Intel Officially Rolls out Microcode update to Remove Non-K OC on Skylake Motherboards
Intel is set to release a microcode update that will close an overclocking loophole on “non-K” CPUs that let users crank up the bclock setting on their cheap Skylake CPUs. In other words, the party is now officially over for budget-minded overclockers.
“Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS,” an Intel spokesman told PCWorld. “The latest update provided to partners includes, among other things, code that aligns with the position that we do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so. Additionally, Intel does not warranty the operation of the processor beyond its specifications.”
Non-K OC feature first came to light back in December last year, when various motherboard vendors including ASRock, MSI, Biostar, ASUS and Gigabyte announced that have found ways to enable base-clock overclocking on locked Skylake CPUs. Of these, ASRock amd Biostar heavily promoted and branded this feature, with the former calling it as SKY OC, while Biostar named it as Hyper OC.
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. But that was obviously not as appealing for Intel, who normally charges more for allowing access to such capability.
So, what many have expected to happen is eventually here. Apparently, Intel hasn’t released the microcode update, but as soon as it does, you’ll have to pay for a “K” series chip again.
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