Originally Posted by Silent Scone
Funny you should quote this just as I looked in, but a dose of reality normally gets people angry.
Tactics: Defined as separating SKU - Real world terminology is marketing strategy. Intel supports overclocking, they even have ITP for when not only an item is damaged but is potentially not that great a sample (used the plan for this multiple times). The reason this is being shut down as swiftly as it is, is because vendors like Asrock are openly marketing it. Intel never acknowledged this - yet people are moaning it is being phased out with newer ucode as if they didn't expect it to happen. Unlike yourself, I associate overclocking with 'doing' and getting the most out of ones system, which generally doesn't involve middle of the road SKU's to begin with. I hope that is OCN enough for you.
Wow. Way to drink the cool-aid. You never really OC'd in the good old days did you. OCing was never exclusive to rich boys and their overpriced parts. It was about milking every last ounce of performance from your setup "in the pursuit of performance". I remember that because I remember when even a lowly ECS mobo that cost $35USD could OC a Q6700 (2.66GHz clock) to 3.2GHz. All paired with a lowly 8800GT that was OC'd as well. None of those parts were anything but middle of the road but they still OC'd and worked great. But you're right; people better not OC anything that isn't K CPUs and anyone who OCs a GPU that isn't a Titan or 980 (or AMD equivalent) is just a foolish peasant who should throw more money at their parts. And anyone who debloats or tweaks Windows (or even better uses Linux) in the name of performance is just a fool as well.
Originally Posted by MonarchX
How much more can you get out of Non-K CPU's with those CPU MicroCodes? Nowhere near K-level I bet. How much do Non-K CPU's cost compared to their K counterparts (6700K vs. 6700 non-K) ? Greedy, GREEDY Intel...
Some of us would have liked to grab a certain Xenon that cost between 100 to 150 less than the 6700/6700K and gotten more for our money. But you know we're responsible consumers trying to minimize our costs instead of enabling companies to act like this.
I figure it's only 10 years tops before people start posting on here that OCing shouldn't be allowed at all; that no one should be allowed to debloatware their computers or phones; and that we should all just pay more for fancy logos if we want to have better performance.