Intel has sent out a statement clarifying that its non-K Alder Lake CPUs are not meant for overclocking purposes.
The statement, which was presumably prompted by der8auer’s recent successes in overclocking 12th Gen Intel Core non-K processors on select motherboards, warns that doing so could result in damage to a CPU or a reduction in its lifespan. These problems are not covered by warranty, as Intel points out.
“Intel’s 12th Gen non-K processors were not designed for overclocking,” the statement reads. “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.”
That said, der8auer has already shared multiple videos that have piqued the interest of Intel fans who are seeking what appears to be a relatively simple way of boosting the performance of cheaper chips. His first video introduced the possibility by demonstrating how a BCLK option could be enabled in certain motherboards to overclock the Core i5-12400’s cores to over 5 GHz, increasing its performance by as much as 33 percent.
That was followed by two more videos, the first of which revealed that the Celeron G6900’s clock speeds could be overclocked to 5338 MHz, a 57 percent improvement. The other confirmed that ASUS’ ROG Strix B660-G Wi-Fi could be configured to overclock the latest non-K processors with the right BIOS.
Intel’s statement doesn’t offer any indication as to whether or not it is planning to shut down the ability to overclock non-K Alder Lake CPUs, but that wouldn’t a surprise, as the possibility could result in the cannibalization of its higher-tier parts.