Intel pushes update which eliminates non-K chip overclocking
The days of easy Intel Skylake overclocking are over after a short period when hardware enthusiasts around the world thought they could overclock locked Skylake chips with only increasing the BCLK clock rate. After ASRock recently released BIOS updates, which eliminated the company’s Sky OC technology, now Intel has started pushing a new microcode update that cripples overclocking of non-K Skylake processors. Apparently the US tech giant sees the BCLK overclocking of Skylake processors as a bug, which needs to be fixed.
In an interview with PC World, a company spokesperson stated: “Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS,” an Intel spokesman said. “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.”
The good news is that you will get the new microcode only if and when you update your motherboard BIOS. However, new motherboards and revisions of existing ones will likely get the new update so if you want to try BCLK overclocking of Skylake chips maybe the time to act is now.