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Can Anybody overclock Intel Core i3-8100 processor if yes then please let me know?

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To overclock Intel Core i3-8100 processor you need to unlock the CPU. But you can increase the performance of your Processor by setting to maximum turbo frequency using ThrottleStop.

What is Overclocking?

Overclocking is the process of speeding up or increasing the clock speed than official efficiency provided by Manufacturer. In other words, overclocking is the method of configuring the hardware components to obtain extra utility and performance than the default. We have to take many precautions while overclocking your Intel Core i3-8100.

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Remember: Overclocking can result in damage 

Overclocking is method triggering main processor or graphics controller, but systems such as RAM are also involved in this process which leads to an increase in power consumption and fan noise. Due to overclocking many manufacturers gives the extra functionality of safety to deal with operating conditions outside the control of manufacturers. The disadvantage of overclocking your Intel processor is overheating and more power usage. Ultimately, heating will result in decreasing the life span of your CPU.

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Difference between locked and unlocked processors

  • You might have been noticed about locked and unlocked processors while purchasing
  • Unlocked processors are made with unlocked clock multipliers and are denoted with K
  • These unlocked processors can be overclocked by pairing with a proper chipset while locked processors are not overclockable.
  • Earlier CPU’s were used to sold unlocked but now nearly every Intel CPU’s are locked
  • However, the Intel Core i3-8100 processor may overclock as every processor has the ability to perform more than safety limits but it will result in bricking.

About Intel Core i3-8100

  • Manufacturer: Intel
  • Cores: 4
  • Architecture: Coffee Lake
  • Cache: 14nm++
  • TDP: 64W
  • Graphics: Intel UHD 630 (1100 MHz)
  • Base Frequency: 3.6 GHz
  • Turbo Boost: No


Why you cannot overclock Intel Core i3-8100 Processor?

  • A CPU Locking is done to lock the clock multiplier permanently or till the clock limit is not removed.
  • So it is a restriction on overclocking or to protect the CPU from further damages.
  • These locked models are denoted with ‘K’ in Intel and ‘Black’ for the AMD
  • Lastly, If you want to overclock your Intel Core i3-8100 processor then you have to unlock if possible. Since Turbo boost is not available on your Intel processor you cannot increase the performance of this processor.

List of all Unlocked Processors

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