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Can this motherboard overclock?

I've been saving up my money to finally get an upgrade from my AMD X4 880k, and finally end that bottleneck. My gpu is an RX 470 and I've really been looking forward to get the best out of it. Now of course, my budget isn't so big. So I have come to the solution to get an i5-6400, which, unfortunately, has a low base clock of 2.7GHz. There is no way I would be comfortable gaming at this frequency, regardless of the fps, I'd really like to have some dignity too. I have never overclocked before, due to having no need for it. I would really like to at least bust 3GHz on this processor, which is where the motherboard comes in. I was thinking about going for an ASUS B250F, which isn't too expensive at the moment and is ideal for what I need. However, I have no idea if I can overclock on it. I found no articles or reviews online for it. Overclocking will become a need and I just want to make sure I can. Does anyone here know if I can? I'd like to be as sure as possible.. https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-STRIX-B250F-GAMING-Motherboard/dp/B01MRZXINR/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1489829376&sr=1-1&keywords=b250f
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  1. Only motherboard with Z chipsets can overclock, your have B and it have no support for it.
    Reply to Mister_MO
  2. Also that cpu is locked, no overclocking on intel unless you buy a k series sku aside from some very niece exceptions
    Reply to Frazzled Flamingo
  3. No OC compatibility as others have stated but you could get the i5-7400 (Kabylake) which is clocked a bit higher and would work perfect with that Asus motherboard and is only a few dollars more.
    https://ark.intel.com/products/97147/Intel-Core-i5-7400-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_50-GHz

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $179.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-18 05:52 EDT-0400
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  4. The Ryzen 5 CPUs launch on April 11. If you're on a budget and happy to overclock they may well offer better performance than the low clocked i5s for less money. We have to wait for proper reviews, of course, but if you the Ryzen 5 1400 you should get a ~3.9-4Ghz quad core, 8 thread CPU, for $169. OCing mobos are generally a little cheaper too, so you can afford a cheap air cooler.

    Wait for reviews for sure. But there's a good chance that's a great option for you.
    Reply to rhysiam
  5. rhysiam said:
    The Ryzen 5 CPUs launch on April 11. If you're on a budget and happy to overclock they may well offer better performance than the low clocked i5s for less money. We have to wait for proper reviews, of course, but if you the Ryzen 5 1400 you should get a ~3.9-4Ghz quad core, 8 thread CPU, for $169. OCing mobos are generally a little cheaper too, so you can afford a cheap air cooler.

    Wait for reviews for sure. But there's a good chance that's a great option for you.


    Thanks. And damn guys I had no idea I'd be stuck a 2.7GHz. But will that frequency still be fine for games such as GTA V or arma 3?
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    It's fine for mid-range gaming like an RX 470. I don't think you'll hit a CPU bottleneck much. But, I do think you'd be better waiting a couple of weeks for Ryzen 5.Of course it's up to you though.
    Reply to rhysiam
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