Today, I will be building a high-end Alder Lake PC for gaming/editing using the 12900K CPU. We will look at what Alder Lake has to offer and focus on its new features and chipset. We will also go over a little bit of overclocking and it's easier than ever but at a cost, I will show you some options and recommendations based on Alder Lake.
Intel has released its 11th gen CPUs based on the Cypress Cove architecture and continues to push 14nm to its limits. These new CPUs have a ton of negative press surrounding them but especially the 11900K. There are some serious holes with the new product stack but also a lot of good that the processor brings when considering generational leaps and what 14nm++ is capable of. We are going to do something a bit different here with this overclocking guide by comparing Intel's recommended test settings versus a manual all-core overclock. Intel's recommended settings are going to offer a bit more performance than just basic default settings. Let's see what we can get out of this CPU.