ASUS Plans to Install Specialized LGA 1151 O.C. Sockets on Z170 Motherboards

ASUS Plans to Install Specialized LGA 1151 O.C. Sockets on Z170 Motherboards

Special overclock-designated sockets will be installed by ASUS on its Z170 performance motherboards to enhance the overclocking ability of the upcoming Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K “Skylake-S” CPUs.

Changing the default LGA1151 default 1151 pins, hence the name, ASUS will develop a different socket with a higher amount of pins to improve the power delivery to Intel's new CPUs. Although called Z170 Deluxe Socket, it's only funny to see that it has a modified LGA 1151 socket that is, in fact, an LGA 1234, or whatever, socket. It's good for overclockers, nevertheless, but very confusing marketing-wise.

The more advanced "deluxe socket" will noticeably improve overclocking potential of Intel's microprocessors and, as we mentioned earlier, will surely have the "Skylake-T" model benefit as well from the new increased number of pins. However, the socket will not be compliant with Intel's specification for commercial LGA1151 sockets since it modifies pins that Intel uses only for diagnostic and other purposes.
Old technique, but welcomed as ever

The move from ASUS apparently isn't entirely new since it has installed O.C.-friendly sockets on X99 motherboards as well for boosting Intel Core i7 "X" edition CPUs. The extra pin technology has also been included by Gigabyte Technology, called LGA2011-3, which aims to improve overclocking abilities of microprocessors. We must give credits to Gigabyte for at least naming the extra-pinned socket for what it is.

Benchlife mentions that the first ASUS motherboards that will use LGA1151 "deluxe sockets" will be Asus Z170-K, Z170-Deluxe, Z170-AR, Z170-A, Z170 Pro Gaming, ROG Maximus VIII Ranger, ROG Maximus VIII Hero and ROG Maximus VIII Gene.

It seems, that the entire Skylake platform with its afferent chipset will have impressive overclocking abilities at launch with both "K" and "T" models offering different degrees of overclockability. It's impressive how Intel aims to turn its "Skylakes" into a long-term on which clients could count on for the next three years. Since Intel announced that would stick to the 14nm process manufacturing until 2018 we'll get to see at least three models come out for the "Skylake" generation of 14nm CPUs.

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