets, so most existing air and water coolers for LGA1200 and LGA115x motherboards won’t work with 600-series motherboards. As a result, upgraders will need to acquire a conversion kit or buy a new cooler.

Just like Z590, the Z690 chipset sports 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0, but Intel also added 12 lanes of PCIe 4.0. Intel also doubled the throughput of the DMI connection between the chip and chipset from an x8 DMI 3.0 pipe, which clocks in at 7.88 GBps, to an x8 DMI 4.0 connection that delivers 15.66 GBps. This much-needed bandwidth improvement allows for more throughput from attached RAID arrays. The increased DMI throughput is also beneficial for Z690’s bolstered connectivity options, like the new second USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 20 Gbps connection. You can read more about the Z690 chipset here. 

DDR4 and DDR5 Support with Intel Core i7-12700K

Alder Lake chips support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory, but there are several caveats tied to DDR5. As a default, DDR5 runs in Gear 2 mode, resulting in higher latency. Additionally, standard motherboards only support DDR5-4800 if the motherboard has only two physical slots. Therefore, at stock settings, Alder Lake only supports DDR5-4400 on any motherboard with four slots — even if only two slots are populated. Support drops as low as DDR5-3600 if four slots are filled with dual-rank memory DIMMs. Here are the population rules for DDR5:

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In contrast, Alder Lake supports DDR4-3200 in Gear 1 mode for all processors. That can yield latency and performance advantages for the tried-and-true memory.

A wide selection of DDR5 motherboards are available in all price bands, but it appears that you’ll only find DDR4 support on lower-end Z690 boards. Also, unlike previous generations, no motherboard supports both DDR4 and DDR5, which is probably due to DDR5’s much tighter signal integrity requirements and onboard power control circuitry. Additionally, unlike DDR4, DDR5 DIMMs come with PMIC (Power Management ICs) chips that control three on-DIMM voltage rails – VDD, VDDQ, and VPP.

DDR5 supports the new XMP 3.0 standard that supports up to five memory profiles (SPDs) to define unique frequency, voltage, and latency parameters, and XMP 3.0 also lets you write and name two of the profiles.The new XMP profiles can also control the PMICs now present on DDR5 DIMMs. Naturally, there are variances in PMIC designs and quality, adding yet another variable to watch out for when selecting the Best RAM for overclocking.

Intel has also posted a new certification page on its website to help assure that each kit is compatible with certain motherboards and firmware revisions. You can read more about DDR5’s new features here. We expect pricing for DDR5 to be substantially higher than DDR4, currently projected to be a 50 to 60% markup, for some time.

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Choosing the perfect hardware for your new gaming PC is never easy, but before you settle on a specific model of any hardware, you first need to choose the right manufacturer.

In the world of PC processors, the two main players in the market are AMD and Intel, and while the latter were definitely in the lead in the first half of the 2010s, things have changed dramatically over the past few years as AMD released its first Ryzen processors in 2017.

It’s already 2020, the third generation of Ryzen processors is gaining momentum and can impose excellent competition on 9th generation Intel Core CPUs. However, many are wondering which company’s processors are best suited for gaming?

A bit of history

Before answering the main question, we should understand what the market for central processors looked like relatively recently. Basically, Intel was the undisputed leader, as the company offered more advanced technologies and better overall performance, especially in the «high-end» segment. AMD, on the other hand, provided more affordable solutions that relied on raw power to compete with what Intel offered.

While AMD has kept up with the times, for the most part things have gotten worse since 2013. The company released the FX series of processors, which not only had a large number of cores (for that time), but also excellent performance, high overclocking potential and excellent base clock speeds. Of course, when they first appeared, they were very appropriate. However, years passed, and AMD was no longer able to offer something worthwhile. The technology stalled and quickly gave way to Intel, whose processors improved year after year.

Of course, the FX series soon fell into the lower segment with rare appearances in the middle. AMD A-series APUs were only found in basic non-gaming computers. The only glimmer of hope for AMD was the upcoming Zen architecture, which has been in development for years. In 2017, this finally happened, and now we have what we have.

