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Asus H97, H87, B85 and H81 Motherboards Can Now Overclock Intel Unlock Processors

Asus has recently released an announcement informing us that their latest H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards has now the ability to overclock 4th Generation Intel Haswell Core K Series (unlock) processors, including the Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition processor. The announcement didn’t specifically mentioned “Devil’s Canyon” but used the term “Haswell Refresh K Series” which is basically the Devil’s Canyon. Does this mean that Devil’s Canyon is fully supported on the older Z87 Series motherboards and can be overclocked as well? I guess Asus can’t guarantee that as well. Check out Asus’ announcement below, specially the “notes” section.

Asus H97, H87, B85 and H81 can now Overclock processors

ASUS today announced that its H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards are able to overclock the latest Intel® Pentium® Anniversary Edition processor (G3258), 4th-generation Intel Core™ K Series (‘Haswell’) and new 4th-generation Intel Core K Series (‘Haswell Refresh’) processors. The combination of the Pentium Anniversary Edition processor and non-Z chipsets represents the best choice for mainstream overclocking, delving both great value and superb performance.

The overclocking of the Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition processor, 4th-generation and new 4th-generation Intel Core K Series processors have traditionally been limited to Intel Z chipsets. With ASUS H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards, performance enthusiasts are now able to exploit the overclocking power of those processors via the award-winning ASUS UEFI BIOS.

When a compatible Pentium Anniversary Edition processor, 4th-generation or new 4th-generation Intel Core K Series processor is inserted into an ASUS H97, H87, B85 or H81 Series motherboard, the CPU’s overclocking potential will be detected automatically and the related tuning items to adjust the CPU ratio will appear in the UEFI BIOS.

Notes:

  1. Users should refer to the relevant ASUS motherboard support page for correct BIOS version.
  2. The 4th-generation Intel Core K Series (‘Haswell’ and ‘Haswell Refresh’) processors include Core i7 4770K, Core i5 4670K, Core i7-4790K and i5-4690K. ASUS does not guarantee that later-announced Intel CPUs with overclocking features (‘Haswell Refresh K’ Series) will be overclockable on ASUS H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series motherboards.
  3. ASUS H97 Series motherboards are able to overclock only the ‘CPU ratio’ of the new Pentium processor, 4th-generation and new 4th-generation Intel Core K Series (‘Haswell and Haswell Refresh’) processors.
  4. 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.
  5. Overclocking may affect a system’s stability, or even cause damage to the components and devices. Overclocking is always conducted as the user’s own risk and expense. ASUS is not responsible for any damage caused as a result of overclocking.

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Peter Paul
I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

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