Intel warns: Overclocking ‘non-K’ Core CPUs could fry them

Intel warns: Overclocking ‘non-K’ Core CPUs could fry them

When asked about the possibility of overclocking 12th generation non-K Core CPUs, Intel points out that this practice is not covered by warranty and could cause damage to the processor and PC components.

What does Intel think about the possibility of overclocking the 12th generation “non-K” Core CPUs that have emerged in the last few days. In a statement released to Tom’s Hardware , the Santa Clara house merely warned users of the possible negative implications of this action .

“Intel 12th generation non-K processors are not designed for overclocking . Intel does not guarantee that processors will operate beyond their specifications. Altering the clock frequency or voltage could damage or shorten the life of the CPU and others. system components , and may decrease system performance and stability. “

Warranty that may not be recognized, processors that may fry and other problems of various kinds. For now, Intel focuses on these topics to discourage enthusiasts from this practice, which for now has been confirmed on some ASUS Z690 and B660 motherboards, as well as on the ASRock B660 Steel Legend.

Also, while so far it seemed that the feature was only intended for motherboards compatible with DDR5 memory, it seems that it will also land on DDR4 models. This is said by der8auer himself on the Hardwareluxx forum , explaining that ” one of the big manufacturers is working on a B660 card with DDR4 for the OC of non-K CPUs “.

It is clear that if ASUS or whoever for it proceeds to extend this possibility to all or most of the 600 series motherboards, the other manufacturers will follow suit.

Intel’s statement suggests, however, that sooner or later the ax will fall on this possibility, as it could negatively affect sales of K CPUs, in particular the 12600K, and failing to act would be equivalent to approving a procedure that could “damage or reduce life. usefulness of the CPU and other system components “.

We are quite certain that Intel does not want to take on an easily avoidable volume of RMA, the son of those who venture, perhaps with little experience, into the OC of non-K processors. Intel could clearly surprise us and not lift a finger, but we doubt. We’ll see: in its tests der8auer managed to push a Core i5-12400, a Core i3-12100 and a Celeron G900 to over 5 GHz.

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