Intel’s Application Optimization software now supports older Intel CPUs

Intel’s Application Optimization Software now supports more games and more CPUs

Intel has now updated their Application Optimization (APO) to support 12 new games and older Intel processors. Now, under advanced mode, APO now supports Intel 12th gen and newer processors. Previously, only high-end Intel 14th gen CPUs were supported.

Using Intel’s APO software, Intel can deliver game-specific CPU optimisations to boost game performance. In Metro Exodus, Intel has been able to delver performance gains of up to 18%. Not bad for a mere software change.

Intel’s APO software has been updated to support the following games. Before the software’s latest update, Metro Exodus and Rainbow Six Siege were already supported.

  • Dirt 5
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Dream Three Kingdoms 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • World of Tanks
  • F1 22
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Serious Sam 4 (VLK)
  • Strange |brigade (VLK)
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Metro Exodus
  • World War Z
  • World of Warcraft

Intel’s APO software is now available to download through the Windows Store.

Is Intel Application Optimization basically gaming drivers for CPUs?

In a sense, Intel’s APO technology works in a similar way to GPU drivers. Graphics card manufacturers like AMD, Intel, and Nvidia all release GPU drivers that feature game-specific optimisations. With APO, Intel are giving their CPUs game-specific optimisations that can boost the framerates of supported games.

Intel has showcased that their APO technology can deliver significant performance gains. As Intel updates this software to support more games and CPUs, it could become a major advantage for Intel’s CPU lineup. If APO proves to be successful, it may only be a matter of time before AMD implements a similar features. Perhaps this will be within their Ryzen Master software.

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