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Intel Not Happy About BCLK Overclocking of 12th Gen CPUs, Warns of Damage

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You may, or may not have noticed that in certain parts of the interweb, groups of people that are generally referred to as "Overclockers" have managed to get their cheap Celeron G6900's and Core i3-12100's to run at much higher clock speeds than Intel intended and now the company is unhappy about it, as they're anticipating that they're going to lose sales of more expensive CPUs. As such, Intel has issued a warning via Tom's Hardware

"Intel's 12th Gen non-K processors were not designed for overclocking. Intel does not warranty the operation of processors beyond their specifications. Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance."



Why cant Intel give something to the consumers ? This is an opportunity to give consumers an accidental golden nugget, keeps people smiling. Retrospective actions to lock it down just seems pretty....No matter how fast it is, its still just a Celeron lol.

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This got me thinking, so I had to go and take a look.....


Overclocker der8auer continued checking through the latest ADL-S chips to see which might have HWBot world record potential.


5.3GHz on the G6900 and 5.4GHz on all 4 cores of the i3 pinning the i3 nearly equal with the Ryzen 5600x.  I agree, Intel really should just leave this one alone and throw the overclockers a bone.  It's not like we're the majority of consumers anyway.  All this will do is boost their sales.  If somebody wants or needs more cores they'll still have to go for a higher SKU Intel or a Ryzen anyway so its not really going to take away from those markets even.




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This sounds a bit like the whole i3-6100 situation all over again. Don't be surprised if they start pushing motherboard manufacturers to issue BIOS updates to lock out the method der8auer found. Could Intel pull their heads out of their asses for once and shut up about their disdain for the consumer and stop shooting themselves in the foot PR-wise?


It's incredible that a company can be so consistently brain-dead when it comes to the optics of their communications.



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