Those looking for a more economical approach to building a new system using an Intel 12th Gen processor may want to take a look at motherboards from ASRock. A reddit user has received confirmation from ASRock that all of its Intel 600-series chipset motherboards will allow BFB (base frequency overclocking) for non-K Alder Lake CPUs.
after checking with BIOS department, our 600 series mainboards support BFB, too.Best regards,
ASRock originally introduced BFB with Intel 9th Gen processors on select 400-series motherboards. It later expanded support to include some 300-series motherboards. BFB is already seen on the Z690 lineup, but it will be a welcome addition to the other models. BFB allows all cores to run at their max frequencies per the power limits set in the BIOS. This means that builders on a budget will be able to achieve a greater level of performance from their CPUs simply by raising the power limit.
Since a Z690 paired with an Intel Core i9-12900K could easily set back an enthusiast over $1000, the thought of using a lower-end board to get their foot in the door will most certainly have greater appeal. On the other end of the spectrum, one could conceivably use a H610 combined with an Intel Core i5-12400F 6-core/12-thread processor with all clocks running at 4.4 GHz or higher, for a few hundred dollars. By just spending a bit more to move up to a B660 or H670 board for the added features of the 600-series chipset, such as a 4.0 x8 DMI link or 12 Gen 4 lanes, combined with BFB, the deal only gets better. Best Buy confirmed pricing on a lineup of non-K processors in December with a starting price of $109.99 for the i-3 series, which can be found here.