Intel does not seem to happy about motherboard manufactures finding a way around their restriction and is said to be releasing a firmware update for their H87/B85 motherboard chipsets. This firmware update would actively block the Non-Z OC feature from various manufacturers.
Like most other motherboard manufactures Biostar has put out a BIOS that enables overclocking on K-Series Haswell processors using their H87, B85 and H81 motherboards. Normally if you would want to overclock your K-Series CPU you would have to buy a Z87 motherboard, but with Biostar motherboards you do not have to!
ASRock was first then they were followed by ECS and now it looks like Gigabyte is joining the bunch by releasing a beta BIOS for its socket LGA1150 motherboards that are based on the H87 and B85 chipsets that will allow overclocking of Intel’s Core Haswell K-Series processors. Normally if you would want to overclock your K-Series CPU you would have to buy a Z87 motherboard, but with Gigabyte’s new beta BIOS you do not have to!
Following ASRock, ECS also has made it possible to overclock your Intel K-Series Haswell processor on H87, B85 and H81 motherboards. Normally if you would want to overclock your K-Series CPU you would have to buy a Z87 motherboard, but with ECS motherboards you do not have to!
There was a rumor in the air that only K-series CPUs and Z-family platform are capable of being over-clocked. The avant-garde company ASRock has broken the restraint with a thrilling new feature called the Non-Z OC. With the help of this feature, overclockers can install their K-series CPUs to ASRocks Fatal 1ty H87 performance or H87 and B85 chipsets motherboards and start off with the over-clocking immediately.
Zotac has announced a new mini-ITX motherboard for Intel 4th Generation Core processors in their H87-ITX WiFi motherboard. Of course as you can guess from the name the H87-ITX WiFi is based on Intel’s H87 Express chipset. ASRock says this board was designed for small form factor users that demand a compact PC without sacrificing performance or features.
Not much is really known about Intel’s upcoming Haswell Z87 chipset, only that it is in development. Today we get quite a lot of information! German website Computer Base has released Intel Confidential slides that show Intel’s desktop board release dates for Z87, H87 and Q87 chipsets. They also have posted a roadmap slide that goes into detail about each board and their features. Read on to see the slides and find out more information about the boards.