Intel APO game optimizing technology delivers up to 31% higher FPS with Core i9-14900K

Published: Oct 24th 2023, 07:48 GMT   Comments

Rainbow Six Siege up to 31% faster with Intel APO

Redditor shows massive gains in FPS with Intel APO enabled.

Intel Application Optimization (APO) is a new feature exclusively compatible with the 14th Gen Core CPU series. It draws upon insights gained from Thread Director, an Intel technology designed to optimize workloads based on the specific software in use and the core architecture best suited for the task. Inclusion of Thread Director was particularly important for Alder Lake, Intel’s first Core-S client CPU featuring a hybrid architecture, as it required robust software support.

Roger Chandler, Intel’s VP and the public face of the 14th Gen Core launch, clarified in an interview with TweakTown that APO represents the next evolution of this technology. What sets it apart are the optimizations it offers for each individual application. When a game is added to the APO list, it adjusts the Thread Director’s policy, with the goal of yielding even higher framerates for gamers, assuming all functions as intended.

Rainbow Six Siege, Source: Reddit

The Reddit user “LightMoisture” undertook a complex process to activate this technology in Rainbow Six Siege and Metro Exodus, both of which are officially compatible with APO. Their efforts yielded positive results, with an FPS increase from 273 to 339, marking a 24% improvement in Metro Exodus. In the case of Rainbow Six Siege, the results were even more impressive, elevating the FPS from 659 to 867, constituting a 31% increase. However, it’s important to bear in mind that these findings are solely based on the built-in benchmarks.

Metro Exodus, Source: Reddit

The per-app hybrid architecture optimizations are not universally activated across all games. Intel has offered two specific instances as examples: Rainbow Six Siege and Metro Exodus, both showing respective performance enhancements of 13% and 16%. The list of supported games is expected to grow, contingent on Intel’s confirmation of positive APO outcomes in each title. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that even Intel acknowledges that not all games will experience improvements with APO. Intriguingly, Intel is considering extending APO support to other software in the future, which may clarify why it isn’t exclusively designated as a “game optimizer.”

At this moment, Intel has not confirmed if this technology will ever be released with support for older generations of LGA1700 CPUs.

Source: Intel SubReddit

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