Best motherboards for Intel Core i7-12700K in 2024

The Intel Core i7-12700K is a couple of generations old, but it's still a capable CPU without being as power-hungry as its replacements in the Core i7-13700K and the recently reviewed Core i7-14700K. The great thing about the Z690 platform is that this chipset will allow you to upgrade to a 13th or 14th Gen CPU if you desire in the future. Below are a number of DDR4 and DDR5 motherboards that are still fantastic options for 2024. 

In addition, we've added a Z790 motherboard due to the backward compatibility with Intel's 12th Gen whilst also providing extra hardware benefits such as extra I/O ports. A Z790 will offer more PCI-E lanes depending on the model and the possibility of higher memory clocks. We have more Z790 motherboards here if that's what you would prefer for you system.

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All of these motherboards will have no problem running the Intel Core i7-12700K, and you can easily get away with using the cheaper options. However, if you are looking to upgrade to the 13th or 14th Gen CPUs, such as the Core i7-14700K for instance, then spending a little more on the motherboard and going for a Z790 option would be the better move. 

If you already have DDR4 modules to use, that will help to keep the costs down, but it may still be worth investing in DDR5 for when you upgrade again in the future. Beyond 14th Gen, we'd be expecting Intel to be all-in on DDR5.

It's also worth noting that Intel's 15th Generation will not be supported by these motherboards. It will be moving to an entirely new chipset, so keep that in mind if you're looking for something more future-proofed. 

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a 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 on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

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