Intel Skylake Locked CPUs May Soon be Overclockable Thanks to BCLK Overclocking
When it comes to delivering ludicrous speed on the cheap, Intel’s unlocked Pentium G3258 CPU has been one of the best options for over a year now. For under a hundred bucks, the dual-core processor quite possibly runs at clock speeds north of 4GHz. Intel however didn’t introduce successor to the G3258 when Skylate rolled around, which somewhat disappointed budget builders.
The good news is though that motherboard manufacturers have found ways to enable base-clock overclocking on locked Skylake CPUs. According to a report from AnandTech, they contacted Supermicro, which supplied them with a motherboard for extreme overclocker Dhenzjhen’s Core i3-6300 running at 5GHz clock speed. The company said it used BCLK overclocking in that experiment and the same unlocking voodoo will soon make its way to their motherboards.
Following that, ASRock contacted AnandTech and shared screenshots “saying that on their Z170 OC Formula, they can successfully adjust the base clock of the Pentium G4400 by 20+%, the Core i3-6300T by 20% and the i5-6600 by over 30%.” The Taiwanese hardware manufacturer only required an experimental BIOS which it’s planning to roll out to a large number of their motherboards after internal validation has been carried out.
Asus also seems to release adjustments over time for BCLK non-K overclocking in the near future. An overclocker going by the moniker “elmor” has reportedly achieved an incredible 5.8GHz on on a Core i3-6300 using an Asus Maximus VIII Gene.
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