EVGA lets users turn up the BCLK on locked Skylake chips

— 9:24 AM on January 15, 2016

ASRock and MSI already allow owners of their motherboards to overclock Intel's locked Skylake CPUs by adjusting those chips' base clock, or BCLK. EVGA is getting in on that game, too. Owners of the company's Z170 Classified, Z170 FTW, and Z170 Stinger mobos will be able to turn the screws on locked Skylake chips after a BIOS update.

EVGA has posted links to the appropriate firmware for the Classified, Stinger, and FTW boards on its forums, along with update instructions. As with all firmware updates, we'd advise a careful read of EVGA's instructions before carrying out the installation.

While the Core i5-6600K's present $264.99 e-tail price seems to have descended from the stratosphere a bit, the Core i7-6700K is still retailing for a whopping $419.99. Given that situation, it's good to see a path to overclocking more affordable chips on more Z170 motherboards. The lack of a Pentium G3258 equivalent in the Skylake CPU lineup also makes BCLK overclocking a welcome option. It remains to be seen whether Intel will let this trend keep on rolling, but in the meantime, we'll be testing the results of BCLK tuning with some entry-level Skylake chips soon. Stay tuned.

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