ASRock Has Already Released Its First non-Z170 Overclocking Motherboard
Back in January, ASRock announced that it had cancelled its plans to develop non-Z overclocking motherboards, and following that, the company rolled out a BIOS update to remove the Sky OC function on non-K chipset based motherboards.
At the time, it looked like the party was over for budget-minded overclockers who’d now have to pay for a “K” series chip again. But ASRock nevertheless developed non-Z170 OC motherboards, in fact it has already released the first one onto the market.
Apparently, ASRock has found an interesting way to re-enable the BCLK overclocking option: it is using an external clock generator with two of its motherboards, which circumvents Intel’s previous microcode update that closed down the loophole on non-K CPUs. The generator will let you increase the processor’s clock speed in increments of 0.0625 MHz.
Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC is the first overclockable motherboard that has already been released to various retailers. It shares many features with a Z170 enthusiast motherboard: it features a 10-phase power design, a relatively high-end Realtek ALC1150 audio codec, and two PCI-E x16 slots. Though the board doesn’t offer an M.2 slot or a second BIOS chip.
Further, Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC is currently the only board on the market that is capable of overclocking Skylake LGA 1151 Xeon processors.
Two other motherboards from ASRock that will make overclocking non-K chips possible include the Fatal1ty H170 Performance/Hyper and the Fatal1ty B150 Gaming K4/Hyper. Both products use a separate, external base clock-generator to give overclockers more control over their systems.
Pricing or availability details are not know yet, but we’ll update you as soon as we get a word.