Intel Warns That 12th Gen Non-K CPUs Aren’t Designed for Overclocking

The introduction of the 3rd and 4th Generation Intel Core processors, now known as “Coffee Lake,” has brought with it an issue that’s been plaguing overclocking enthusiasts for years: non-K CPUs. Non-K is a new word for what used to be called K series in the processor industry, but these particular models are designed not to overclock. While there have always been some CPUs on shelves without this feature, manufacturers now make them standard across their product line rather than focusing on specific grades of performance like they used to.

The “intel 12th gen release date ” is a warning that Intel has released for the upcoming 12th Gen Non-K CPUs. The warning says that these CPUs are not designed for overclocking and may cause instability.

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Intel has issued a statement stating that their non-K Alder Lake CPUs are not intended for overclocking.

The remark, which was apparently triggered by der8auer’s recent success overclocking 12th Gen Intel Core non-K CPUs on some motherboards, cautions that doing so might harm a CPU or shorten its lifetime. As Intel points out, these issues are not covered by warranty.

The statement states, “Intel’s 12th Gen non-K CPUs were not built for overclocking.” “Intel does not guarantee that CPUs will operate beyond their specs.” Changing the clock frequency or voltage may harm or shorten the processor’s and other system components’ usable lives, as well as degrade system stability and performance.”

However, der8auer has already posted a number of videos that have attracted the curiosity of Intel enthusiasts looking for a seemingly easy solution to improve the performance of less expensive processors. His first video presented the potential by illustrating how a BCLK option on some motherboards could be used to overclock the Core i5-cores 12400’s to above 5 GHz, boosting performance by up to 33%.


Following that, two further films were released, the first of which proved that the Celeron G6900’s clock rates could be overclocked to 5338 MHz, a 57 percent increase. The other verified that with the correct BIOS, ASUS’ ROG Strix B660-G Wi-Fi could be programmed to overclock the newest non-K CPUs.



Intel’s statement makes no mention of whether or whether it plans to disable the ability to overclock non-K Alder Lake CPUs, although that wouldn’t be surprising given the prospect of cannibalism of its higher-tier components.

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