Intel has been honing up its software chops over the past year, with the most visible results being on the GPU side. However, Intel hasn't forgotten about utilities for its processors, as witnessed by the new Intel Performance Maximizer.
This is a new app that promises to easily overclock your unlocked Core processor with just a single click without ever once having to worry about navigating your motherboard’s BIOS. Intel describes the app as "hyper-intelligent" and says that it has the ability to analyze the "performance DNA" of each individual processor to determine what settings will be necessary for the optimal overclock. Clock speeds and voltages are handled completely by the app.
While such auto-overclocking capabilities have been available from motherboard manufacturers for quite some time (ASUS AI Overclocking immediately springs to mind), it's interesting to see Intel get into market directly with its own tool. We would also be remiss if we didn't mention that AMD also offers dead-simple CPU overclocking tools with its Ryzen Master software.
And in case you do manage to muck something up with the Performance Maximizer, Intel promotes its [optional] Performance Tuning Protection Plan, which will afford you a one-time return if you manage to cook your processor. Speaking of processors, here are the supported SKUs, which just so happens to be incredibly limited at this time:
- Intel Core i5-9600K
- Intel Core i5-9600KF
- Intel Core i7-9700K
- Intel Core i7-9700KF
- Intel Core i9-9900K
- Intel Core i9-9900KF
Interestingly, although the app is rather simple in nature, it weighs in at a whopping 1.5GB. You can download it by clicking the following link.