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Asus Also Announces Non-Z Overclocking on 8-Series Mobos

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Asus joins ASRock, Biostar, ECS and Gigabyte with Haswell CPU overclocking on non-Z 8-Series motherboards.

Previously, a number of manufacturers announced the option to overclock K-series Haswell CPUs on non-Z series motherboards, and now Asus has joined in as well.

In the past, typically there were two requirements for overclocking CPUs with the use of a multiplier. You'd need a Z-series chipset on your motherboard as well as a K-series CPU. Now though, it appears that a bug in the 8-series chipsets allows users to overclock Intel Haswell K-series CPUs on non-Z series motherboards, allowing for overclocking on budget motherboards. A K-series CPU is still required though, as non-K series CPUs have an upwards locked frequency multiplier.

Of course, to make use of the feature you need a BIOS update, which can be found on Asus' website. Motherboards that support the feature include the H87-PRO, H87-PLUS, H87M-PRO, H87M-PLUS, H87M-E, H87I-PLUS, B85-PRO, B85-PLUS, B85M-E and B85M-G.

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    slomo4sho , July 16, 2013 10:33 AM
    Nothing groundbreaking here... Monkey see, monkey do...
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    vinhn , July 16, 2013 10:39 AM
    Cool, great for people looking for marginal OC with budget.
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    Thanatos Telos , July 16, 2013 10:48 AM
    In other news: Intel CEO Paul Otellini has just killed the CEOs of Asrock, Biostar, Asus, Gigabyte, and ECS for "exploiting him and butchering his annual income."
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    __-_-_-__ , July 16, 2013 1:55 PM
    in other news, cpu price increase to compensate low revenue in other "areas"
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    kid-mid , July 16, 2013 2:17 PM
    mass confusion going on here with these changes.
    is this a way mobo manufacturers are getting back at Intel because they are progressing
    (future reference) to an everything on-chip platform limiting the mobos from having a full set of features like in older boards.
    so just let almost every board starting now 'open-up'..?

    sorry guys but the future the SOC and ARM is growing and that's bad news for desktop enthusiast..
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    Someone Somewhere , July 17, 2013 5:12 AM
    I wonder if Intel is going to fix this in the next chipset stepping. Hope not.
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    robotsneedhugs2 , July 19, 2013 7:20 AM
    I read somewhere that H-series mobos couldn't handle OC'ing. Was that guy crazy or not?

    Also, is this worth paying the extra $40 or so for a K-series CPU?