Non K-edition baseclock overclocking fiasco: Is it good or bad for Intel? (

A lot has been written about the non-K overclocking capabilities of the Skylake processor architecture. In a blog post at, Antony Leather shares his views on this fiasco.

Anthony brings up an interesting point in comparing the Core i7 5820K and Core i7 6700K current market price, stating that the Skylake quad-core sold particularly bad in the first couple of weeks after its launch making the Core i7 5820K an interesting choice. Furthermore, he states that the unlocking of non-K processors could've been [...] a backup plan if things took a nosedive - offer a carrot on a stick to enthusiasts willing to take the risk and upgrade to LGA1151 using a non-K edition CPU."

"At this point, nearly five months after the launch of Skylake, I'd argue that K-series sales have levelled off, plus they were never going to be sky-high anyway, seeing as you're not just dealing with a new socket, but the move from DDR3 to DDR4 too. Windows 10 was launched way back in the summer as well, so there's not much else to spur-on upgrades. Introducing some fun, budget overclocking could give Skylake uptake a shot in the arm when it needs it most and without damaging sales of more expensive CPUs too much - in fact, in the long term, it could see more LGA1151 sales, as owners of older socket motherboards take the chance and upgrade."

What is your opinion on the minor price difference between the X99 Core i7 5820K and Z170 Core i7 6700K? If you had to upgrade, which platform would be your choice?

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