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Last week, the latest BIOS update for ASRock Z170 motherboards removed the Sky OC function, which was the company's term for the ability to overclock non-K Intel Skylake processors. Today, Intel has confirmed that it will be updating its CPUs to stop users overclocking processors they shouldn't be able to.
Towards the end of last year, ASRock announced that a BIOS update would allow base clock frequency overclocking on restricted Skylake processors. Some other motherboard vendors followed suit, adding the feature in beta BIOS updates that overclockers snapped up. Intel, it seems, wasn't too happy about it..
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Intel confirmed to PC World today that a microcode update will be closing the loophole. ”Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS,” an Intel spokesman said to PC World. “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.”

In other words: if you want to overclock a Skylake CPU, you better pony up for the more expensive K-series chips.

Intel has finally spoken about non K overclocking on Skylake CPUs.

They do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so, but should you be prevented from doing it?
Edited by TopicClocker - 2/10/16 at 1:45am
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Well it least the word "voluntarily" is in there, but I am guessing that choosing not to do so would bring down the wrath of Intel. Sucks for buyers of non K processors but in the grand scheme of things it is probably a good thing, now if you want an affordable chick that can overclock there is only one place to go. AMD could use the sales boost.
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I think they should have put a hardware "fuse" in them, one that blows when the proc is run outside of spec. That way they can deny warranty claims on those units, but if customers want to take the risks they still can.
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this is why I use amd, they might be broke but at least they don't waste resources doing things like this or like NVidia where they are stopping oc's on mobile gpu's, total waste of time and hurts the consumer.
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this is why I use amd, they might be broke but at least they don't waste resources doing things like this or like NVidia where they are stopping oc's on mobile gpu's, total waste of time and hurts the consumer.
Maybe if Zen is competitive Intel won't be able to get away with crippling their products so much. I'm not holding my breath though. As for overclocking mobile parts, that's a really stupid idea if the cooling and power delivery systems aren't designed for it, so the decision to enable/disable overclocking on those systems should probably be left to the OEM.
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This will probably be worked around fairly soon..
     
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I've seen custom BIOS mods include different microcode before...
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Interesting article, for those who are interested about this type of things
 
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This will probably be worked around fairly soon..

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