Intel Performance Maximizer Overclock Tool Review

Intel’s Performance Maximizer tool is out, which simplifies the overclocking process for K-series, 9th generation Core processors with unlocked multiplier.

True to its name, Intel Performance Maximizer aims to increase the operating frequency of unlocked processors without requiring any user intervention.

You can reach the download page of the tool by going to Intel’s site and clicking Download Now. Then download the version suitable for your processor model.

Processors compatible with the new tool:

  • Intel Core i9-9900K
  • Intel Core i9-9900KF
  • Intel Core i7-9700K
  • Intel Core i7-9700KF
  • Intel Core i5-9600K
  • Intel Core i5-9600KF

After downloading the tool, which is 1.5 GB in size, you can extract the ZIP file to the folder and start the installation. At the end of the installation, you will be asked to restart your computer, confirm.

The software prompts you to accept the agreement on first run. Let us state that your processor’s warranty is void in case of any damage. However, by purchasing a protection plan, you can have your processor damaged during OC replaced.

After the contract, Intel wants to create 16GB of space on one of your internal disks. This will mostly be your C drive, whose capacity has been reduced by 16GB. It’s frustrating if you’re using a low-capacity SSD.

Before the process begins, Intel warns you about three things:

  • If you have changed the BIOS settings,
  • If you have the automatic overclocking feature turned on,
  • If you used another overclocking tool,

the tests may fail or you may not be able to reach the full performance of your processor. Only XMP was turned on in our system. If everything is ok, you can restart your computer and start overclocking tests. This process takes about an hour. Meanwhile, the software checks whether it works stable by applying different voltage values ​​to the processor.

The processor is a bit of luck. In this context, it is not possible to overclock every processor in the same way. We can say that the situation in our processor was a complete fiasco. Intel was able to increase the frequency from 4.7 GHz by only 100 MHz to 4800 MHz. Of course, your situation may be different, it’s worth a try.

So how much of a performance increase does this give us?

9900K Stock Intel Performance Maximizer Difference
Cinebench R20 4567 4929 7.6%
CPU-Z Multi-Core 5398.3 5520.5 2.2%
CPU-Z Single Core 541.8 529.7 2.2%
V-Rail 14135 14909 5.3%

We can overclock the processor to 5 GHz with the only setting in the BIOS. Although Intel’s tool works in slightly safer waters, if you don’t want to wait for 1 hour, you can use the automatic OC feature in most BIOSes.

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