Now you don?t necessarily need K-Series Haswell CPU along with Z-Series chipset to experience the joy of overclocking.
ECS' motherboards with all Intel 8 Series chipset, including H87, B85, and H81, have the CPU overclocking ability, giving non Z-Series motherboard users an additional benefit of CPU overclocking performance.
ECS has achieved the Non-Z Series CPU overclocking with H87, B85, and H81 motherboards by simply adjusting the CPU Ratio in BIOS setting, offering an easy way of performing CPU overclocking. More importantly, H87, B85, and H81 CPU overclocking ability provides an affordable solution for all different levels of overclockers.
The company has posted online the following CPU-Z screenshots of a Core i7-4770K cranked up to 4.8GHz on H87 and B85 systems. On an H81 system, the CPU only 4.5GHz.
ECS did not provide any additional details, but it will most probably enable the Non-Z feature via BIOS update. What's left to see is whether Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI will come up with similar overclocking features. ASRock
has already found a way to enable CPU overclocking in Intel's H87 and B85 chipsets.
BIOSTAR has also officially announced their complete range of Intel 8 series chipset motherboards, including H87, B85 and H81 have the CPU overclocking ability.