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Comprehensive ASRock H670 Steel Legend Review, Cost Performance Motherboard with Combination 12th generation Core i5 / i7

Great value at the rate of USD 175! Motherboards that adopting Intel H670 chipset released on January 28, 2022.

Story Highlights
  • Highlighted Features:
  • Supports 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors (LGA1700)
  • 9 Phase Dr.MOS Power Design
  • Supports DDR4 5000MHz (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 5.0 x16, 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1 1 M.2 Key-E for WiFi
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Realtek ALC897 7.1 CH HD Audio Codec, Nahimic Audio
  • 4 SATA3
  • 2 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4), 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4 & SATA3)
  • 1 Front USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C, 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 (Rear Type A+C), 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 Rear, 4 Front)
  • Dragon 2.5G LAN

I tried the excellent 12-thread CPU “Core i5-12400”

From here, I decided to actually use the H670 Steel Legend to build a PC for testing.

For the CPU, we opted for the 6-core/12-thread “Core i5-12400” model, which only comes with P-cores. It doesn’t have the E (Efficient) core that emphasizes power efficiency, which is a feature of the 12th generation Intel Core processors, but close to rival AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and the previous generation Core i7 at around USD 230, it’s the perfect CPU for the job such as light photo/video editing and casual game engines.

Moreover, it combines 32GB x 2 with DDR4-3600 drive and SAMSUNG “980 PRO 2TB” which is the fastest class of PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD.

comprehensive asrock h670 steel legend review
Comprehensive ASRock H670 Steel Legend Review: Intel Core 12th generation Core i5 series processor with lower model “Core i5-12400”.
comprehensive asrock h670 steel legend review
Comprehensive ASRock H670 Steel Legend Review: The Core i5-12400 is a 6-core/12-thread CPU operating at a maximum of 4.4GHz. The basic TDP is 65W, the MTP is 117W, and so on.
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Comprehensive ASRock H670 Steel Legend Review: The Core i5-12400 has “Intel UHD Graphics 730” built into the GPU. There is also a “Core i5-12400F” (USD 205) without a GPU. This needs to be considered because the cost performance will increase.
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Comprehensive ASRock H670 Steel Legend Review: H670 Steel Legend has “Long Duration Power Limit” set to “65W” by default.
comprehensive asrock h670 steel legend review
Comprehensive ASRock H670 Steel Legend Review: You can also check the PL1 65W Power Limit and 117W PL2 Power Limit with “HWiN FO64 Pro”.
comprehensive asrock h670 steel legend review
Comprehensive ASRock H670 Steel Legend Review: Despite the cracks, it operates at 3790.7MHz under multicore load and 4390.3MHz on single core.
PeripheralsSpecifications
CPUIntel “Core i5-12400” (6 cores / 12 threads, maximum 4.4GHz)
CPU coolerID-COOLING “SE-226-XT-BLACK” (air cooler, 120mm fan, side flow type)
MainboardASRock “H670 Steel Legend” (Intel H670, ATX)
Memory CardG.Skill (F4-3600C16D-32GTZNC) (16GB×2, DDR4-3600)
Video cardIntel “Intel UHD Graphics 730” (GPU with built-in CPU)
StorageSAMSUNG 980 PRO MZ-V8P2T0B/IT (2TB, PCIe4.0 NVMe SSD)
Power supply unitSUPER FLOWER “LEAD EX VI PLATINUM PRO 1000W” (1000W, 80PLUS PLATINUM)
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 11 Pro 64bit (21H2)
Comprehensive ASRock H670 Steel Legend Review: Test environment specifications

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