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?


Belgium Massman says:

Imho, the X99 is a very attractive platform at the moment. The 5820K is in the same price range like the 6700K and you will be able to upgrade from 6c to 8c to eventually 10c with Broadwell-E.

Australia zeropluszero says:

5820K has two too many cores.

Ukraine johnwaynr says:

The most important thing with current microcode Intel not able to spoil the fun, so i5 6400+ (8-10 phase)z170 board = one love

United States Schmuckley says:

X99 More cores,less hassles.

Canada WhiteWulfe says:

For me, it isn't even a contest between the two - I'd take X99 out of the two any day, and that's not at all because of the fact it's actually cheaper to go that route here in Canada. It's also the fact that there are still too many issues and risks with going subzero (cracked paste, having no choice but to delid to get good performance, thin PCB, etc)

Germany der8auer says:

Schmuckley said: X99
More cores,less hassles.

less cores, less haswells :D

United States Schmuckley says:

der8auer said: Z170
less cores, less haswells :D

More artificial gimping.


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