Ever since Intel announced a BIOS update that will disable all forms of non-K Skylake processor overclocking last month, motherboard manufacturers have had no choice but to play along and disable the feature on their products. Surprisingly, despite Intel’s orders that resulted in the removal of SKY OC, ASRock has revealed another way for its motherboards to have non-K Skylake overclocking abilities.
This clever workaround is possible by using a separate external clock-generator chips, which bypasses Intel’s built-in clock-generator inside its CPUs. Interestingly, ASRock’s modification is – in a way – better compared to SKY OC. Now, with this feature, overclockers are able to fine-tune the base clock frequency of a particular processor in smaller increments of 0.0625MHz; the same goes for the memory clock as well.
In light of this announcement, ASRock has released two new motherboards: the Fatal1ty H170 Performance Hyper and Fatal1ty B150 Gaming K4 Hyper. Both gaming motherboards are almost identical in design, the only difference being the chipset used. Unfortunately, ASRock has not shared the availability and price for either motherboard.
It’s interesting to see how Intel will react to ASRock’s latest move. Overclockers that were left disappointed with Intel’s decision to ban non-K Skylake processor overclocking will want to keep an eye on ASRock’s newest gaming motherboards.