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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-18-2020, 01:49 PM - Thread Starter
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[PCGamer] ASRock figured out a way to overclock Intel's locked non-K Comet Lake CPUs

Source: https://www.pcgamer.com/asrock-figur...met-lake-cpus/

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When buying an Intel processor, one of the main considerations is whether you want to overclock or plan to stick with stock settings. If you want to overclock, you should buy an unlocked K-series CPU so you can adjust the multiplier in the BIOS to crank up the clockspeed. Otherwise, a non-K series CPU with a non-adjustable (locked) multiplier will save you a bit of coin. But what if you want to save some money and overclock? ASRock's "Base Frequency Boost" technology may make it possible to overclock those locked Intel CPUs.

A leaked slide highlighting the clever workaround recently found its way to Videocardz, and now ASRock is openly flaunting (via Overclock3D) its trick.

"ASRock BFB (Base Frequency Boost) technology allows users to install non-K series CPUs on selected ASRock 300 and 400 series motherboards (even non Z models) and enjoy the base frequency boost with the hidden power of processors immediately," ASRock says.
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Is this the kind of thing Intel would try to stop?

I wish some enterprising motherboard manufacturer would find a way to eliminate or disable Intel's Management Engine.
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Kinda makes me wish the i3 system I have was using an asrock instead of an asus motherboard. Something worth keeping my eye on though, could be a money saver with not having to buy a K model or a Z model motherboard.

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Is this the kind of thing Intel would try to stop?

I wish some enterprising motherboard manufacturer would find a way to eliminate or disable Intel's Management Engine.

you mean like the time Intel stopped the same thing on Skylake?

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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
you mean like the time Intel stopped the same thing on Skylake?

gonna take a stab and say yes.
Does Intel have a legal means of forcing motherboard manufacturers to disable overclocking for non-k and non-x CPU's?

Even if they force the motherboard manufacturer to yank all BIOS images that allow the overclocking, they can't get the motherboard manufacturer to force all the customers to update their BIOS can they? Or can a microcode update accomplish the same thing (i.e. disable overclocking hacks)?
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Does Intel have a legal means of forcing motherboard manufacturers to disable overclocking for non-k and non-x CPU's?

Even if they force the motherboard manufacturer to yank all BIOS images that allow the overclocking, they can't get the motherboard manufacturer to force all the customers to update their BIOS can they? Or can a microcode update accomplish the same thing (i.e. disable overclocking hacks)?
Why do you think the K CPU's exist? Intel separate features and overclockability based on CPU's and have done for years.

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If Asrock wants to sell INTEL Mobos they need to stop this.
The chipset agreement between INTEL and motherboard manufacturers is quite intricate.

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If Asrock wants to sell INTEL Mobos they need to stop this.
The chipset agreement between INTEL and motherboard manufacturers is quite intricate.
Just another reason not to like/buy Intel I guess...
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