ASRock U-Turns on Non-K, Non-Z170 OC Boards

News has surfaced that reveals ASRock has now had a change of heart regarding their forthcoming non-Z170 motherboards. The boards had originally been shown to media supporting their SKY OC technology at CES just a few weeks ago. ASRock planned to have three non-Z170 consumer boards (two H170 plus a B150 board) that would allow multiplier overclocking on locked Skylake Intel processors, similar to what we’ve seen from most other motherboard vendors on Z170 chipset boards.

ASRock branded their Non-K SKU overclocking technology as SKY OC with promises during CES 2016 of Non-K, Non-Z overclocking boards where unlocked multipliers would be available on H170 and B150 based products. However it would appear that ASRock have had a rethink on the issue, essentially backtracking on their original plans.

An ASRock spokesperson responded with this quote:

“ASRock has decided to remove SKY OC technology from these motherboards’ feature lists since it is not compliant with Intel Skylake CPU specifications.”

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South Africa Vivi says:

B150 overclock-able board!! now we are talking :D

Germany der8auer says:

Vivi said: B150 overclock-able board!! now we are talking :D


Looks it's not going to happen :|

Belgium Massman says:

Yeah, looks like the decision was overturned.

TaPaKaH says:

multiplier OC on locked chips? wait what?

Indonesia Lucky_n00b says:

Too bad :( I was waiting for some vendors aside from supermicro to make an affordable B150 for some users to do OC on the i3. Either somebody at Intel is not happy with this 'non-K OC', or the vendors thought that the non-Z OC isn't going to bring much profit to them. Oh well, we can still use Cheap Z170 anyway.

Poland phobosq says:

Cheap *cough, cough* i3 6320 costs me now about the same new 4670k when it came out, not to mention Sandy Bridge.
Anyway, does it mean that "Non-K OC" is now dead?

United States Strong Island says:

phobosq said: Cheap *cough, cough* i3 6320 costs me now about the same new 4670k when it came out, not to mention Sandy Bridge.
Anyway, does it mean that "Non-K OC" is now dead?


alot of guys are competing nicely with 6100 which is a nice price, but I agree 6320 isn't exactly cheap. This has nothing to do with us overclocking non k with z170. This was just asrock releasing lower end chipsets like H170 & B150 with unlocked multipliers for locked multi chips, but now there not. But we can still oc with the beta bios's.

United Kingdom Doug2507 says:

Does that have a knock on effect for esports 2 core stuff as it's all intel sponsored?

Sweden elmor says:

While Intel so far has been quite lenient on the whole non-K OC thing, they're not happy that some companies are actively promoting it as a selling point of their boards. That counts twice when it comes to low end B/H-series chipset.

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