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Intel releases update to disable Skylake non-K CPU overclocking

Late last year, several motherboard manufacturers including ASRock released updates to their boards that allowed users to overclock locked Intel 'Skylake' CPUs. This meant that some of Intel's lower-priced SKUs suddenly became great value, as overclocking them delivered performance in…

Watch/Replay Intel's CES 2016 keynote highlights

Intel is widely known as the very successful manufacturer of PC processors and of a variety of chipsets, network interface controllers, flash memory and more. But as PC's growth stalled, the company has been steadily working its way into the…

TechSpot's top reviews and long-form features of 2015

It's been an exciting and eventful year in tech, and we've kept busy as new products unfolded. In a record year for TechSpot we published 172 longer form articles, between reviews, guides and tech-related features. Here are the 10 most…

MSI launches CPU Guard bracket to stop Skylake CPUs from bending

Intel's Skylake CPUs are built on a thinner substrate than past processors, and although the company claims their new chips are rated for the same maximum load as before, reports have surfaced suggesting that some third-party coolers are bending Skylake…

Exclusive: BCLK overclocking non-K Intel Skylake CPUs is now possible, tested here

In overclocking circles it was recently noted that BCLK (base clock) overclocking might become a possibility in Skylake processors, but it would be up to motherboard manufacturers to circumvent Intel's restrictions. Last night Asrock contacted us with an updated BIOS that enabled this. We jumped at the opportunity and have already tested and benched a Core i3-6100 Skylake CPU with a 1GHz overclock (4.7GHz) on air cooling.

Enthusiast Territory: The most memorable overclocking-friendly CPUs

#ThrowBackThursday Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. Early overclocking endeavors involved soldering and replacing crystal clock oscillators, but evolving standards brought options for changing system bus speeds, while some of the most daring would gain boosts through hard modding. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.