AMD Ryzen

The third generation of Ryzen processors is based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture and offers a range of versatile models at all price points. In general, Ryzen processors can be divided into five groups:

  • Ryzen 3 — Designed for entry-level PCs, it offers good processing power at a very low price.
  • The Ryzen 5 are mid-range processors that offer excellent value for money and are a great choice for many gaming rigs.
  • The Ryzen 7 are performance-focused models ideal for most high-end gaming PCs.
  • Ryzen 9 — performance for the most hardcore gamers at a premium price, but sometimes it’s too much for games.
  • The Threadripper are top-of-the-line processors with a monstrous number of cores that provide unrivaled performance, designed primarily for high performance workstations.

As you can see, since 2017, AMD has been successfully imposing competition on Intel, year after year offering more powerful solutions at very competitive prices. As a result, many gamers left the Intel camp and defected to AMD. But how exactly do the latest 3rd generation Ryzen processors compare to Intel’s Core 9 processors?th generation?

AMD Ryzen vs. Intel Core

Clock Speed ​​

In the days of FX processors, AMD’s robust architecture allowed the company’s processors to reach higher base clock speeds. Today the situation is a little different, since in this respect the CPUs of both companies are more or less equal.

However, the clock speed listed on paper is a very poor way to evaluate the performance of any processor. In fact, it can be misleading, especially these days, as you’re unlikely to find a gaming CPU with a base clock speed below 3GHz. The real question is how do processors perform in terms of overclocking?


As we mentioned, AMD processors were known for their overclocking capabilities. Of course, all Ryzen models are unlocked and can be overclocked as long as the motherboard chipset supports this feature. On the other hand, not all Intel processors have an unlocked multiplier. Only models marked with a «K» at the end of the model number can be overclocked without any concern. Yes, we are right to focus on “no worries” because there are several ways to overclock an unlocked Intel CPU, but this is generally not recommended due to the risk of hardware damage.

Needless to say, overclocking performance will inevitably vary from model to model, although at the moment Intel processors have the upper hand in this area. High-end Intel processors have better overclocking potential than their Ryzen counterparts, resulting in better single-core performance. This is invisible to most PCs, but true enthusiasts who want to get the most out of their CPU should be aware of this.

Number of cores

As mentioned earlier, it was the large number of cores that allowed AMD FX processors to stay afloat even after the Piledriver architecture became very outdated. At launch, the high core and thread count of Ryzen processors was one of the main selling points, especially since they outperformed nearly every model Intel offered at the time.

So how do you compare the number of cores and threads in 2020? Well, first, we should quickly touch on the topic of multithreading and hyperthreading. Theoretically, the two technologies belong to AMD and Intel, respectively, but in essence they are the same thing — a processor with multithreading/hyperthreading cores that can handle two tasks at the same time, which greatly expands the multitasking capabilities.

For example, if a CPU has four physical cores with multithreading, this means that it has a total of eight logical cores, that is, threads. Now, if we compare 3rd generation Ryzen processors and 9th generation Core processors, it becomes immediately obvious that all mainstream Ryzen desktop processors are multi-threaded, while only Intel Core i9 models are hyper-threaded.

Here’s a brief overview:

  • Ryzen 3 processors have 4 cores and 8 threads, while i3 processors have 4 cores and 4 threads.
  • Ryzen 5 processors have 6 cores and 12 threads, while i5 processors have 6 cores and 6 threads.
  • Ryzen 7 processors have 8 cores and 16 threads, while i7 processors have 8 cores and 8 threads.
  • Finally, the Ryzen 9 processors have 12 cores and 24 threads, while the i9 processors have 8 cores and 16 threads.

So needless to say, AMD definitely has the upper hand when it comes to thread count and multitasking, though Intel is looking to close that gap with 10th Gen Core processors, all of which support hyper-threading.


Speaking of performance, we already mentioned that Ryzen has the advantage in terms of multitasking, while Intel Core processors can still offer slightly better single-core performance.

So, what is more important for games?

It’s actually quite difficult to answer this question. In the past, games didn’t use many cores because multi-core processors weren’t that common, but it’s 2020 and since there are many great processors available on the market with very high core and thread counts, things are different.

