Intel's APO performance-tuning function for video games is now readily available however restricted to 14th Gen CPUs in spite of sharing the very same architecture with 12th & 13th Gen chips.
Intel Doesn't Want 12th & 13th Gen CPU Owners To Benefit From Game-Boosting APO Feature Despite Sharing The Same Architecture As 14th Gen
Intel just recently launched a brand-new efficiency tuning function for video games called APO or Application Performance Optimization which provides some excellent double-digit gains. The supported titles are a bit doing not have with just Metro Exodus and Rainbow Six Siege benefiting from APO however Intel is working to increase the list of video games by dealing with designers and enhancing the efficiency for their CPUs.
In screening done by HardwareUnboxed, it appears like what Intel has actually done is essentially enhance the E-Cores in a manner that they are used better in video games. The E-cores can be seen performing at greater clock speeds with APO allowed than with APO handicapped and more E-cores are utilized to include additional efficiency in video games. The primary problem with the APO function is that it is just restricted to 14th Gen CPUs, and that too among a particular list of SKUs.
It's a brand-new innovation that just works with brand-new processors, does not sound too bad? Incorrect, this is where the issue in fact lies. You see, Intel's 14th Gen CPUs are based upon the exact same Uarch (architecture) as the 13th Gen CPUs which themselves are a small modification of the 12th Gen CPUs. All 3 hybrid CPU households are really comparable to one another so there must be no factor for Intel to not use APO assistance on older 12th (Alder Lake) and 13th Gen (Raptor Lake) CPUs.
Also, the efficiency optimizations mainly begin the E-core side which have not been altered throughout the 3 generations. All Intel 12th, 13th, and 14th Gen CPUs share the exact same Gracemotn E-core architecture. Even if the P-Cores on 12th and 13th/14th Gen CPUs are various (Golden Cove/ Raptor Cove), the E-Core optimizations ought to be provided throughout the whole older SKU vary. It is likewise appearing like Intel will just provide the APO optimizations restricted to a specific series of 14th Gen SKUs with the upcoming Non-K lineup perhaps not getting any assistance.
- Intel 12th Gen E-Core Architecture: Gracemont
- Intel 13th Gen E-Core Architecture: Gracemont
- Intel 14th Gen E-Core Architecture: Gracemont
Intel's action to HBU is really frustrating:
Intel has no strategies to support previous generation items with Application Optimization
The Intel APO innovation is supported on a variety of Intel 600 and 700-series motherboards when upgraded with the current Management Engine & BIOS (DTT assistance) BIOS firmware though we have actually currently attempted running 12th Gen and 13th Gen CPUs with APO and it just does not work. The APO function just deals with 14th Gen CPUs.
Installed it previously together with the brand-new DTT & ME firmware. No 12/13th Gen CPU assistance for APO.
pic.twitter.com/pYftqrNxby-- Hassan Mujtaba(@hms1193)November 12, 2023 This is absolutely a brand-new low from Intel for the customer section where they have actually been
removing functions from customers. We do not wish to go all the method back from the start when this began occurring as it returns to the Sandy Bridge days however let's begin with 12th Gen CPUs. Intel has actually up until now obstructed AVX-512 assistance from its consumer/client chips, a sector where AMD Ryzen CPUs are now exceeding them throughout all SKUs. AMD did it in a lot more effective manner in which does not turn their chips into an area heating unit. AVX-512 assistance was currently present in 12th & 13th Gen CPUs however the business disabled it throughout all brand-new batches of CPUs. There were workarounds used by motherboard makers and hacks established by lovers to prevent the assistance however it's simply among the numerous non-consumer-friendly actions that Intel has actually taken in the past. We need to likewise make an unique reference of the Non-K BCLK OC function that regardless of being provided in different motherboards has actually been obstructed with Intel dropping the hammer on its board partners to stop the execution of such functions in the current BIOS releases. Plus, they likewise go their own method to limit non-K OC through firmware spots. When once again, AMD permits OC assistance throughout all their SKUs, X or Non-X. Intel has actually lost an excellent portion of its x86 market to AMD's Ryzen CPUs in the desktop sector. While the current hybrid generation has actually seen a favorable action from the DIY sector, such relocations will eventually mark a damage and include AMD to take a lot more share from the blue group. We hope that Intel can make more consumer-friendly choices in the future.