For our tests, we will be using a test rig which is comprised of the ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER EDITION Motherboard, along with an Intel Core i9-12900KF @ default clock speed, as well as 32GB of Patriot Viper Gaming Venom RGB DDR5-6200 in quad channel mode.
All tests were conducted at turbo clock speeds at a resolution of 1920×1080. High or Ultra settings enabled.
|CPU||Intel Core i9-12900KF (Alderlake) 12th Gen 10nm|
|Cooling||Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flex AIO 240mm|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z690 Taichi RAZER EDITION|
|Ram||32GB Patriot Viper Gaming Venom RGB DDR5-6200|
|XMP profiles||Yes XMP 3.0 Profiles|
|SSD/HDD||Adata Legend 840 1TB (PCIE Gen4x4)|
|PSU||Thermaltake ToughPower PF1 ARGB 1050W|
|VGA card||ASRock Radeon RX 6750 XT 12GB|
|Drivers||Latest Software Adrenalin Drivers from AMD|
Using the the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML 240 (fitted with the LGA1700 brackets), the processor produced a full load temperature of 103 degrees Celsius, which is shockingly high! I’ve never seen anything reached that high before. A few weeks ago, when rumors were circulating about Alder Lake’s extremely high load temperatures, I thought they were just nonsense rumors … but boy! I was wrong. The things is … the processor wasn’t even overclocked, it just run Intel’s native Turbo Boost.
There’s a simple explanation for this … Intel’s Alder Lake processors has a TDP of 125W (241W with Turbo Boost enabled). I highly recommend you get a decent AIO Liquid cooler for your Alder Lake processors.