ASRock’s Non-Z170 Overclocking Motherboards Not Coming Anymore
Originally, ASRock had announced their non-Z170 motherboards for overclocking on multiplier-locked Skylake processors, but now it looks like they have decided not to go ahead with the plan.
The reason behind not going ahead with the three consumer oriented SKUs and one that was to be designed for socket LGA 1151 Xeon CPUs, is that it is not in line with the specifications of the Intel Skylake CPU.
They had originally showed off the motherboards at CES 2016 where although they received largely positive responses from the consumers and the overclocking community, the reaction from companies was mixed at the most.
Specifically, Intel was not happy with their decision and one of their reps even went on to say that they do not support such endeavors. It looks like their say has had the weightage:
An official statement has been issued by the company stating that “ASRock has decided to remove SKY OC technology from these motherboards’ feature lists since it is not compliant with Intel Skylake CPU specifications.”
In order to bring us the non Z170 motherboards for overclocking, the company was bringing on their Sky OC technology that required some hardware level modifications to the motherboards which is why existing models were not getting the features.
Another company, Super Micro has decided that they will go ahead with their non-Z170 overclocking motherboards, however. These will come with CPU C-State and Turbo Boost enabled for 100Mhz BCLK.