Best motherboards for Intel Core i9-12900K in 2024

To get the most out of your Intel Core i9-12900K, you will need the best motherboard with the Z690 chipset that your budget can cover. It's a powerful CPU, usually paired with similarly beefy components that will require an appropriately high-end board. We've rounded up the best motherboards for the Intel Core i9-12900K, allowing you to overclock this monstrous processor so long as you have adequate cooling.

Choosing the best motherboard

Why you can trust Windows Central Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

You can't choose the wrong motherboard for most PC builds, so long as the socket and chipset match up and support the processor you wish to use. The ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero is a fantastic foundation for a gaming or enthusiast PC. You can overclock the Core i9-12900K without issue and enjoy a powerful workstation for work and play. There's even a special "EVA Edition" for fans of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime, which is naturally more expensive.

Suppose it's too far out of your budget (and let's be honest, not everyone has $600+ to drop on a motherboard). In that case, there's always the ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming and MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi, which offer similar specifications and power delivery that let you build a competent PC. Even the budget-friendly MSI PRO Z690-A is worth considering, especially if you have DDR4 RAM. For smaller ITX builds, the ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WiFi is one of the best motherboards for the Intel Core i9-12900K available.

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.

With contributions from