Intel has released a new automatic overclocking tool that could even be worth using, provided it meets the stringent requirements to do so.
Historically, the automatic overclocking options offered by manufacturers have never been worth using, in my opinion. These types of solutions typically offer little or no practical clocking validation, often running a handful of arithmetic stress tests after slamming each adjustable voltage on the processor to its maximum security value.
If you overclave your bragging rights and only care about keeping a stable machine long enough to run a test or two, extended stability validation is not necessary. If you really want to use the system and get useful results, you will need to do a stress test to make sure nothing gets stuck. Intel Performance Maximizer is designed to do some of this tuning.
The IPM is compatible with the following processors:
- Core i5-9600K
- Core i5-9600KF
- Core i7-9700K
- Core i7-9700KF
- Core i9-9900K
- Core i9-9900KF
You'll also need a Z390 motherboard, at least 8GB of RAM, at least 16GB of free space on your drive, and Windows 1809 or later. In addition, processor overclocking must be enabled in UEFI, as well as all processor cores, Hyper-Threading (if supported), Turbo Boost 2.0, Intel SpeedStep Enhanced, and Intel WatchDog Timer. The startup mode must be set to UEFI.
Once installed, the IPM creates a separate partition for itself and runs from it. You are prompted to purchase an Intel Performance Tuning Protection Plan (Intel will extend the processor replacement warranty for catastrophic overclocking for $ 19.99).
according to PC Perspective, the IPM performed remarkably well, pushing its processor up to 4.9 GHz @ 1296v. Previous tests have shown that the core of the processor could reach 5GHz 100% at 1.35V, but this type of aggressive voltage and the sharp increase needed to reach the 4.9 GHz core prove that the processor has already exceeded the ideal voltage point deposit.
The only additional performance that was taken away was to enable XMP and set DDR4-3200 performance specifications. The IPM module of Intel does not try at all to change the clock of the RAM. Therefore, if you want to take advantage of these improvements, you must do it separately. Once IPM is installed, it will overwrite any modified settings in UEFI in favor of its own overclock settings. If you want to remove the overclock or try it manually, you have to uninstall IPM.
This kind of simple one-click tool will not suit everyone and Intel has limited its use to a limited number of enthusiasts to prevent users from blowing up their platforms. But we like the fact that it would take some time for the IPM to complete the CPU stress test. because all too often, these parameters are composed aggressively and with very few tests. It will take a while before knowing if it results in fully stable results: good automatic overclockers are accurate because they usually do not sufficiently solicit the system to be sure that they have eliminated every last point of potential crash. extra margin in the kernel instead.
If you have a Core i9 and want to see if there is a little extra room in the core – and you do not accept the risk of overclocking that results, the IPM module is perhaps the most simpler and simpler. overclocking to let you do it again. As to whether you should buy a processor protection plan … it depends on your degree of aggression. I've never seen a processor die from a moderate overclocking, but if you want to start melting the high voltage in the core or pushing the cooling limits, a $ 19 warranty replacement option on a chip of $ 400 to $ 500 may not be a bad thing. call
The IPM file from Intel can be downloaded right here.