Intel is butthurt over Skylake non-k overclocks

I'm new to the community, long time lurker first time poster. Figured I would share this article.


In other words, it's time to start hoarding BIOSes?* I can see it now, it'd be a regular ol' BIOS black market.

*What is the plural of BIOS? BIOI? BIOSes?


I think that everybody saw this one coming. I mean of course Intel was going to stop people from doing things with parts which you can normally only do with more expensive parts. Otherwise it might even cost them revenue and more importantly, profit! Imagine parts which hit above there thoroughly engineered price bracket, the horror!

BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System, so that would make the plural Basic Input/Output Systems. But that would make the abbreviation BIOSs, luckily we can use apostrophes when dealing with awkward plurals so that results in BIOS's. Although that looks like were talking about something which belongs to the BIOS... I'm no native speaker so maybe i'm wrong.

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Bioses being on a 'black market' will certainly be a thing, it can't be stopped. If this rumor is true. Intel, you're too late.


"Hey, want some warez? I can give you a good deal"
"What do you have?"
"ASRock Z170 Extreme4 2.40 BIOS"
"Oh damn"


cats out of the bag, and people who buy non k parts for ocing will just use 3rd party bioses.

this is bad pr for intel, since very few people would buy non ks for ocing even with this knowledge.


Am I the only one that totally isn't butthurt about intel doing this? I mean its not supposed to be a feature of those chips and intel has every right to make sure that people aren't overclocking skews that intel did not sell on the agreement that they could be overclocked.

Sure part of it can be seen as them trying to keep their profit structure but it probably comes down to keeping issues down. I agree its highly unlikely that issues resulting from overclocking non K parts will ever put a mark on the consumer market. However stopping it on a large scale means Intel wont ever have to deal with the much bigger PR nightmare created by ignorant people.

Some might call me dumb, or stupid, but I wouldn't care so much about having locked and unlocked parts, if it wasn't for that their unlocked parts are generally the best and most expensive.

I guess it kind of makes sense, because the reasoning could be that those who invest in higher end parts won't upgrade for longer... But I would like to see the numbers behind which SKUs sell the most.

and this is why we need amd. if intel will do this shit with amd weak, think of how bad it'll be if amd goes belly up.

highly unlikely there are many that are friend unless if they were doing it on purpose, with that said, more k parts would be fried as strap overclocking has more limitations thus you can't push the oc as hard.

I figured that's why you thought that way... chips being cherrypicked just makes them more tolerant of higher speeds not necessarily tolerant of more voltage, they'll both fry from roughly the same voltage of 1.6 (after a few months)

The Z series boards carry a premium due to the chip-set pricing and so you have to pay a fair bit to get a decent board and the cost savings overall are very small for going from the I5 6600k to the absoloute cheapest intel quadcore, and even then there is no guarantee about overclocking, I don't know how well they overclock, it may be a complete non-issue, but the risk is still there, and there are alot of sacrifices in functionality to enable the OC (loss of variable clock rates, certain extension sets, the IGP, as well as potential stability issues).

So when you look into it, there just is not that much of a cost savings there, particularly considering what you loose, what I am more pissed about is this means the new non-z series asrock boards that support OCing non-K parts have been cancelled, and this is where I expected to see the cost differential start to make sense to the point where people would do it.

And this sort of thing I think is bad for the industry, Asrock is trying to innovate and add value to their products, in this case it is perhaps cheating the standard, but in the future it could have been ways to hack in extra functionality to the chipsets, like splitting PCIE lanes, it reminds me of the board partners that added functionality to unlock the extra AMD cores at the users risk. And this I think is good, competition is good, and at the end of the day AMD still sold plenty of quad-cores, because only a small number of enthusiasts will actually go through all these hoops.

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What if this was all a ploy to get people to buy more intel boards O_o?