Many developers are now optimizing their games to take full advantage of so many threads, which often results in noticeable performance improvements in some video games. However, the benefit will inevitably vary from model to model and from game to game, so generalizations in this regard are not possible.


When it comes to compatibility, there are two key factors to consider, and both are related to the motherboard: socket and chipset.

Socket is the slot that houses the CPU itself and through which it interacts with the motherboard. If the processor can fit the socket, then it will be compatible with the chipset, although cheaper chipsets will not have some of the features that more expensive chipsets have.

As mentioned earlier, not all chipsets support overclocking. In addition to this, they differ in a number of other aspects, such as support for multiple GPUs, the number of ports and slots, and additional technologies such as Intel Optane or AMD StoreMI. Currently, all Ryzen processors (with the exception of Threadripper models) use the AM4 socket, which was designed with compatibility in mind.

Meanwhile, the latest Intel processors use the LGA 1151 socket, which was introduced in 2015, but there have been several changes since then that made backward/forward compatibility a little problematic.

However, it is clear that AMD also has an advantage in this regard, as you can easily swap processors without worrying about compatibility. The 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake processors use the new LGA 1200 socket, which means those who want to upgrade the processor will have to purchase a brand new motherboard. Although it is still unknown how Intel will address this issue in the future.

Meanwhile, socket AM5 is due to replace AM4 in 2021 with the launch of the 5th generation of Ryzen processors.


Well, it’s time to answer the main question. In our opinion, right now AMD Ryzen is the best processor for gaming, and it remains to be seen if the situation will change anytime soon.

So why Ryzen?

Of course, CPUs don’t outperform the competition in every aspect, however while Intel’s high-end models are generally the best choice for true enthusiasts and some professionals due to their overclocking capabilities and superior single-core performance, Ryzen offers a lot more for less. if we’re talking about games.

AMD processors not only have more threads and comparable gaming performance, but they are also much cheaper. On top of that, it’s easier to upgrade to a newer processor as you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues, although as mentioned above, AMD will replace socket AM4 with AM5 in 2021.

As the icing on the cake, AMD’s bundled coolers are much better than those offered by Intel. All this combined makes Ryzen a better and more cost-effective solution that many gamers will definitely appreciate. That’s not to say buying Intel is out of the question — as mentioned before, Core processors still have better single-core performance, and they’re also better at overclocking, which still makes them relevant for high-end PCs. However, they’re not exactly right for the average gamer right now, as they can easily feel overpriced and compatibility issues are a major downside.

In conclusion, Intel processors are worth the money if you’re building a real high-end gaming machine or a production rig and plan on overclocking the processor to get the most performance out of it, but for general gaming, AMD hardware is what necessary.

If you’re looking for a new processor, we also recommend checking out our selection of the best gaming processors available on the market right now, where you’re sure to find something for you.

Source: gamingscan.com

PC build on AMD Ryzen 7 5700G. January 2022! Gaming PC WITHOUT graphics card!

Author Anatoly Vorontsov Reading 9 min Views 7.2k. Posted by

Good day, friends! It’s no secret that the prices for gaming video cards today have long exceeded their recommended cost, and there are no trends to reduce them yet. I think that now more than ever it will be relevant to show you how to build a cool computer on AMD Ryzen 7 5700G without using a discrete card.

  • Form-Forms: ATX
  • Chipset: AMD X570
  • memory slots: 4
  • Max. memory: 128 GB
  • SATA ports: 8
  • M.2 slots: 2
  • PCI-E slots: 2 — PCI-E x16, 2 — PCI-E x1
  • Audio: Realtek ALC S1200A
  • Network interface : Intel I225-V

Traditionally, the configuration starts with the choice of the motherboard, the role of which this time went to ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PRO with the prefix «WI-FI». As you might guess, the kit comes with an appropriate Intel AX200 wireless adapter that connects to the back of the device. Wi-Fi 6 standard supported.

