ASUS Z170 Non-K Overclocking Guide

In this quick guide I will explain the process of ASUS Z170 Non-K Overclocking. The non-K OC is really easy and can be done within few minutes. Few days ago I published a short article about overclocking non-K CPUs. Depending on the CPU you can increase the clock between 15-70 % without any problems.

Basics

Unlike K-CPUs which can be overclocked using the multiplier, non-K CPUs have to be overclocked using the BCLK. Pre-Skylake CPUs such as Haswell or Devils Canyon could only be overclocked by about 3-5% using the BCLK because the BCLK was still tied to the DMI and the PCIe.

slide-3However, for Skylake CPUs, BCLK and PCIe have a dedicated reference clock which always stays at 100 MHz – no matter how you change the BCLK. In other words: You can push the BCLK without worrying about other components.

The non-K BIOS is skipping some parts of the power-management, so there are few things you have to keep in mind:

  • The missing power-management will not allow to read out any core temperature. However, you can read-out the package temperature with the tool HWInfo (make sure to stay below 70°C package temperature)
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  • No C-States. CPUs will always run full speed and full voltage.
  • No Turbo-Mode.
  • No iGPU.
  • Intel AVX is screwed. Some benchmarks like Intel XTU use AVX and you will have about 4-5 times lower score. As far as I know no game is using AVX so it’s no problem to use this for gaming rigs. Not suitable for professional usage tho.
  • Avoid high memory clocks. Everything around 2600 MHz will be fine.

For 24/7 overclocking and gaming you don’t have to worry about any of these points. Pentium, i3 and i5 CPUs have a low power consumption which results in a low core temperature for 24/7. As long as follow my guide you don’t have to worry about the missing temperature readout.

Compatible CPUs for non-K OC:

CPU NameCoresStock ClockTurbo ClockHyperthreadingL3-CacheTDPAmazon
Pentium G440023300 MHz-No3 MB54 Wlink
Pentium G4400T22900 MHz-No3 MB35 W
Pentium G450023500 MHz-No3 MB51 Wlink
Pentium G4500T23000 MHz-No3 MB35 Wlink
Pentium G452023600 MHz-No3 MB51 Wlink
Core i3-6098P23600 MHzYes3MB54 Wlink
Core i3-610023700 MHz-Yes3 MB51 Wlink
Core i3-6100T23200 MHzYes3 MB35 Wlink
Core i3-630023800 MHz-Yes4 MB51 Wlink
Core i3-6300T23300 MHz-Yes4 MB35 Wlink
Core i3-632023900 MHz-Yes4 MB51 Wlink
Core i5-640042700 MHz3300 MHzNo6 MB65 Wlink
Core i5-6400T42200 MHz2800 MHzNo6 MB35 Wlink
Core i5-6402P42800 MHz3400 MHzNo6 MB65 Wlink
Core i5-650043200 MHz3600 MHzNo6 MB65 Wlink
Core i5-6500T42500 MHz3100 MHzNo6 MB35 Wlink
Core i5-660043500 MHz3900 MHzNo6 MB65 Wlink
Core i5-6600T42700 MHz3500 MHzNo6 MB35 Wlink
Core i7-670043400 MHz4000 MHzYes8 MB65 Wlink
Core i7-6700T42800 MHz3600 MHzYes8 MB35 Wlink

Depending on your budget you should only consider these CPUs:

All of the CPUs should easily reach 4400-4500 MHz and a high multiplier is not needed because you can compensate everything with the BCLK.

ASUS Z170 Non-K Overclocking BIOS

First of all get the correct BIOS for your board. You can find the list of BIOSes in the table below.

After downloading, enter the BIOS and use ASUS EZ Flash 3 Utility to update to the Non-K Version:

