Prior to ASRock working their wizardry, Intel’s latest microcode update that was sent out to motherboard manufacturers removed a loophole that enabled users to overclock their otherwise locked non-K Intel Skylake CPUs.
ASRock now appear to have a solution, however, having somehow re-enabled base overclocking for non-K Skylake CPUs with two of their newer motherboards.
ASRock’s method of re-enabling base overclocking involves an external clock generator, which circumvents the update that disabled overclocking.
The generator allows users to increase a non-K Skylake CPU’s clock speed in 0.0625 MHz increments.
The two ASRock motherboards that offer this new functionality are the Fatal1ty H170 Performance/Hyper and the Fatal1ty B150 Gaming K4/Hyper.
This feature isn’t specifically being advertised by ASRock as they’re likely doing all they can to mitigate a backlash from Intel.
More information on these motherboards and the actual method of overclocking should surface relatively soon.