Well, well, well... Intel's new mid-range Alder Lake-based Core i5-12400 processor has just been used by overclocker Der8auer, and pushed to a huge 5.3GHz -- resulting in up to 33% more performance.
In what feels like the Intel Celeron 300A days are back (hey, Der8auer, do you have a Golden Orb cooler lying around?), Intel's new Core i5-12400 is a non-K series CPU -- meaning it can't be overclocked -- but when Der8auer installed it into a high-end Z690 motherboard, the OC was ready to go.
He thinks that the higher-end Z690 motherboards might be able to unlocked the previously locked non-K series CPU, at least with the Core i5-12400 and Core i5-12600 processors that Der8auer tested, since they have an external clock generator. Flagship motherboards from ASUS and ASRock in the Z690 ROG Maximus and Z690 Aqua are both such boards.
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Der8auer said that the BCLK OC options are confirmed on both ASUS Z690 APEX and Z690 HERO motherboards with the 0811 BIOS, but isn't available on the ROG STRIX Z690-I motherboard.
You can see from the benchmark charts that the overclocked Core i5-12400 processor at 5.24GHz is a freaking monster, offering 33% more performance over its stock clocks. Overclocked, it is nipping on the heels of the slightly higher-end Core i5-12600 processor, and beats out the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor.
In games, the overclocked Core i5-12400 processor actually beats the flagship Core i9-12900K processor... you read that right, the Core i5-12400 >>> Core i9-12900K. It beats everything actually, every damn processor on the chart by close to 10FPS average in Battlefield 2042 at 1080p (CPU limited, so it's showing the strength of the CPU cores).
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