Intel 13th Gen Core non-K Processors not Made for BCLK Overclocking

Intel 13th Gen Core non-K Processors not Made for BCLK Overclocking

Intel had mistakenly released a microcode update for the last generation of LGA1700 processors which enabled board partners to modify the Base Clock Speed (BCLK), i.e., increase the frequency of their otherwise locked CPUs. This was later disabled in another microcode. 

Intel confirmed that their 13th Gen Core non-K series is not designed for overclocking. 

Intel 13th Gen Core non-K Processors not Made for BCLK Overclocking
Intel 13th Gen Series 

The company also stated that doing so will nullify the warranty as Intel “does not warranty the operation of processors beyond their specifications”. 

It was reported that the previous-gen non-K chips can still be overclocked, but this does not apply to the latest models. According to some insider sources, this will likely remain the same for some time. 

Intel did offer a service plan called “Performance Tuning Protection Plan,” which ensured replacement of units damaged by overclocking. This required a one-time payment of 20-30 USD. However, this program was permanently stopped after a while. 

BCLK overclocking was earlier possible on motherboards with a built-in clock generator. MSI then launched a mid-range motherboard called Mortax MAX which comes with BIOS tools that enable BCLK overclocking for Core i7-12700 processors. The only exception for the series is the Core i7-13700. 

Intel 13th Gen Core non-K Processors not Made for BCLK Overclocking
MSI BCLK unlocked for 12th/13th Gen CPUs

Intel’s BCLK restriction will not affect the ‘Tau’ adjustment, which is another way of overclocking. Most motherboards usually let users operate their CPU in the higher turbo state for an extended time period.  

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