The board is compatible with current generations of Ryzen processors and has a well-thought-out power system with DrMOS power modules. TUF chokes and capacitors meet military standards and provide stable current with increased thermal stability. Cooling is also top notch. Separate massive radiators are installed both on the power elements and the chipset, and on one of the M.2 slots. The PCB design is made using copper parts, which should help reduce the temperature of the components during overclocking.

The motherboard supports the 4th generation of the PCI-Express interface, and this is true for both M.2 slots, which can also be combined into a RAID array. Through the Armory Crate application, flexible device configuration and Aura Sync backlight control are available. It also has the ability to configure multiple profiles and use them for different scenarios of the system. On the rear panel there is a BIOS Flashback button for offline firmware updates without connecting the processor and RAM modules. You can also find HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, USB Type-C version 3.2 Gen 2, jacks for connecting a wireless module and a standard set of interfaces: four USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1, two USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2, audio connectors with S output /PDIF, combo PS/2 and LAN port.

processor AMD Ryzen 7 5700g

  • lithography: 7 nm
  • Number/Streams: 8/16
  • Tibility Basic/Turbo: 3800/4600 MHz
  • multiplier: yes
  • Integrated graphics: Radeon Vega 8
  • TDP: 65W

AMD’s Ryzen 7 5700G processor will be the centerpiece of today’s build. Since I won’t use a discrete video card today, the entire load will lie on the built-in Radeon Vega 8 graphics core. confusing buyers. It is 5700G that is today the most powerful desktop stone with a built-in card. Rather, the processor itself does not break performance records, but its integrated video card has greatly outperformed its competitors. Moreover, even the new generation of Intel with its UHD 770 cannot compete on equal terms with the Vega 8 installed in the 5700G.

And what about the numbers? Prots received 8 cores and 16 threads, the base frequency is 3800 MHz, and when overclocked by the multiplier, which is unlocked here, the figure can reach 4600 MHz. TDP of 65 W allows us to call the stone quite energy efficient. If you don’t get too carried away with overclocking, then you can completely get by with a boxed cooler. But I will not save on this and will take at least an average tower with an acceptable heat sink.

Of course, everyone is interested in what Vega 8 is capable of in games? The answer to this question will be at the end of the video. And if we turn to dry indicators, then this is a chip with eight graphics cores and a GPU frequency of 2000 MHz. You can compare the figure with Vega 8, which was installed in the 4000th series of processors. Thus, the increase is a little more than 10%. Not as much as we would like, but this is the best solution possible today. There were no changes in the number of stream processors — in the new revision there are still 512 of them.


    • Dispersed power: 130 W
    • The number of heat pipes: 4
    • standard fan: 1*120 mm
    • 900-1500 min

    • Noise level: 18-30 dB
    • Backlight: yes
    • Height: 155 mm

    The CPU will be cooled by a mid-budget Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 cooler with a power dissipation of 130 watts. This is enough even for an overclocked 5700G. Four copper pipes, an aluminum radiator and one complete 120 mm fan are responsible for the heat sink.

    At maximum load, the noise level reaches 30 dB, and in less resource-intensive scenarios, the turntable is almost inaudible. There is a backlight to choose from — blue or white. In the first case, the cooler itself will be made in silver-black colors, and in the second — in white. The height of the tower is 155 millimeters, so it is important to choose a case with the appropriate width.

    RAM Corsair Vengeance CMK32GX4M2B3200C16

    • Capacity and type: 32GB (2*16GB) DDR4
    • XMP profile: 3200 MHz
    • Timings: 16-18-18-36
    • Heat sinks: yes
    • Backlight: no
    • Height: 33 mm integrated graphics. Dual-channel mode becomes a mandatory element of the assembly. It depends on the bandwidth of the video card. Do not forget about the amount of RAM. It is from it that the built-in card will borrow video memory.

      My choice was two Corsair Vengeance 16 GB DDR4 modules. The memory has an XMP profile at 3200 MHz, which is ideal for the 5700G processor. Timings in this case will be 16-18-18-36. The slats are also equipped with their own heatsinks. There is no backlight. The height of one module is 33 mm.

