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Intel Core i3-12100 & Celeron G6900 Non-K Age Lake CPUs show huge overclocking potential with unlocked BCLK, Quad Core on par with Six Core Zen 3 chip

Several Intel Alder Lake Non-K CPUs such as entry-level Core i3-12100 & Celeron G6900 have been tested with unlocked BCLK overclocking by Der8auer & as expected these chips show an insanely much overclocking potential.

Intel entry-level Quad & Dual-Core Non-K Age Lake CPUs showcase insane overclocking potential with unlocked BCLK, up to 60% overclock over stock clocks

Last weekend we reported how some advanced motherboards had been detected with Non-K BCLK overclocking. This feature allows users running a non-K CPU to reap the OC benefits that these expensive motherboards have to offer, and since the majority of Non-K chips are based on P-cores only and not overclocked to wall like the flagship SKUs, they seem like the perfect fit for overclockers to hone their skills.

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As such, Der8auer not only tested the Core i5-12600 and Core i5-12400, but this week he decided to give a go to entry-level Core i3-12100 Quad-Core and Celeron G6900 Dual-Core chips. These are as entry-level as the 12th Gen Alder Lake lineup can be, and while testing them on the US $ 600 motherboard seems strange, the tests revealed that these chips hold a really strong overclock potential. Der8auer also used a custom water-cooled setup to replace his Intel Laminar stock CPU cooler, which he had used to test the two previous chips.

Intel Core i3-12100 Quad-Core CPU 5.4 GHz Overclock:

Starting with the Intel Core i3-12100, a stock chip scores 3200 points with a boost clock of 4.3 GHz. But the chip was overclocked to an insane 5.4 GHz (+1.1 GHz) with 1.447V and delivered a score of 4283, which ended up being faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 core chip. This is a massive 34% increase in performance for a 26% increase (over boost clock).

Intel Core i3-12100 Alder Lake Non-K CPU overclocked to 5.4 GHz with BCLK OC. (Image credits: Der8auer)

Der8auer also compared the Intel Core i3-12100 to AMD's own Ryzen 3 5300G quad-core in the Y-Cruncher benchmark and found it to be extremely fast compared to the Zen 3 offering. The Intel Core i3-12100 with a 5.3 GHz clock and under custom water cooling scored 37.017 seconds, while the AMD Ryzen 3 5300G scored 52 seconds while under the LN2 and ran at a much higher clock speed. So you can see how big a performance difference Alder Lake, a sub- $ 100 US (F variant) chip, offers compared to AMD's Quad and Hexa core offerings.

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Intel Celeron G6900 Dual-Core CPU 5.34 GHz Overclock:

Moving on to the Intel Celeron G6900, the chip was also overclocked to an impressive 5.34 GHz with 1.474V and scored up to 1498 points. This is faster than the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, a chip with 4 cores and 8 wires.

Intel Celeron G6900 Alder Lake Non-K CPU overclocked to 5.34 GHz with BCLK OC. (Image credits: Der8auer)

Although the 2400G is old by current standards, it should be noted that the Celeron CPU costs less than $ 50 US. Der8auer also has an update that says he was able to detect a pair of B660 motherboards that should also technically allow non-K Age Lake CPU overclocking, and if that ends up being true, these boards will sell as hot bread.

Quick update regarding motherboards: I found two B660 cards that technically should allow non-K OC. Ordered both and should have an update within the next 2-3 days 🙂

via Der8auer

A motherboard that is likely to allow this feature appears to be ASUS ROG STRIX B660-F Gaming WiFi, as seen by Andreas Schilling from Hardwareluxx. The motherboard is seen with the Intel Core i5-12400 Non-K CPU running at clock speeds of 5.38 GHz (1.492V). This will be a great motherboard from ASUS if they allow Non-K BCLK overclocking on it and keep it open for consumers to enjoy. CornerJack over at has also been able to produce similar overclocking results with the Core i5-12400 as tweeted below:

Once again, this shows great performance potential in the Intel Alder Lake Non-K CPU series. They already have outstanding performance out of the box, but with overclocking they may prove to be worthy mainstream chips, but it is unlikely that Intel will want motherboard manufacturers to enable wider support for BCLK overclocking, as they want this feature should only be limited to their high-end K-Series lineup, unlike AMD, which offers overclocking support across all of their Ryzen chips.

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