Can I overclock Intel I7 10700 on Z490-A PRO?

fganter

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I've tried to do some basic CPU overclocking on my Z490-A PRO and none of them will work - i.e. when the system reboots, I get an error saying the settings did not work.

By "basic CPU overclocking" I mean:
- trying to set CPU ratio over 48. BIOS will not allow me to do so - can set no higher than 48.
- changing CPU Base Clock from 100 to 105

All other BIOS settings are at their defaults.
I'm running the latest BIOS (7C75v22).

I've read I should be able to overclock non-K CPUs with these MSI Z series boards and I'm pretty sure I've done so with a prior Z series board, so I'm a bit confused.

Any ideas?

I would rather overclock this 10700 than shell out an additional $80 for the 10700K or $100 for the 10900F.
 

zerijelly

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Did you run CPU stress test with single core?
You could use Cinebench single core and 10700 shall be able to run up to 4.8Ghz with specific core.
 

flobelix

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No, there is absolutely no oc possible with a non-K cpu on any Z490 board. Only thing extra possible is tweaking ram speeds.
 

citay

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It's not worth overclocking the latest Intel or AMD CPUs. In both instances, they went to 99.9% of the chip's capability already, through various turbo modes etc. If you try to overclock despite that, the temperature will be very hard to keep in check, because the CPUs are incredibly dense and you would have to raise voltages too much for the average cooling system, even water-cooling! Not to mention that heat and power consumption go hand in hand. You might have 1.5% better performance with 30% more power draw.

Honestly, like flobelix said, the best method nowadays is to get RAM with good ICs (Micron Rev. E, Samsung B-Die...) and set e.g. DDR4-3600 with CL16 and nice subtimings. You can pretty much forget about CPU overclocking. Sad but true. They milked everything out of those new CPUs already.
 
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