Intel Core i5-12400 posts astounding performance numbers after YouTuber "der8auer" successfully overclocks the locked Alder Lake CPU
Intel’s non-K Alder Lake chips are locked for overclocking. You can’t increase their base clock speeds only the memory frequencies. Now, “der8auer”, a YouTuber specializing in overclocking, has demonstrated the settings that users need to adjust to overclock non-K Alder Lake CPUs. According to der8aur, some motherboards like the Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Apex have a built-in option to “Unlock BCLK OC”. Enabling this setting will allow you to overclock the base frequency of locked Intel Alder Lake CPUs.
After enabling BCLK OC, adjusting voltages, and frequencies, der8auer managed to push the Core i5-12400/F to an impressive 5.2 GHz frequency on all cores. The substantial increase in the base frequency resulted in a 33% performance uplift, resulting in the Core i5-12400 beating the Ryzen 5 5600X in Cinebench R20. Moreover, the overclocked Core i5-12400 also went toe-to-toe with the Core i7-12700K and the Core i9-12900K in some AAA games.
The key takeaway from der8auer’s video is that Intel’s low-end Alder Lake chips overclock like champs with low heat output. Unfortunately, not all motherboards support BCLK OC for non-K Intel 12th gen chips. Out of the four motherboards that der8auer tested, only two allowed the overclock.