Intel 12th Gen Desktop CPU releasing on the 5th of November in NZ!

UPDATE: Intel 12th Gen is available now in the Intel Store 🙂

Woohooo! The latest Intel 12th Gen CPU finally have an official release date set for New Zealand and it’s November 5th so we don’t have very long to wait 🙂 And with the first wave of K and KF series options now revealed, we can start planning new builds too!

What makes this launch so cool is that some of the new motherboards releasing alongside support brand new DDR5 ram kits, and because the socket is updating to a much larger LGA1700 – we’re going to get a bunch of new CPU cooler options soon too.

Important note: The 12th Gen CPU is quite a bit longer than the current 11th Gen, getting technically specific a moment the LGA1200 indicates the number of CPU contact points in the motherboard socket being 1200, the new LGA1700 adds 500 more for the new total – quite significant and something to consider if you’re wanting to use a current-gen CPU cooler, in regards to the direct CPU contact point, along with the 4mm difference in mounting bracket points.

Starting off with a quick look at what is probably going to be the most popular in the 12th Gen Intel CPU range, we can now see the new Intel Core i7-12700K is going to cost around $800 here in NZ and that puts it in price/performance competition with the already impressive i9-10900K and i9-11900KF options, and that’s a really great sign, going up against the i9 is no easy feat so we’re expecting very good things from the new i7!

The new Z690 series motherboards are in plentiful supply too, with a wide range of new options already landed in NZ ahead of release, but what’s proving a little harder to find is the new CPU coolers that will come with the LGA1700 bracket needed to fit onto the CPU – and that’s super important as all the first wave 12th Gen CPU options releasing do not include a CPU cooler.

Luckily for us, those fine folks at Cooler Master and Corsair have a bunch of brackets now on the way to NZ with which we can update some existing options, plus our friends at MSI have a new MAG CORELIQUID AiO that’s ready to go with LGA1700 compatibility right out of the box!

All ASUS Z690 motherboards also include LGA 1200 mounting holes in addition to LGA 1700. Therefore, if current owners of ASUS AIO coolers possess an LGA 1200 mounting kit that came with their cooler, they can use this on any ASUS Z690 motherboard too. Asus are super smart 🙂

With the cooling options thankfully looking better than first thought, let’s move onwards to check out one of the new motherboards with support for DDR5 RAM kits, the ASUS ROG Z690 MAXIMUS APEX.

Take a moment, look at that RAM slot configuration, that’s something new!

The specifications from Asus show the unique configuration is in fact 2x DIMM slots for a maximum of 64GB DDR5 running up to 6600MHz. The slot beside it is labelled DIMM.2, and this is something cool too, it allows us to connect M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD via a special caddy.

Asus also have a PCIe 5.0 M.2 caddy for that central x16 slot, and while I suspect we’re more likely to use that for a graphics card at the moment, it’s a pretty cool looking component.

When it comes to DDR5 ram, there are a small number of kits that have already landed in NZ from G.Skill and Corsair which run at up to 5200MHz, these are premium options with head spreaders and RGB lighting. The design is smoother than the current DDR4 version with its sharper lines, here’s hoping for more interesting designs as more kits get revealed from Kingston and Crucial too.

It’s a lot of new awesomeness to take in, and we can’t wait to get hands-on with all the new options to see what the performance is like in all our favourite games – fun times ahead!


Good Gaming PC – G.Skill RGB Ram Kits Available NOW!


UPDATE: G.Skill have released a software package for Trident Z RGB. The current beta software version supports Intel 200-series chipset motherboards. Intel 100-series chipset and even the new AMD 300-series chipset motherboards have partial support; some models have known issues that will be fixed in the future versions. This beta version does not have Intel X99 support yet.

UPDATE: ASUS Aura software with Trident Z RGB support is up on the ASUS website. The correct version is v1.04.29 or later, ASUS only lists their Z270 motherboards as compatible, but should also work with ASUS Z170 motherboards. There is currently no support for ASUS X99 motherboards.

OOhhhh we do love adding a little colour to our Gaming PC and with these latest DDR4 memory kits from G.Skill things are looking better than ever! A culmination of over 25 years of experience in DRAM manufacturing, G.SKILL has combined full-range RGB lighting with their Trident series DDR4 ram kits. Designed with a custom 10-layer PCB and hand-picked IC chips to enhance overclocking performance, the Trident Z RGB series is capable of reaching speeds of DDR4-4266MHz!

By default, the Trident Z RGB displays a rainbow of colours in a wave-style lighting effect, illuminating any system with a myriad of hues. Further lighting effects and colour customisations can be controlled and chosen through software, which is out now from Asus AURA!

GGPC PCPartPicker Trident Z RGB Ram Build

Once you’ve got everything installed Aura will look like this, each ram stick has 5 customisable zones for you to tweak at your leisure 🙂  We’ve done a quick custom pc build that connects all lighting to Aura giving you full control from one access point, you can check it out on the GGPC PC Part Picker – For this one we added an additional CM MasterFan Pro RGB + Phanteks LED RGB Strip lighting along with the G.Skill Trident Z RGB, a STRIX GTX 1070 with RGB and STRIX Z270X RGB Motherboard to show just how far you can take things 🙂

GGPC RGB Trident Z Aura Ram Software

The full range of G.Skill Trident RGB Ram + MasterFan Pro RGB Fans are available in New Zealand now, we’ll update with more details on the Cooler MasterCase 6 when it releases \o/ Keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!