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Intel crushes cheap overclocking dream

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Since late last year, certain ASRock motherboards allowed for overclocking using Intel’s cheaper, Non “K” Skylake CPU’s. For those of you unaware, Intel’s chips come in two variants; a K version that has an unlocked multiplier – which makes for easy overclocking – and a regular, cheaper version that doesn’t allow you to fiddle with its settings in the BIOS.

Some craft types though, discovered that some boards allowed the less expensive regular chips to be dialled past their factory-standard frequencies. For the budget minded Pc gamer who’s bent on eking every last drop of performance out of a cheaper chip, this has been a godsend – but it looks like it’s all coming to an end.

Intel has officially said it’s sending an update to motherboard makers which will kill the cheap overclocking dream.

”Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS,” an Intel spokesman told 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.”

What recourse is there for those who’ve now spent cash on the cheaper overclocking setup? It’s pretty simple really – just don’t ever update the BIOS on your motherboard ever again, and hope to heck there are no real issues that need to be remedied through a future BIOS update. As a caveat though, intel warns that overclocking its chips will void their warranty.

Last Updated: February 9, 2016

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  1. Jac7

    February 9, 2016 at 11:34

    Bunch of clocksuckers.

    Reply

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      February 9, 2016 at 12:28

      To the top you go with this comment!

      Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 9, 2016 at 11:38

    “which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS”…. OR ELSE

    Reply

    • Kromas untamed

      February 9, 2016 at 12:35

      Yeah I wanna see Intel tell Asus (The biggest seller in Europe) or Dell (Biggest seller in America) “Or else” 😛

      Or else AMD just got a huge market boost. 🙂

      Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    February 9, 2016 at 11:39

    • VampyreSquirrel

      February 9, 2016 at 12:36

      And your PS4?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 9, 2016 at 12:48

        Zero dreams or aspirations after two years and change. No 1080p. No 60fps. No modding. Still a great little machine though. truly next gen if you compare it to the PS3

        Reply

  4. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    February 9, 2016 at 13:33

    Filed under “Shit PC gamers do”

    Reply

  5. Dane

    February 9, 2016 at 14:08

    No surprise. I mean there is obviously a reason that it was locked in the first place.

    Reply

  6. Deceased

    February 10, 2016 at 07:37

    And I’m just here like:
    But when and where can we pre-order the HTC Vive?! 😐

    ( Also, Team Red FTW!!! )

    Reply

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