Overclocking Diaries: Episode 1 – Core i3 6100


Overclocking Diaries

Hello everyone and welcome to the first episode of overclocking diaries, a series where we will learn overclocking by along with a few adventures of our own. Since today is our first day we will start with something small: Overclocking an Intel i3 locked processor or more specifically an Core i3 6100 with the help of an unlocked Bios.

Before we head deep into our adventure let me take care of some statutory warnings.

  1. Overclocking is a sport, however, Overclocking is definitely not a sport which will go light on the pockets. Even the experienced face losses so do not hold TechARX or any of the authors responsible you face any damage or loss to your hardware while you are on your overclocking pursuit.Or in simpler words, “We ain’t gonna be responsible for the death of millions if your setup sets fire to the atmosphere. ” (Courtesy: Our editor Arnab)
  2. What you are doing is a sport and it should be taken as such. World records and gaining fame should be the secondary objective. Your first job is to “learn” the tricks of the trade and understanding your gear.

Our Setup:

  • Intel Core i3 6100
  • Asus Maximus VIII Ranger courtesy of Asus India
  • Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 2666MHz
  • a CoolerMaster V1000 PSU.
  • And a custom or as I like to call it, a ghetto Liquid Cooling setup consisting of a DDC pump, Swiftech Apogee XT waterblock and Swiftech 360MM Radiator.

The Core i3 parts from Intel are not overclockable out of the box since they have a locked multiplier and BCLK. However with custom bios-es available on the internet, some specific boards from some specific manufacturers the Core i3 and locked parts can be overclocked.

As of now the following ASUS motherboard’s supports overclocking with locked Intel processors.

  • Maximus VIII Ranger
  • Maximus VIII Hero
  • Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
  • Maximus VIII Gene
  • Maximus VIII Formula
  • Maximus VIII Extreme
  • Maximus VIII Impact
  • Z170 Pro Gaming
  • Z170I Pro Gaming
  • Z170-DELUXE
  • Z170-A
  • Z170-E
  • Z170-K
  • Z170-P
  • Z170-P D3
  • Z170M-Plus
  • Z170M-E D3

The board we are playing with today is the ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger with Custom Bios version 0001.

For more information about non-K OC Bios-es and updated bios-es, you can check in this thread made by Elmor (who works as in-house overclocker for ASUS).

Sumon Pathak

Lawyer by day, Overclocker and reviewer by night, and a sniper in weekends.

Sumon Pathak
News Reporter
Lawyer by day, Overclocker and reviewer by night, and a sniper in weekends.
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