ASUS Enables Haswell, Haswell Refresh and Pentium Anniversary Overclocking on Non-Z Motherboards

Usman Pirzada
Posted Jun 19, 2014
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Alright, I will say this once. ASUS is on fire. They are literally taking Capitalistic norms and shoving them you-know-where. They have just allowed full overclocking of Intel’s K Series processors specifically the Haswell, Haswell Refresh and Pentium 20th Anniversary families. Normally you would need a motherboard that supports overclocking such as the Z97 but now, ASUS H97, H87, H81 and B85 Motherboards will do just as well.

ASUS H97, H87, H81 and B85 Motherboards  Now Support Overclocking of Certain ‘K’ Series Unlocked Intel CPUs

You can now very cheaply and at great value reproduce the golden overclocking era by buying a Pentium Anniversary CPU and coupling it with a supported ASUS non-Z motherboard. Ofcourse this capability comes from an unlocked UEFI BIOS which you will need to download if you already have said motherboard. So make sure you download the correct version that corresponds to your ASUS Motherboards. Also those of you who are on a budget, now would be a good idea to buy a Devil’s Canyon and couple it with a non-z ASUS mobo. Ofcourse you will only get access to the multiplier ratio but that should suffice for a 100 – 200 Mhz above the stock turbo boost.

However as always, there is a catch. For one thing, ASUS says that it does not guarantee that the “Haswell Refresh K’ Series will be overclockable on ASUS H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards and that “ASUS does not guarantee that Intel new Pentium processor and Core K Series (‘Haswell’ and ‘Haswell Refresh’) processors will be overclockable on ASUS H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards in the event that Intel issues software and firmware updates that result in function changes”. Now this has very interesting implications. Intel has so far turned a blind eye to ASUS’ robin hood antics but in the event Blue decides this is going too far, ASUS wants to make sure you know the implications.

These bifurcations of Motherboards that are decided by Intel exist so that motherboards, which have otherwise very little difference are differentiated enough to justify different prices (ASUS forgot to take Econ 101 “product-differentiation of homogeneous products”) aka Intel increasing profit margins. Ofcourse, this is something that is nearly compulsory in a capitalist economy but my inner-child can’t help but cheer for ASUS’s digressions.

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