If you are looking to get down to some serious MSI Z170-based Non-K Overclocking, and you feel you could possibly benefit from some advice and general information, look no further my friend. Our buddy der8auer has been generous enough to update his guide for overclocking this specific platform with a comprehensive and exhaustive guide that includes everything from the basics to the actual BIOSes you will need.
Non-K SKU overclocking may look like a very attractive prospect for entry-level overclockers who want to rock it like it’s 2003 and get the additional free performance out of Intel’s more affordable Core i5, i3 and even Pentium class processors, but in truth there are plenty of factors to consider. Der8auer lays it all out for you in his updated guide which has been specifically crafted to address MSI motherboards. Regards the reasoning for the updated guide, the German World No.2 has this to say:
“In December 2015 I already published an overclocking guide for Intel Skylake non-K overclocking, using MSI mainboards. After almost 5 months of non-K overclocking we have some new insights which will make non-K OC safer, easier and better.
For those who are not aware of non-K OC: Depending on the CPU you can increase the clock between 15-70 % without any problems. In this quick guide I will explain how you can OC your non-K CPU on MSI Z170 boards. Several media reported some stuff about microcode updates, Intel blocking non-K OC and all kind of stuff. However, I can confirm that none of that stuff is true. You can still happily overclock your non-K CPU!In addition we found a way to read out the CPU temperature which was an issue before.”
You can catch his updated and comprehensive guide here on Overclocking.Guide.com