Sadly, we’ll have to end this month’s roundup on a low note.
Late last year, motherboard vendors began shipping custom BIOS builds that let you overclock lower-cost, non-“K”-series Skylake chips, which ostensibly can’t be overclocked at all. You knew it wouldn’t take Intel long to respond, and now, the party’s over.
“Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS,” an Intel spokesman told PCWorld after a recent update. “The latest update provided to partners includes, among other things, code that aligns with the position that we do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so.”
Bummer. On the plus side, if you managed to snag one of those overclocking BIOSes before the iron struck, you should still be able to overclock your non-overclockable Skylake chip to 11—as long as you don’t update your motherboard.