The Alder Lake processor is only supported by boards with Z690 chipset and LGA 1700 socket. You don’t need to spend a fortune to mount the new Intel Core i5-12600K motherboard, as it doesn’t require a power-hungry design. However, you will have to stretch your budget if you want to take advantage of DDR5 compatibility and improvements in the quality of its components.

Gigabyte Z690M Aorus Elite AX DDR4:-

There aren’t many options in the mATX segment right now, and we think that’s a shame as this form factor has a lot to offer gamers and users who don’t need a wide range of expansion options and prefer a more compact PC. However, the Gigabyte Z690M Aorus Elite AX DDR4 covers all your needs well. It’s fully featured with 3 M.2 slots, 6 SATA slots, and two well-spaced full-length PCIe x16 slots. DDR4 is required, which means you can get affordable RAM and keep system costs down without affecting performance.

Networking is provided with the now upgraded Intel I225V LAN 2.5Gbe Ethernet Adapter, and a Wi-Fi-equipped model is available. Be sure to pick that one if you know or think you want Wi-Fi, as this board takes the odd step of skipping all PCIe 1x slots. There’s a good range of other connectivity on the front panel I/O with USB Gen2 3.2 header, 9 USB ports on the back of varying speeds, and an additional USB C port there too, as well as enough fan headers (4 + AIO ) for most constructions.

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon:-

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon Wi-Fi is another excellent motherboard and a newer one in the hardware world. MSI is a well-known brand, and its products are continuously in demand. This particular product is also a company masterpiece. Because the installation does not involve any complicated procedures or arcane rocket science, even beginners can enjoy it. In addition, the makers provide high-quality accessories. Let’s take a closer look.

This device is proudly referred to as the best flagship motherboard for the i5 12600K processor. Although you may not like the fact that this motherboard supports earlier DDR4s, doesn’t that suggest you’re building a future-proof system? We like that this product, unlike its competitors, is completely affordable to the general public. It is not prohibitively pricey. Surprisingly, performance and features are not sacrificed. The heat-sinks work so well that the gamer need not worry about the system overheating; isn’t that so cool?

Asus Prime Z690M-Plus 4D:-

If you’re looking to really cut the budget for a high-performance CPU at a minimal cost, Power PC suggested the Asus Prime Z690-M Plus 4D is a DDR4 option with all the basic features you need and is available for just $140. This board has VRM 10-phase with heat sink and three M.2 slots for storage, as well as an additional M.2 E key slot for a Wi-Fi card. There are two reasonably spaced full-length PCIe X16 slots, so large GPUs don’t need to intrude on the other full-length slot. The cost reduction comes from limited fan headers, a basic audio implementation, and more basic aesthetics. However, it’s a good option to get the performance of a 12600K without breaking the bank.