ASRock New technology Brings Overclocking to Locked Comet Lake-S CPUs

ASRock’s Base Frequency Boost (BFB) Technology, which is innate to the brand’s latest Intel 400-series motherboards, will allow consumers to overclock the base clock on locked Intel 10th Generation Comet Lake processors, even with non-Z series motherboards, as per a leaked slide shared by VideoCardz. Intel didn’t mention anything about base clock overclocking on non-Z Comet Lake CPUs in its announcement. Technically, it’s possible that Intel could eventually disable the ASRock feature with a firmware update; however, this would be a bit odd since CPUs are still running within Intel specifications even if they’re using ASRock BFB. The specifics around ASRock’s BFB technology is a mystery for the time being, but the one thing we know is that it increases the processor’s PL1 (power level 1) from the default value to the maximum value and locking it at a higher value.

Model Cores / Threads Base Clock (GHz) ASRock BFB (GHz) Boost Clock (GHz) All-Core Boost Clock (GHz) TDP (W)
Intel Core i9-10900 10 / 20 2.8 3.7 5.2 4.5 65
Intel Core i7-10700 8 / 16 2.9 3.9 4.8 4.6 65
Intel Core i5-10600 6 / 12 3.3 4.1 4.8 4.4 65
Intel Core i5-10500 6 / 12 3.1 4.2 4.5 4.2 65
Intel Core i5-10400 6 / 12 2.9 4.0 4.3 4.0 65
A higher TDP limit breathing would allow a non-K Comet Lake processor to run at a higher base frequency with higher power consumption and more heat, so your CPU cooler will decide whether you can hit the higher base clock speeds. The increase in base clock speeds will vary from 800 MHz to 1,100 MHz, depending on the model of the processor. Overall, ASRock’s Base Frequency Boost looks like a great feature to have.


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