A leaked slide, purportedly from an ASRockpresentation on Intel 400 series motherboards, claims that the company's Base Frequency Boost (BFB) tech will enable overclocking on non-K Comet Lake CPUs and non-Z 400 series motherboards. If true, this might allow budget Intel i3-10100 users to trounce the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 through BFB overclocking.
BFB apparently works by increasing the TDP of locked processors to their maximum PL1 value. For 65W processors like the i3-10100, this would mean an increase to 125W. According to the slide, BFB can overclock some processors like the i7-10700 by as much as 900 MHz.
Til date, one of the key advantages of buying Ryzen hardware was that AMD allows overclocking on everything apart from bargain-basement A320 motherboards. ASRock's BFB tech appears to offer remarkable advantage considering how Intel locks overclocking to premium K-series CPUs running on expensive Z-series motherboards.
However, Intel has been known to crack down on any attempts to overclock its non-K CPUs. It remains to be seen whether ASRock will actually be allowed to support BFB.
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