Quad-core CPU World Record Broken By Overclocked Intel Core Non-K CPU

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Those who like speed in their computers will be happy to hear about someone breaking a speed record. In the past, the fastest quad-core CPU was the AMD Ryzen 5300G. It finished the Y-cruncher benchmark, an express tool designed to test CPU speeds, in 52 seconds. That is pretty fast since calculating Pi manually can take years if done by hand. The benchmark tool simulates this and lets the computer calculate Pi. Even computers find it difficult so they take seconds to finish. However, someone broke the 52-second speed record recently. The new king of the hill did the job in only 33 seconds.

Bringing up the speed

The Korean overclocker, Phantom K was responsible for the achievement. He used a Core i3-12300 mounted on a motherboard Asus ROG Maximus Apex Z690. A RAM of 32GB of DDR5-6736 was there to provide help with the number-crunching. The setup would get quite hot. 

Instead of the popular liquid nitrogen, cooling came in the form of dry ice. The cooling system is important since it ensures that the entire system won’t overheat.

What is notable about the components is the use of a non-K processor. Usually, most overclockers work with Intel K processors since they are the only ones with the ability. But it seems that Alder Lake chips can experience the power of overclocking with some tweaks. This was possible with the help of specific motherboards.

Unlocking the full power of a CPU

The overclocking expert der8auer revealed the secret. He recently shared two videos on how he overclocked two non-K Alder Lake S CPUs. It works as long as the motherboard BIOS that you are using can support the ‘unlock BCLK’ function. The function is in the advanced settings and may not always be present. Several motherboards have this ability. This includes those from the Asus Maximus Z690 line, the Asus B660F, and the ASRock B660 Steel Legend. People are still experimenting so more of these motherboards might be out there.

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The potential for this is incredible. Der8auer showcased it when he pushed the humble Celeron G6900 to its limits. The CPU hit 5.3GHz which is much higher than its standard 3.4 GHz. That is a 57 percent jump in performance.

While this all might seem like hobbyists pushing the limits of a CPU, it does have a practical purpose. Even if overclocking does have issues of overheating and possible crashes, it is still very safe. A person with the right knowledge can overclock their CPU without problems.

This opens up the possibility of creating faster computers without shelling out a lot of money. Some tinkering and investment in additional cooling would allow a mid-range motherboard and CPU to match the latest CPUs out there. A lot of home PC builders would appreciate the challenge. However, Intel might step in to close a loophole that could cost them money. It will be interesting to see how developments in this field will progress from here.