 ASUS Z170 Non-K Overclocking BIOSASUS Z170 Non-K Overclocking BIOS

ASUS Non-K Overclocking Motherboards and BIOSes

In the table below you can find the ASUS motherboards that support Non-K overclocking using the BIOSes listed below. For more information on how to overclock the Skylake Non-K CPUs using ASUS motherboards, check out the Detailed ASUS Z170 Non-K OC Guide.
MotherboardBIOS DownloadAmazon
Maximus VIII ExtremeLink
Maximus VIII Ranger
ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger Non-K OC BIOS
8.03 MB | 4252 downloads
Link
Maximus VIII Hero AlphaLink
Maximus VIII Hero
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero Non-K OC BIOS
8.04 MB | 5253 downloads
Link
Maximus VIII Gene
ASUS Maximus VIII Gene Non-K OC BIOS
7.90 MB | 2676 downloads
Link
Maximus VIII Impact
ASUS Maximus VIII Impact Non-K OC BIOS
7.89 MB | 2523 downloads
Link
Z170 Pro Gaming
ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Non-K OC BIOS
6.50 MB | 37101 downloads
Link
Z170I Pro Gaming
ASUS Z170I Pro Gaming Non-K OC BIOS
6.47 MB | 7216 downloads
Link
Z170-Deluxe
ASUS Z170-Deluxe Non-K OC BIOS
8.08 MB | 2201 downloads
Link
Z170M-Plus
ASUS Z170M-Plus Non-K OC BIOS
6.40 MB | 4046 downloads
Link
Z170M-E D3
ASUS Z170M-E D3 Non-K OC BIOS
6.45 MB | 2623 downloads
Link
Z170-A
ASUS Z170-A Non-K OC BIOS
8.00 MB | 11694 downloads
Link
Z170-E
ASUS Z170-E Non-K OC BIOS
8.00 MB | 3036 downloads
Link
Z170-K
ASUS Z170-K Non-K OC BIOS
6.46 MB | 5162 downloads
Link
Z170-P
ASUS Z170-P Non-K OC BIOS
6.46 MB | 12396 downloads
Link
Z170-P D3
ASUS Z170-P D3 Non-K OC BIOS
6.44 MB | 4814 downloads
Link

 

!!!!! UPDATE: !!!!

If you have trouble to flash back to the old BIOS, use this guide:

How To: Flash back to older BIOS on ASUS Z170

 

ASUS Z170 Non-K Overclocking Steps

My setup:

The CPU clock is a result of the BCLK x Multi. E.g. a i3-6100 has a stock clock of 3700 MHz (100×37). For example a BCLK of 120 will result in a core clock of 4440 MHz.

You basically have to change 3 main values to overclock: CPU BCLK, CPU Multi (Ratio) and CPU Core Voltage. While you can always use around 1,325 Volt as CPU Core Voltage, the CPU Multi and BCLK depend on the exact CPU.

Using the ASUS Non-K BIOS, the CPU will always be at the maximum multiplier. This means you only have to change the BCLK, Core Voltage and keep the memory at the correct speed.

CPU NameCPU + Ring MultiBCLK for 4500 MHZ
Pentium G440033137
Core i3-610037122
Core i3-630038119
Core i5-640027167
Core i7-670034133

Make sure you have a sufficient CPU cooler. Don’t try this with the Intel Boxed cooler.

ASUS Z170 Non-K Overclocking Example

BCLK depends on the CPU. Check values in the table above. Example with Pentium G4500T to 4400 MHz.

  • Enter the BIOS
  • Go to Advanced CPU Configuration
  •  – Set Boot Performance Mode to Turbo Performance
  • Go to Advanced CPU Configuration and to the sub-menu CPU Power Management Configuration
  •  – Set Intel(R) SpeedStep(tm) to Disabled
  •  – Set CPU C states to Disabled
  • Go to Extreme Tweaker and to the sub-menu External Digi+ Power Control
  •  – Set CPU Loadline Calibration to Level 7
  • Go back to Extreme Tweaker
  •  – Set Ai Overclock Tuner to XMP
  •  – Change the BCLK Frequency to the value you need (in my case 147)
  •  – Adjust the DRAM Frequency to a value around 2600 MHz
  • Set the CPU Core Voltage Override to 1.325

Depending on the CPU quality you migh also need a little bit more CPU Core Voltage. Up to 1.40 Volt is safe to use with sufficient cooling.

If the setting is working well you can also try to use a higher memory clock.

If you have any kind of questions or problems, don’t hesitate to ask in the forums:

http://overclocking.guide/overclocking-guide-forum/

 

BIOS Screenshots:

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Now boot into windows and test the stability with Prime95 1344K for at least one hour. For a detailed Prime95 Guide check HERE

These settings should work for almost all boards and CPUs. If you have problems just let me know in the comments.

Video Tutorial:

 

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