Friday, January 15th 2021

Intel Gives Memory Overclocking Ability to H570 and B560 Chipsets

With the launch of its 500 series chipsets, Intel has officially laid the groundwork for the launch of its Rocket Lake-S CPU lineup. And with the new platform, there are some new features to be expected. The surprising news today is that Intel has enabled memory overclocking on a non-Z chipset like the upcoming H570 and B560 chipsets designed for mid-range motherboards that provide a budget option compared to the Z series that is designed for overclocking. The H570 and B560 chipsets now only lack the support for CPU overclocking, however, with Intel's history of limiting any overclocking exclusively to Z chipsets, this represents good progress nonetheless. However, for any frequencies above 2666 MHz, you need to use a Core i5 processor and above. The Core i3 and Celeron models are not going to support any higher speeds than 2666 MHz.
Sources: @momomo_us (Twitter), Tom's Hardware
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23 Comments on Intel Gives Memory Overclocking Ability to H570 and B560 Chipsets

#1
TheLostSwede
This is such a heart-warming story, so kind of Intel to grant its users such an amazing feature.
Oh right, they took it away a few years ago, because...
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#2
PooPipeBoy
I'm glad they're finally unlocking it. Intel has enjoyed milking their pay-to-play ecosystem for far too long now.
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#3
R0H1T
PooPipeBoy
I'm glad they're finally unlocking it. Intel has enjoyed milking their pay-to-play ecosystem for far too long now.
Nah, the chipsets still don't support OCing K chips ~ no reason why it should still be a privilege but I guess old habits die hard :shadedshu:
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#4
Raendor
R0H1T
Nah, the chipsets still don't support OCing K chips ~ no reason why it should still be a privilege but I guess old habits die hard :shadedshu:
OC is almost useless these days. AMD has OC, but it's barely faster than stock while consumes more. Same with intel.
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#5
PooPipeBoy
R0H1T
Nah, the chipsets still don't support OCing K chips ~ no reason why it should still be a privilege but I guess old habits die hard :shadedshu:
Yeah I don't expect them to unlock CPU overclocking anytime soon. I'm not a marketing exec but it would sure generate a lot of hype if they did, even though overclocking returns are diminishing.

They had the right idea with the Core i3-7350K (i.e. having at least ONE unlocked processor sku) but it was damn near the price of a Core i5-7400. Poorly executed.
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#6
R0H1T
Raendor
OC is almost useless these days. AMD has OC, but it's barely faster than stock while consumes more. Same with intel.
Intel still has a lot more room with OC, definitely more than AMD. The other issue is the artificial market segmentation with their unlocked K chips & now non IGP (F) desktop parts. Of course you could argue whether OCing is actually worth it in your use case but the huge clock speed differential, as compared to non K parts, & the need to have a Z board make it a less appealing option in many cases. If I'm looking just to OC a chip Intel would still be the preferred brand, albeit a more expensive proposition.
PooPipeBoy
They had the right idea with the Core i3-7350K (i.e. having at least ONE unlocked processor sku) but it was damn near the price of a Core i5-7400. Poorly executed.
Yeah would've been great if they put their monies where their mouth is.
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#7
TumbleGeorge
Most of Rocket Lake Core series will support DDR4 3200 as native at box. Most of Comet lake Core series support DDR4 2933. Why should trouble for OC RAM with series chipset for MB's for office use? For Pentium/Celeron for web browsing, movies, MS Word, Excell, PPoint, Tetris?
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#8
LTUGamer
R0H1T
Nah, the chipsets still don't support OCing K chips ~ no reason why it should still be a privilege but I guess old habits die hard :shadedshu:
If cheap chipsets would have overclocking ability there be no point to buy expensive ones
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#9
R0H1T
Cheap chipsets aren't "cheap" just because of that.
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#10
TumbleGeorge
LTUGamer
If cheap chipsets would have overclocking ability there be no point to buy expensive ones
Overclocking of CPU is death from few years. Increase of frequency with 10-15%(when is possible) 10-15% more performance in tasks. What is positive to got 3-4% at "OC" of CPU and 1-2% at OC RAM when for that you spent +30% more money? Yes more OC is possible for the purpose of competition with $XXXX...X more money for expensive MB's, cascade phase-change cooling, or liquid gases(helium, nitrogen)?
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#11
owen10578
Wow they are so out of touch that they still felt it was needed to lock this pathetic feature to just i5 and above. Are the ones making these decisions living under a rock?
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#12
Dredi
Do you still need a K cpu though?
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#13
docnorth
Raendor
OC is almost useless these days. AMD has OC, but it's barely faster than stock while consumes more. Same with intel.
You are right, although Intel's OC still provides a small but noteworthy gain. Consumption and heat on the other side...
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#14
TheLostSwede
TumbleGeorge
Most of Rocket Lake Core series will support DDR4 3200 as native at box. Most of Comet lake Core series support DDR4 2933. Why should trouble for OC RAM with series chipset for MB's for office use? For Pentium/Celeron for web browsing, movies, MS Word, Excell, PPoint, Tetris?
Did you even look at the pictures? :rolleyes:
The i3's and below don't support faster RAM, so your comment is quite moot.
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#15
TumbleGeorge
TheLostSwede
The i3's
Lol! The i3 still Core? :D
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#16
jeremyshaw
TumbleGeorge
Lol! The i3 still Core? :D
Who knows, anymore? There is at least one i5 which is mostly Atom. :P
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#17
SuMMoN
I think you misinterpret this.

