Intel Core i9-9900K achieves 5.5GHz

On ASRock Z170M OC Formula motherboard

As you might know, Intel’s 8th and 9th generation processors are supposed to be incompatible with Intel’s 100- and 200-series chipset based motherboards. This incompatibility is just artificial and with the right BIOS you can run an Intel Core i7-8700K on an ancient Z170 motherboard.

In a video the Finnish overclocker "Luumi" demonstrated that you can use a Core i9-9900K processor on an ASRock Z170M OC Formula motherboard. The overclocker managed to push his CPU to 5.50GHz running Cinebench and Prime95. The test shows that the system is pretty solid and stable at the same time. According to Intel, the 300-series chipset allow for an optimized VRM design compared to the previous motherboards.

To a certain extent it also sounds like an excuse to sell more chipsets and ultimately more motherboards, since the new Chips have artificially been locked down to not work with the older platforms due to a special micro code in the chip. At the end of the day we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that all the new chips work perfectly fine in combination with the previous generation motherboards.

News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Marc Büchel - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini

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