Intel Stops Overclocking of Non-K Skylake CPUs with Update
News that is sure to miff overclockers around the globe, Intel has gone ahead and released an update for its Skylake CPUs to stop users from overclocking processors which it believes they shouldn’t. For overclockers searching for an economical way to get a little more juice out of their powerful computing hardware, the skylake generation of processors came as a godsend.
Users with the locked, Non-K skylake processors towards the end of last year, started receiving BIOS updates from ASRock which enabled base clock frequency overclocking. Other motherboard vendors followed with such BIOS updates thus giving users a relatively inexpensive intel processor to overclock.
These Skylake processors that were discovered to be readily overclockable are now having their speeds clocked back down, with Intel shipping a new microcode update for the chips which closes a loophole.
Speaking about this, an Intel spokesperson said,” ”Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS. 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.”
With this, Intel has once again tried to push overclocking enthusiasts to an expensive corner where they have to shell out extra money just to buy unlocked K range processors which are also not covered under warranty for overclocking. Well played, Intel.