bit-tech.net

Asus to unlock overclocking on non Z-series motherboards

Asus to unlock overclocking on non Z-series motherboards

The move to unlock overclocking is likely driven by the release of the Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU, a low cost processor that has an unlocked multiplier.

Asus is unlocking the ability to overclock CPUs on non Z-series motherboards through the release of an updated BIOS.

The new UEFI BIOS releases for the H87, H97, B85 and H81 motherboards will enable support for overclocking with supported processors.

Asus states that it cannot guarantee all processors attached to the boards will allow for overclocking, but it did name check K-series Haswell and Haswell Refresh processors as well as the Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU as being compatible.

Activating overclocking features on the boards requires users to update to the most recent version of the BIOS and then insert one of the supported CPUs into the socket. This will automatically enable overclocking options in the BIOS screen through adjusting the multiplier in the settings.

The new BIOS is likely in response to the launch of the aforementioned Anniversary Edition Pentium chip. This CPU, compatible with 8-series and 9-series motherboards, features an unlocked multiplier and sells for around the $80 mark (and we're working on a review of it right now).

Due to the low price of the CPU, its usefulness would be more limited if it could only be utilised in more expensive Z-series boards. Industry commentators suggest that Asus may have collaborated with Intel to unlock overclocking on other cheaper boards to give the chip a wider potential market.

There is precedent for Asus issuing BIOS updates like this and it has unlocked overclocking features on lower-end motherboards in the past, and ASRock too has done the same with its Non-Z OC feature.

Earlier this year, Asus revealed its Z97 motherboards ahead of the release of Intel’s 9-series chipse, which launched in May.

6 Comments

Discuss in the forums Reply
Impatience 18th June 2014, 12:48 Quote
Now THIS is interesting news.. If the review for the Pentium is good, i'll start suggesting that with an Asus mobo & a 750Ti for all my console friends that are interested in PC gaming! It could work out quite cheap, too! Considering the MX100's low price for a SSD...
SchizoFrog 18th June 2014, 13:48 Quote
It's a nice idea but components and the power circuitry on their Z97 boards are specifically designed for overclocking, so I am a little apprehensive just how much performance is going to be accessible on the non-Z97 boards.
Still, the more they offer the better. It may even help to bring the prices down of Z97 even further as overclocking may not be such a stand out feature any more. Only reviews will have the answers.
In all honesty though I think I will still be going for the new ITX Impact VII.
Harlequin 18th June 2014, 13:58 Quote
Quote:
ASUS does not guarantee that Intel new Pentium processor and Core K Series ('Haswell' and 'Haswell Refresh') processors will be overclockable on ASUS H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards in the event that Intel issues software and firmware updates that result in function changes.

^^ quote from asus
flibblesan 18th June 2014, 19:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
It's a nice idea but components and the power circuitry on their Z97 boards are specifically designed for overclocking, so I am a little apprehensive just how much performance is going to be accessible on the non-Z97 boards.

I doubt that it is specifically designed for overclocking over other boards. Just marketing.
ffjason 18th June 2014, 19:47 Quote
Don't get too excited.

I imagine that this will only do Multiplier Overclocking which means the Base Clock will be Automatically controlled (i.e. it will fluctuate) - from my experience this means Instability!

Personally I do not welcome this change! I couldn't imagine anything worse than trying to overclock on a motherboard with insufficient power circuitry and no VRM cooling.
flibblesan 19th June 2014, 01:35 Quote
Should be ok on the H87M-Plus I have but then again I don't have the Pentium chip and I don't really need to go overclocking my i5.
Log in

You are not logged in, please login with your forum account below. If you don't already have an account please register to start contributing.



Discuss in the forums