Intel Microcode Update to Help Overclocking Cascade Lake CPU’s Released

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Intel has released a new microcode update. The surprising thing is that it’s not related to any of the exploits or vulnerabilities that have been reported on in the last few years. This time around it’s actually to help with overclocking X299 based Core X series CPU’s. One of which, the Intel Core i9 10980XE, our own Dan Dobrowolski recently reviewed and can be seen here. Other CPU’s included for this update are:

  • Core i9 10940x
  • Core i9 10920x
  • Core i9 10900x

This microcode update is specifically designed for voltage-based overclocking. It’ll be interesting to hear what improvements users experience with it. In a way it’s almost like an extra gift from Intel at the end of the year in giving some potentially extra performance.


Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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