Yesterday it became known that Intel Alder Lake is perfectly overclockable even with the multiplier locked – you just need a suitable mainboard. Initially, only a few ASUS flagship models based on the Intel Z690 chipset were classified as such boards, but now it turned out that cheaper solutions are also suitable – boards from the same ASUS, but based on the mid-range Intel B660 chipset.
Notorious enthusiast Roman “der8auer” Hartung reported that some Intel B660-based motherboards support overclocking Alder Lake processors with a locked multiplier. He promised to get the right models as soon as possible and test them to make sure overclocking is supported.
One of those boards is likely the ASUS ROG Strix B660-F Gaming Wi-Fi, which a user in China used to overclock a Core i5-12400 processor to 5376MHz across all six cores.
Keep in mind that some motherboards allow you to overclock Alder Lake processors that aren’t designed for it by increasing the BCLK frequency. To do this, they use an external clock generator. But not every board has it, so not all models are suitable for overclocking. We’ll likely hear about more motherboards in the near future that offer the ability to overclock Alder Lake with a locked multiplier.