Test Setup

Please read our test setup information carefully below, we are now using Windows 11, and each testbed is customized for each platform being compared. Each RAM kit required a different motherboard, but the AIO/cooling, CPU, PSU, and SSD are all equal among them.

System Hardware Setup Table

System Setup

For our DDR4 platform, a Z690 DDR4 motherboard is being used and the Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR4-3600 Kit is running at 3600MHz at 16-18-18-38 2T and the GEAR mode is in Auto.  For our DDR5 platform, a Z690 DDR5 motherboard is being used and the Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 memory kit is running at 5200MHz at 40-40-40-79 2T Gear 2 mode.  Remember, we tried Gear 1 in both XMP profile modes, and it did not work.

Take note that we are using Windows 11 Pro for each platform.   In order to eliminate any issues with performance degradation, we installed Windows 11 Pro fresh and clean on each platform.  We also updated Windows 11 to the latest updates at the time of testing, the version used across all platforms was 21H2 22000.348.

Also, we streamlined our Windows install to disable background processes and enabled/disabled certain things noted in the table above. We have Core Isolation/Memory Integrity Virtual Based Security VBS DISABLED on all test systems, we also have Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling DISABLED on all test systems, and in the BIOS we have Resizable BAR disabled on all test systems. Importantly, we are using the preferred methods of enabling the highest-level Power Profile plan in Windows 11. We prioritize the “Best Performance” profile under Windows Settings > System > Power, when that isn’t available set the “Ultimate Performance” power plan under Control Panel and Power Options.

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5 Comments

  1. How is that MSI cooler doing? CPU cooling for alder lake is my main big question atm and MSI liquid coolers seem to be one of the few that are compatible that I can get over here.

    Especially worried after reading that article where they show bent CPU heatsinks with dodgy cooler mounts.

  2. [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 45055, member: 284″]
    How is that MSI cooler doing? CPU cooling for alder lake is my main big question atm and MSI liquid coolers seem to be one of the few that are compatible that I can get over here.

    Especially worried after reading that article where they show bent CPU heatsinks with dodgy cooler mounts.
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    It’s the best cooler that I’ve had on the test bench (on the 10980XE though). I’m sure Brent has better feedback on Alder Lake specifically…

  3. I’ll have more experience in the near future, have it installed on a 12700K right now, and then 12900K, so far as far as the 12600K goes it went real well, and that CPU stayed cool very well with it, however, I have been running it on 100% fan speeds for testing purposes, so it’s loud. I will be getting to temp testing on the 12700K soon, and then 12900K ,and we’ll really see how it holds up. As for bent heat spreaders, haven’t noticed anything odd. I will say though that with the screws screwed into the backplate it’s a lot looser than I would have thought it would be, or I should say, compared to other coolers, but it’s not a problem once you screw down the block on top of the screws with the thumbscrews, it tightens up nicely, and you really can’t over tighten it, it has a natural stop. Make sure to check in next week to see how the temps on the 12700K did, then in a couple more weeks the 12900K.

  4. I will leave a link to the article I read, it’s kind of though to read guess it did not translate well but found it interesting. [URL]https://www.igorslab.de/en/bad-cooling-at-alder-lake-problems-at-socket-lga-1700-on-the-lane-among-all-remedies/[/URL]

    Does look like the risks are bigger with cheaper boards.

  5. [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 45073, member: 284″]
    Does look like the risks are bigger with cheaper boards.
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    That’s par for the course for a number of reasons. That being said, I did notice that the back plate EK offers for it’s LGA 1200 / 2066 socket waterblocks is much thicker and beefier than what I’ve seen on pretty much every generation going way back to the pre-Sandy Bridge era.

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