The suffering still exists and while it’s still difficult to get a decent GPU for a decent price, there is still no choice left other two these two:
- You wait for the prices to drop
- You get the one you want by saving more money
I am never in the favour of the second option but when it’s already more than a year, I understand not everyone can wait to start gaming right away. So, in this post, I am going to discuss the best possible graphics cards you can use with the all-new Alder Lake Intel Core i5 12600K processor.
No doubt, this processor is a beast and with 10 cores and 16 threads, it is an absolute future-proof chip that will do other CPU-intensive tasks as well. The i5 12600K, however, needs a worthy GPU to be used with as it is simply not just a 1080p gaming processor.
Core i5 12600K has the capability of handling any graphics card on the planet but at the same time considering your target fps, resolution, and graphical settings along with your budget should determine what you should buy. So, here are the top 4 GPUs I recommend to go with the i5 12600K.
Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060 Ti
The first choice, if you want to play all the AAA titles on the highest settings at 1440p, should be the RTX 3060 Ti. This GPU is a beast with it, you easily achieve 60+ fps on ultra settings. Performance-wise, it is faster than the GTX 1080 Ti which although is a 5-year-old card but as I still own it, I know how powerful it is.
The advantage over the 1080 Ti, however, is that the RTX 3060 Ti can do ray tracing and you will also have the support for DLSS. These two factors will make gaming performance better and visuals on the next level. It comes with 4864 Cuda Cores and a VRAM of 8GB GDDR6 clocked at 15Gbps. These specs are ideal for 1440p gaming and at 1080p, you can kill any esports games with 200+ fps.
Compared to its competitor from the Red Team, it is superior to the RX 6600 XT in gaming as well as in Ray Tracing and delivers exceptional performance without losing the beautiful visuals. The only disadvantage currently, is that it is way more expensive than the 6600 XT and due to this, I would prefer the RX 6600 XT until the GPU prices come to normal.
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
At a price much lower than that of RTX 3070 in the current market, the RX 6700 XT is an excellent choice and will further increase the fps numbers on your screen. It is an excellent 1440p gaming card that will require no compromises in graphics settings from your side.
It comes with 2560 Stream Processors and 12GB of VRAM featuring GDDR6 memory. It beats the RTX 3060 Ti in most games with up to 5% gains in performance and therefore, the current pricing makes it a great competitor to the RTX 3060 Ti and a perfect card to use with the i5 12600K.
Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 Ti
Geforce RTX 3070 Ti is a completely different story. The GPU is an upgrade over the RTX 3070 with more Cuda Cores and an upgrade over the GDDR6 memory. RTX 3070 Ti comes with GDDR6X memory, however, it is the same size as the non-Ti version i.e., 8GB. This card beats the RX 6700 XT in most titles with up to 10% more fps, however, in some, it ties with the latter.
It is more powerful in Ray-Tracing and can possibly play a lot of games on high to ultra settings at 4K resolution. While I don’t recommend going for 4K, in case you want to, then you can achieve close to 60 fps by tweaking some settings.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD RX 6800 XT is a few per cent faster than the RTX 3070 Ti and currently, costs the same on most retail sites. The RX 6800 XT, however, has an advantage over the RTX 3070 Ti in memory. It comes with double the memory size that is more than enough for maxing out any game even at 4K resolution.
It comes with 4608 Stream Processors and significantly better Ray Tracing features than the 6700 XT. The Compute Units and Ray Accelerators of RX 6800 XT are almost double than the RX 6700 XT making it an ideal GPU for Ray Tracing in games but make no mistake, the RTX 3070 Ti is still superior in Ray Tracing.
But when it comes to value for money, RX 6800 XT is as good as the RTX 3070 Ti.
There are a few more choices that could have made to the list but based on different factors, I only listed the top ones for the i5 12600K. If you have any questions regarding the GPU selection or related to any PC hardware, let me know in the comments section below.