ASRock and ECS Announce Overclocking on H87, B85 Mobos

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.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • andystanley
  • slomo4sho
    This has been long overdue :)
  • outlw6669
    Great news!
  • __-_-_-__
    s**k it intel!
  • Larry Bob
    So what's the point of Z87 over H87 now?
  • redline92
    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.
  • MEC-777
    This is a game changer. I've now swapped the 4570 on my build list to a 4670k. Thank you ASRock!!!!!! :D