Intel’s APO Technology: Boosting Game Performance for 12th and 13th Gen Processors

There are instances when you might feel that your PC isn’t performing as well as it could, especially when certain games demand more processing power due to their optimization. If you happen to own a 12th or 13th generation Intel processor, you’re in luck, as Intel has plans to introduce a game optimization system for these CPUs.

Originally, this optimization system was designed exclusively for Intel’s 14th-generation processors. However, in response to feedback and criticisms, Intel has decided to extend its support to the two preceding generations as well. The reason behind this change of heart lies in the fact that these processors share similar designs and architecture, particularly in the efficiency cores, known as the Gracemont microarchitecture.

Improving Performance: How Does It Work?

You might wonder if this technology is really necessary, especially for those with powerful 12th and 13th generation processors, which can handle most games smoothly when coupled with appropriate hardware components. However, depending on your processor model, you may occasionally experience frame rate drops in games that heavily rely on CPU processing, especially if there’s a bottleneck.

This technology primarily aims to enhance game performance. According to Intel, it can theoretically provide up to a 32% increase in performance. However, this is a maximum figure on paper. Real-world data indicates an average performance boost of around 17% after applying this technology to various games. Some titles may even see improvements exceeding 20%, while others may not benefit significantly, with increases of less than 5%.

Will Your Intel CPU Be Optimized?

The central question is whether Intel intends to make its APO (Application Performance Optimization) technology available for all its processors. Currently, the answer is no. Initially, this optimization process will be reserved for processors of the “K” variant, as each CPU requires individual optimization. This implies that the technology won’t be released for all processors immediately, and it will take some time to become available to a broader audience.

If you happen to own a processor of the “K” variant, all you need to do is wait for this performance enhancement to become available. However, it’s important to note that not only should you have a compatible CPU, but the game itself must also support APO. This presents another limitation to consider. Currently, only 14 games are compatible with APO, including titles like World War Z, F1 22, and, somewhat surprisingly, World of Warcraft.

To take advantage of the performance boost once you have a compatible CPU and a supported game, you’ll need to update your motherboard’s BIOS. We’ll be sure to keep you informed and provide instructions when Intel makes this technology available to the general public, which should be happening soon.