Intel warns: Overclocking “non-K” Core CPUs could fry them

What do you think information of the possibility of overclocking 12th Gen “non-K” Core processors emerged in recent days (we talked about it here and here)? In a statement issued to Tom’s Hardwarethe Santa Clara house is limited to warn users of possible negative consequences of such action.

“Intel’s 12th Generation Non-K Processors they were not designed for overclocking. information does not guarantee the operation processors beyond their specifications. Changing the clock frequency or voltage could damage or shorten the life of the CPU and other components system, and may decrease system performance and stability”.

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Warranty that may not be recognised, processors that may fry and other issues of all kinds. For the moment, Intel is dwelling on these arguments to dissuade enthusiasts from this practice, which for the moment has been confirmed on certain ASUS Z690 and B660 motherboards, as well as on the ASRock B660 Steel Legend.

Also, while until now it seemed like the feature was only intended for motherboards compatible with DDR5 memory, it looks like it will land on DDR4 models as well. Say it’s the same der8auer on the Hardwareluxx forumexplaining that “one of the big manufacturers is working on a B660 board with DDR4 for the OC of non-K CPUs“.

Clearly, if ASUS or anyone else proceeds to extend this capability to all or most 600-series motherboards, other manufacturers will follow.

However, Intel’s statement suggests that sooner or later the ax will fall about this possibility, as it could hurt sales of K processors, especially the 12600K, and not to act would be tantamount to approving a procedure that could “damage or shorten the useful life of the CPU and other system components”.

We’re pretty sure Intel doesn’t want to tackle easily avoidable RMA volume, sons 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 it. We’ll see: in its tests, der8auer managed to push a Core i5-12400, a Core i3-12100 and a Celeron G900 to more than 5 GHz.