Remember the name "Pentium"? The flagship brand from Intel was synonymous with computer processors for a number of years. While the Core architecture has long since replaced it, the Pentium name still rears its head from time to time. Unfortunately that's only been in the budget side of Intel's line of CPUs. Today's release isn't exclusively about the Pentium name though; it's about what ASUS has been able to do with that name on its latest generation of motherboards.
ASUS announced that its H97, H87, B85, and H81 series motherboards are able to overclock the latest Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition processor (G3258), along with the 4th-generation Intel Core K Series (Haswell), and new 4th-generation Intel Core K Series (Haswell Refresh) processors. Utilizing the ASUS UEFI BIOS found on these motherboards, you'll be able to automatically detect the overclocking capabilities of your chosen CPU. The BIOS will then open up access to the tools you need to push that CPU to the limit.
Check out the press release below for more info. It even includes the myriad of warnings that comes with overclocking. You didn't care about those though, did you? Crank those clocks!
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ASUS Unlocks Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition Processor Overclocking
-- Latest H97, H87, B85 and H81 Series boards now offer the ability to overclock the new Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition processor and latest Core K Series processors --
Fremont, CA (June 17, 2014) - 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, delivering both great value and superb performance.
The overclocking features 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-oriented users are now able to exploit the overclocking power of the latest 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.
Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Please visit - http://www.asus.com - for further information.
- Users should refer to the relevant ASUS motherboard support page for updated UEFI versions that offer overclock support of 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 and Intel Pentium™ Anniversary Edition processor (G3258.
- 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. Please check the appropriate motherboard support page for further information upon release of additional Haswell Refresh processors.
- 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.
- 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/or firmware updates that result in functional changes.
- Overclocking may affect a system's stability, or even cause damage to the components and devices. Overclocking is conducted at the user’s own risk and expense. ASUS is not responsible for damages caused because of overclocking.
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.