Alder Lake Non-K Overclocking Motherboards Are Rare, Expensive and DDR5 Only

Thanks to a community forum post from HWBot, we have a full list of the known Alder Lake motherboards that support overclocking on Intel’s locked CPUs (known as non-K overclocking). Despite Intel doing its best to block this “feature” from being supported, there are still several motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI that allow you to overclock Intel’s locked chips. 

Unfortunately, the list of motherboards supporting non-K overclocking is very small, with nearly all being premium boards. That makes the idea of building a budget-friendly overclocking capable rig with a locked Alder Lake CPU basically impossible. In addition, none of the motherboards support DDR4 memory, meaning that you’ll have to pony up for price-gouged DDR5 memory if you want to overclock a non-K processor. Unfortunately, these additional costs mean that most users could just step up to an unlocked chip for the same (or less) amount of cash. 

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