Intel stated that it does not recommend overclocking processor models not adapted to the factory. The manufacturer warns about the possible damage to the CPU and other computer components.
Over the past few weeks, according to Tom’s Hardware, overclocking enthusiasts have discovered that some of the cheaper 12th Generation Intel CPUs, such as the Core i3-12300 and Celeron G6900, can be overclocked with very good results on motherboards with the B660 chipset.
This is unusual because cheaper models without the “K” designation should be completely blocked from manually tuning the operating frequency. According to unconfirmed information, one of the “big manufacturers” of motherboards is even supposed to work on a model adapted to overclocking cheap CPUs.
When asked for a statement on the matter, Intel replied, “Processors without the” K “suffix were not designed for overclocking. The company does not guarantee the operation of the processors outside the factory specification. Manual parameter tweaking can shorten the life of the CPU and other system components,” the statement reads.
An error in the microcontroller is allegedly responsible for the possibility of overclocking cheap processors, although it has not been confirmed at the moment. The unintended feature may be disabled in future motherboard BIOS updates.