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ASRock and ECS Announce Overclocking on H87, B85 Mobos

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ASRock and ECS have announced overclocking capabilities on select H87 and B85 motherboards, something that was previously thought impossible for Non-Z series motherboards.

While it was quite a while ago that we discovered that overclocking K-series CPUs might be possible on certain H87 motherboards, it wasn't until recently that two manufacturers have officially announced the possibility.

Both ASRock and ECS have officially announced overclocking features for select H87 and B85 motherboards, while ECS also added H81 motherboards to the list.

Previously, whenever users wanted to overclock their CPUs, they would need a combination of both a K-series CPU from Intel, as well as a motherboard with a Z-series chipset. Without the two in play, overclocking through adjusting the multiplier just wasn't possible. Now though, it appears that the latter of these two requirements is no longer... required. Users will still need K-series CPUs though, as non-K series CPUs have upwards-locked frequency multipliers.

Neither ASRock nor ECS has given us a complete list of H87, B85, or H81 motherboards with support for the feature, though we do know that ASRock's Fatal1ty H87 supports the "Non-Z OC," as ECS' H87H3-M4, B85H3-M4, and H81H3-A3 motherboards support the "CPU OC" feature.

Are you kidding!? Non-Z OC lets you overclock with H87, B85 motherboards

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    andystanley , July 9, 2013 11:09 AM
    Sick...............
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    slomo4sho , July 9, 2013 11:28 AM
    This has been long overdue :) 
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    outlw6669 , July 9, 2013 11:48 AM
    Great news!
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    __-_-_-__ , July 9, 2013 1:50 PM
    s**k it intel!
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    Larry Bob , July 9, 2013 2:52 PM
    So what's the point of Z87 over H87 now?
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    redline92 , July 9, 2013 3:59 PM
    I know i was wondering why no one talks about its like that video title "are you kidding".I hope you guys get your hands on it and test it cause i already made up my mind going to upgrade haswell this month 4670k/asrock b85 pro4 and 4gb geil value plus 1333 very cheap lol.If i can get it to 4.4-4.5 on b85 its like a win against intel agreesion towards customers they locked their cpus and boards at least 1 of them we can get cheaper now. :)  Asrock ftw since i dont have ECS in my country ever..i would have liked too see their lineup and boards reviews.
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    MEC-777 , July 9, 2013 8:46 PM
    This is a game changer. I've now swapped the 4570 on my build list to a 4670k. Thank you ASRock!!!!!! :D