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Best motherboards for Intel Core i7-12700K 2022

Msi Mpg Z690 Carbon Wifi Box
Msi Mpg Z690 Carbon Wifi Box (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

The Intel Core i7-12700K is a unique processor in that it sits slap bang in the middle of the more affordable Core i5-12600K and the overkill that is the Core i9-12900K. Still, we're going to be recommending the same best motherboards for the Intel Core i7-12700K, all using the Z690 chipset with a mix of DDR4 and DDR5 support, depending on your preference.

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ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming (opens in new tab)

Best overall

The ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming is the sweet spot for the Core i7-12700K. It has PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 RAM support, a 16+1 power delivery design, high-quality components, 2.5Gb LAN, Wi-Fi 6E, plenty of USB ports, and a striking yet subtle design. It's also the successor to one of our favorite boards for 11th Gen processors.

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ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero (opens in new tab)

Best performance

The ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero is complete overkill for the Core i7 processor, but if you feel as though you will upgrade the chip down the line and want to keep to this generation, it's a worthwhile investment. The VRM setup and power delivery design are exceptional, allowing you to safely overclock even a Core i9 without power issues. There are plenty of M.2 slots, PCIe 5.0 support, DDR5 RAM support, and a gorgeous design.

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ASRock Z690 Steel Legend (opens in new tab)

Best DDR4

The ASRock Z690 Steel Legend isn't the most affordable motherboard for 12th Gen processors, but it does offer support for DDR4 RAM, which may be handy for anyone moving from older platforms. It has a 13 phase power delivery design with 2.5Gb LAN, Wi-Fi, enough M.2 slots for your OS, software, and games, as well as PCIe 5.0 support.

Choosing the best motherboard

It'll be a challenge to mess up your decision-making for a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700K motherboard. While it may have an impressive 12-core setup, this processor can easily get by on less expensive motherboards. The ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming is our go-to mid-range board for this processor, thanks to its impressive power setup and feature list.

If you have some fancy DDR4 modules you wish to save and use again, which should save hundreds compared to buying new DDR5 RAM, there are other great motherboards with the Z690 chipset that support DDR4 like the budget-friendly MSI PRO Z690-A.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.