ASRock BIOS Update Removes the SKY OC Feature, No More Unlocking Non-K Skylake CPUs
Recently, various reports surfaced claiming that Intel is pushing motherboard vendors to remove the overclocking features of non-K Skylake processors. Now, the first evidence of this pressure appears, as the latest ASRock BIOS update removes the SKY OC function on Z170 chipset based Skylake compatible motherboards.
Back in December, we reported that various motherboard vendors including ASRock, MSI, Biostar, ASUS and Gigabyte have found ways to enable base-clock overclocking on locked Skylake CPUs. Of these, ASRock heavily promoted and branded their non-K overclocking feature, called SKY OC, which no doubt looked pretty impressive in terms of performance.
The feature allowed users to adjust their BCLK in order to achieve speeds higher than stock, even as high as 60% in the case of Core i5 6400. That was a massive boost in performance, somewhat eliminating the need to spend extra on K model processors – and that was obviously not as appealing for Intel.
So, what many have expected to happen is eventually here. The ASRock BIOS update from yesterday for its Intel Z170 motherboards bring two key tweaks:
1. Update CPU microcode to 0x76, and
2. Remove SKY OC function.
Currently, ASRock gave no explanation of either tweak in a BIOS read-me file. Let’s see how other motherboard vendors explain the removal of this feature in subsequent BIOS updates.