"*11th Gen Intel® Core™ (i9/i7/i5) support DDR4 up to 3200; Core™ (i3), Pentium and Celeron® support DDR4 up to 2666."

It mean 3200 is guaruntee for i5/i7/i9, 2666 is guaruntee for i3 and below. Above is overclock and not guaruntee.

ASUS Z490 Maximus XII Extreme state similar, yet you can overclock ram to 3200 with i3-10100


www.techpowerup.com/review/intel-core-i3-10100/4.html
rog.asus.com/motherboards/rog-maximus/rog-maximus-xii-extreme-model/spec/
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#18
TumbleGeorge
SuMMoN
2666 is guaruntee for i3 and below. Above is overclock and not guaruntee.
DDR4 has standard operating to 3200MT/s this mean models between 2666 and 3201MT/s are not "overclocked". Intel make artificial limitations to milk fanboys for more money for expensive parts.
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#19
dicobalt
Yet another aspect where Intel is trailing behind. Next up they need to unlock all their CPUs like AMD.
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#20
Raendor
docnorth
You are right, although Intel's OC still provides a small but noteworthy gain. Consumption and heat on the other side...
Very small and at lower res. A case where means don’t justify the cause.
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#21
londiste
However, for any frequencies above 2666 MHz, you need to use a Core i5 processor and above. The Core i3 and Celeron models are not going to support any higher speeds than 2666 MHz.
This part is most likely wrong. 3200 and 2666 are the official supported RAM speeds for processors, memory overclock will go beyond that.
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#22
Berfs1
If H570 and B560 support memory overclocking, then the max supported memory speed by the CPU doesn't really matter (only matters in determining potential IMC quality). The bottom half of the 3rd screenshot shows the maximum speed natively supported by the CPU. Even in the top half of the screenshot you can clearly see whatever motherboard that is, can support 5000 MHz on 11th gen processors, with "OC" in parenthesis, denoting it is an overclock. So basically, in overclocking terms, H570 and B560 are the same as Z590 in that, you can go past the CPU's maximum IMC supported speed, but unlike Z590 you cannot increase the multiplier above the CPU's spec. What will be interesting is how BCLK overclocking comes into play, if it will be allowed on B560 and H570 as well.
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#23
_UV_
LTUGamer
If cheap chipsets would have overclocking ability there be no point to buy expensive ones
No, it open new possibilities for rising prices because of that. AMD did it with B550 without "killer feature" and it lead to a decline of sales.
dicobalt
Yet another aspect where Intel is trailing behind. Next up they need to unlock all their CPUs like AMD.
With current trend to OC out of the box to the max silicon could possibly survive for warranty period (both AMD and Intel) and after reading some materials about how current CPUs could possibly degrade much faster than previous gen (prior to 2015-17) due to constant high temperatures and faster clock speed switching with faster heat up/cool down, i would prefer to downclock or fix it at the levels of multicore turboboost.
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