Our list of questions also had a secret list of the latest PC components from Intel and Gigabyte. We didn’t spare theMVP Santa and nabbed the Intel 12th Generation 12900K Alder Lake processor sitting on Gigabyte’s Z690 Aorus Pro motherboard with 32GB of DDR5 RAM.
This nameless PC that was put together has all the ingredients for a proper gaming appetite. Heck, it will even make your neighbourhood video editor envious. But all that aside, we removed the Nvidia RTX 2060 and replaced it with our own test bench Nvidia RTX 3080.
The performance gains over the Intel 11th Gen are quite significant. Enough to ditch the previous generation power-hungry i9 for a more powerful and power-hungry i9. Intel has an all-new socket with the Alder Lake which means it needs a new motherboard and all.
All the games we tested were on 2K and 4K resolution with 144Hz and 165Hz monitors. For competitive shooters like Valorant, the build was easily pumping 450+ frames on the lowest settings. That’s roughly 150 frames more than our Intel 11th Gen build. Yes, we know Valorant won’t break any sweat and the true nature of this build comes when you’re pushing the graphical limits with Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5 and God of War (2018).
Halo Infinite on 4K with all the settings turned up got us around 70 to 80 frames with Ray Tracing enabled. We got 60 to 75 frames on the Intel i9 11th Gen. Forza Horizon 5 gets around 90 frames with the settings turned all the way up. If the thermals are handled well, the game can hit around 100 frames.