[SOLVED] MSI B660M Mortar WiFi vs Asus B660M-Plus WiFi

Which one should I choose? First one is one of my favorite MOBOs at my max $180 USD price; although PCIe 4.0. But second board has PCIe 5.0 for the same price. I don't need the feature today, but am I silly to pass it up?

CPU is an core i5-12600K by the way. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

* Addendum: I forgot to link the boards (below) *
 
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Ai90 Yes, it's a good board (MSI Z690-A Pro ), and ironically I was initially considering it. However, the $240 price point for the DDR4 WiFi version feels little steep, considering the $300 MSRP ($229 actual Micro Center purchase price) that I paid for the core i5-12600K. Even at $180 USD, I wonder if I'm paying more than is warranted.
The problem is that you already took K processor, maybe considering fact that you took it cheaper - no big loss in form of overclocking in case you go with B660 road.

It would be interesting to see / prospect that Intel will do with 13-gen CPU. They could make it only with Z690 compatible or something weird. I am also considering either to buy very strong B660 board or entry level Z690 such A Pro.
 

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MSI Z690-A Pro, strong entry level Z690 would be also good combination with your CPU. Should cost +10 USD approx.
 
Ai90 Yes, it's a good board (MSI Z690-A Pro ), and ironically I was initially considering it. However, the $240 price point for the DDR4 WiFi version feels little steep, considering the $300 MSRP ($229 actual Micro Center purchase price) that I paid for the core i5-12600K. Even at $180 USD, I wonder if I'm paying more than is warranted.
 

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Ai90 Yes, it's a good board (MSI Z690-A Pro ), and ironically I was initially considering it. However, the $240 price point for the DDR4 WiFi version feels little steep, considering the $300 MSRP ($229 actual Micro Center purchase price) that I paid for the core i5-12600K. Even at $180 USD, I wonder if I'm paying more than is warranted.
The problem is that you already took K processor, maybe considering fact that you took it cheaper - no big loss in form of overclocking in case you go with B660 road.

It would be interesting to see / prospect that Intel will do with 13-gen CPU. They could make it only with Z690 compatible or something weird. I am also considering either to buy very strong B660 board or entry level Z690 such A Pro.
 
"The problem is that you already took K processor"

Unlike previous core i5 K vs non-K chips, there is a fundamental difference between the core i5-12600K and i5-12600; the latter lacks 'E' cores. Therefore I assume it would have a diminished cinebench R23 multicore score. Where-as the 12600K has single and multicore scores of 1918 / 17660 respectively.

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134589/intel-core-i512600k-processor-20m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/96149/intel-core-i512600-processor-18m-cache-up-to-4-80-ghz.html

I understand your point, but I just find the comparison between the two chips to be very interesting.
 

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"The problem is that you already took K processor"

Unlike previous core i5 K vs non-K chips, there is a fundamental difference between the core i5-12600K and i5-12600; the latter lacks 'E' cores. Therefore I assume it would have a diminished cinebench R23 multicore score. Where-as the 12600K has single and multicore scores of 1918 / 17660 respectively.

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134589/intel-core-i512600k-processor-20m-cache-up-to-4-90-ghz.html

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/96149/intel-core-i512600-processor-18m-cache-up-to-4-80-ghz.html

I understand your point, but I just find the comparison between the two chips to be very interesting.
You do not plan to overclock, right?
 
Ai90 I ended up buying and installing the MSI B660M Mortar WiFi, and I'm happy with the purchase. In answer to your last question: No, I have no intention on overclocking, but I'm still okay with my CPU and motherboard decisions. Also, I plan on checking out the 13th gen when it releases. If the single core performance is at last another 25-30% above Alderlake, then I will seriously consider upgrading at that time. Thank you for your time.
 

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