      SSD Samsung 980 MZ-V8V1T0BW

      • Form factor: M.2 2280
      • Interface: PCI-E 3.00024
      • Capacity: 1000 GB
      • Max. read speed: 3500 MB/s
      • Max. write speed: 3000 MB / s
      • Life: 600 TBW

      Despite the support of PCI-Express 4.0, I decided that it would be more expedient to buy a solid state drive that works on the 3rd generation interface. In addition, Samsung’s 980 series SSDs use more expensive MLC chips, while the company switched to budget TLC chips in new models, and the cost has increased significantly due to increased speeds and the introduction of PCI-Express 4.0.

      It doesn’t make much sense to chase high scores. The 980th series so shows quite good results. The maximum read speed is 3500 MB/s, and the write speed is 3000 MB/s. Tests confirm the declared characteristics. The volume of this drive is 1 terabyte. Given the ever-growing size of AAA titles and large-scale multiplayer projects, this capacity is already becoming the minimum necessary for comfortable use of a computer.

      SSD has 600 terabytes of write capacity. Form factor — M.2 2280, there is support for NVMe. MTBF — 1.5 million hours. You can optimize the performance of the solid state through proprietary Samsung Magician software. The warranty for the device is 5 years. But if the declared resource is exhausted earlier, then this period will be canceled.

      Power supply CHIEFTEC Core BBS-600S 60023

      • Nominal power: 600 W
      • 9002 V: 588 V Certificate 80 PLUS

      • 4+4 pin CPU: 1
      • 6+2 pin PCI-E: 2
      • 15 pin SATA: 6
      • 4 pin Molex: 3
      • Dimensions (HxWxD): 86*150*140 mm
      • The absence of a video card in the final assembly allows you not to bother much with the power supply. You can get away with a little blood. I chose something in between — Chieftec Core BBS-600S with a rated power of 600 watts. This is more than enough for the current system and even for a future upgrade for some discrete cards. The PSU is 80 Plus Gold certified. The power on the +12 V line is quite a bit behind the nominal and is 588 watts. The design is not modular.

        All necessary cables included. Of course, the power supply received a set of all kinds of protections that should be in a modern device. You don’t have to worry about safety. There is an active PFC converter that reduces the effect of interference in the 220V network and reduces the impulsivity of the consumed current. A single 120mm fan is responsible for cooling with a fairly acceptable noise level. Given that my system as a whole does not particularly load the power supply, the sound of the turntable becomes almost inaudible.

        Corps Deepcool Matrexx 50

        • MIDI-TOWER
        • Cutters for tributaries. graphics card length: 370 mm
        • Max. cooler height: 160 mm
        • Fans included: 1*120 mm
        • Total fan slots: 6
        • Weight: 7.4 kg
        • Dimensions (DxWxH): 442*210*479 mm

        The entire set of iron will be assembled inside a nice case from Deepcool — Matrexx 50. This is a fairly inexpensive Midi-Tower case with voluminous interior space. Air flow is at a good level. Most importantly, it fits perfectly with the cooler I chose and supports towers up to 160 millimeters high. The kit includes one turntable mounted in the rear of the case. You can understaff the assembly with five more fans with a diameter of 120 or 140 millimeters.

        A dust filter is installed on the front and bottom of the case, and a dust-proof mesh on the top is magnetically attached. The case is designed in such a way that you can hide all the wires out of sight and provide an aesthetically pleasing view of the interior space. Side and front covers are made of tempered glass 4 mm thick. A shroud is provided for the power supply, which also helps to eliminate protruding cables from the field of view.

        There are four bays for 2.5″ drives and two for 3.5″ drives. The main interfaces are located on the top cover. Everything is standard there — two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, two audio jacks and a system on / off button. The case weighs 7.4 kilograms and is made mostly of steel.

        Tests in games

        It’s time to test the configuration in combat. I selected several projects with different system requirements and tested them at a resolution of 1600*900 and 1920*1080. Graphics parameters and final results with an average FPS are shown in the table.

        AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 AVG FPS
        Battlefield V, Low, 1920*1080 41
        Cyberpunk 2077, Low, 1600*900 26
        Days Gone , Low, 1920*1080 35
        00 33

        My config easily coped with everyone’s favorite GTA V on medium settings, even an impressive margin remained.