Intel has recently announced its plans to extend the much-acclaimed Application Performance Optimization (APO) technology to its 12th and 13th Generation Desktop CPUs, promising substantial game-boosting optimizations for users.
Previously exclusive to certain 14th Gen CPUs, particularly the unlocked “K” chips, Intel’s APO technology has garnered attention for delivering impressive performance gains in gaming scenarios. Initial reports indicated up to a remarkable 32% boost in specific games, with official listings citing gains of 16% and 13% for titles such as Metro Exodus and Rainbow Six: Siege on 14th Gen K-CPUs.
The APO technology is designed to enhance the utilization of E-cores, not only within gaming applications but also during various tasks, resulting in accelerated performance. However, the initial limitation of APO support to 14th Gen CPUs sparked dissatisfaction among users attempting to apply the feature to older 12th and 13th Gen CPUs. Error messages stating that the CPU did not support APO technology raised concerns, especially given the architectural similarities between the 12th and 13th Gen CPUs, both based on the Gracemont core architecture.
In response to user feedback and to address the limitations, Intel has officially confirmed its commitment to expanding APO support to select 12th and 13th Gen CPUs, specifically focusing on the K-Series. This move is expected to bring a sigh of relief to a significant number of gamers who have invested in Intel’s K-Series CPUs within the 12th and 13th Gen family.
Each CPU will require individual optimization efforts, a task that Intel acknowledges as requiring substantial work due to the multitude of chips in each generation. The company’s emphasis on the K-Series CPUs underlines its dedication to catering to the gaming community, which predominantly relies on these processors for an enhanced gaming experience.
During the announcement, Intel also shared details about new titles set to receive APO support, adding excitement to the gaming community. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, F1 22, Strange Brigade (Vulkan), World War Z, Dirt 5, and World of Warcraft are among the 14 games slated to benefit from APO optimizations. This expansion of supported titles aligns with Intel’s commitment to providing users with a diverse and enriched gaming experience.
In addition to extending APO support to 12th and 13th Gen CPUs, Intel will also include its 14th Gen Raptor Lake-HX CPUs in the list of supported chips for APO. To fully enable APO on existing 600 and 700-series motherboards with 12th and 13th Gen CPUs, users will need to perform a BIOS update. This ensures that users across various platforms can take advantage of the enhanced performance offered by APO technology.
The move signals a positive stride for Intel in addressing user concerns and expanding the utility of its cutting-edge technologies. APO’s ability to fully utilize the E-Core potential within these processors positions it as a valuable addition for gamers, and the company is expected to further fine-tune performance for both existing and older hybrid chips. The community is eagerly awaiting the potential extension of APO support to Non-K CPUs, a development that could further solidify Intel’s position in the gaming market. As Intel continues to innovate, users can anticipate a more immersive and optimized gaming experience on their 12th and 13th Gen Desktop CPUs.