Best RAM for Intel Core i7-12700K in 2022

GeIL Polaris RGB SYNC
GeIL Polaris RGB SYNC (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

The Core i7-12700K is one of Intel's 12th Gen "Alder Lake" desktop processors, with high-end performance for those who are into heavy multitasking, gaming, or specialized work. The new CPUs offer support for both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM, which means you can choose to save some money with the older standard or go with the latest and greatest for more speed at a higher cost. However, since the best DDR5 RAM is as rare as the best graphics cards, you might not have much of a choice if you're upgrading or building a new PC right now. In any case, this collection of DDR4 and DDR5 RAM will suit the Core i7-12700K.

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Intel introduced a new socket requirement for its 12th Gen Core desktop CPUs. The new LGA 1700 socket is a different dimension, meaning older motherboards will not work if you're only looking to upgrade. This means you'll also have to choose whether you want a board with DDR4 or DDR5 RAM support.

The fact that DDR5 RAM is essentially impossible to find right now might make that decision a lot easier. Our collection of the best motherboards for the Core i7-12700K has a bunch of great options to help you get started.

If you choose to stick with DDR4 RAM to save some money, G.SKILL's Trident Z RGB is never a bad choice if you like all your PC parts to have some lighting. And if you'd like to keep things within a tighter budget, Corsair's Vengeance LPX is trusted by countless PC enthusiasts. And for those who do want to go with the latest DDR5 standard, GeIL's Polaris RGB Sync RAM has a clean look, RGB lighting, and huge performance gains over DDR4.

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