With the right cooling installed, most unlocked processors can be safely overclocked to some degree. But overclocking always comes with a risk you’ll damage the chip, so Intel decided to remove the guesswork and produced a tool that does the overclocking for you.
As PC Gamer reports, Intel just launched a new overclocking tool called the Intel Performance Maximizer (IPM). Once installed, it examines your processor and determines its “individual performance DNA.” I believe that’s marketing speak for figuring out how much of an overclock your chip can withstand without becoming unreliable. The pre-determined and safe overclock can then by triggered with a mouse click.
IPM is currently limited to half a dozen 9th-gen Core processors, with those chips being:
- Core i9-9900KF
- Core i9-9900K
- Core i7-9700KF
- Core i7-9700K
- Core i5-9600KF
- Core i5-9600K
It’s unclear if Intel intends to increase the number of processors IPM works with, but we hope this becomes a standard tool offered for all unlocked Core chips, be that the forthcoming 10th-gen parts or older 8th and 7th-gen chips. It’s worth noting that the Core i9 processors listed above have their own version of IPM which is different to the one used for the Core i7 and i5 chips for some reason.
The new tool is free to download and use with supporting chips, but Intel is also viewing its release as an opportunity to remind us it sells a Performance Tuning Protection Plan. By paying Intel $19.99, your processor is covered if for any reason a catastrophic failure happens to your overclocked chip. Surely that shouldn’t ever happen using IPM’s safe method of overclocking though, right?